Saturday, September 17, 2016

Image of waterfall in Adamant, Vermont

Downtown Adamant

Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with built-in breaks and lunch provided. Optional potluck dinner to follow.

Place: Adamant Music School (Adamant, Vermont)

Retreat Type: Guided Poetry Retreat

Instructor: Baron Wormser

Number of available spots: 12


Please enter your first name, last name, and email address to be entered to win a spot in this writing retreat. In the comment field, please list the last 3 workshops you’ve attended within the past 3 months or your BWW volunteer role within the past year and the circumstances of any “no-shows” you may have had in the past 3 months. This lottery closes at midnight, August 15, 2016. You will be notified by August 22, 2016 if you have won a spot in this retreat.

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Who’s eligible for the lottery?

These retreats are not typical first-come, first-serve BWW workshops. They are intended as a benefit for active members of the BWW community. To make sure that all active BWW members have an equal chance of attending a retreat, participants will be selected through a lottery system.
Change RSVPTo be considered an active BWW member, you must have:
  1. Attended at least 3 workshops in the past 3 months or volunteered for the BWW within the past year. Please list the last 3 workshops you’ve attended, or your volunteer role, in your entry form.
  2. Had no unexplained “no-shows” (not coming to a workshop you signed up for without changing your RSVP) within the past 3 months. If you’ve had a no-show, please explain the circumstances in your entry form.
Note: Changing your RSVP to avoid a “no-show” status is easy. If you need to drop out of a workshop you’ve signed up for, just go to the workshop description on and click “CHANGE” under “Your RSVP”. Doing this also allows someone from the waitlist to take your open spot.

In an effort to ensure that as many members who want to attend a retreat have that opportunity, all available spots in each retreat will first be given to members who have not attended a previous retreat in the series.

More about the instructor

Baron WormserBaron Wormser was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1948. He grew up in Baltimore and went to high school at Baltimore City College and to college at the Johns Hopkins University. He did graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Maine.

In 1970 he moved to Maine with his wife Janet. For twenty-five years he worked as a librarian for SAD 59 in Madison, Maine. Also he taught poetry writing at the University of Maine at Farmington. From 1975 to 1998 he lived with his family in Mercer, Maine, in an off-the-grid house on forty-eight acres. His memoir, The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid, (see Books) concerns that experience.

In 2000 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Maine by Governor Angus King. He served in that capacity for six years and visited many libraries and schools throughout Maine. Also he read his poem “Building a House in the Maine Woods, 1971” at Governor Baldacci’s inauguration in 2003.

He currently resides in Montpelier, Vermont, with his wife. In 2009 he joined the Fairfield University MFA program. He works widely in schools with both students and teachers.

Wormser has received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and the Kathryn A. Morton Prize along with fellowships from Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2000 he was writer in residence at the University of South Dakota. Wormser founded the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and also the Frost Place Seminar.

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More about the location

Adamant Music School

Adamant Music School, site of the 2016 BWW Guided Poetry Retreat

The Adamant Music School was founded in 1942 in the unincorporated village of Adamant, Vermont, eight miles north of the state capitol of Montpelier. Edwine Behre, Alice Mary Kimball, and Harry Godfrey created the school as a refuge for Edwine Behre’s New York City piano students—a place to concentrate on piano in pleasant rural surroundings, away from the stress and concerns of the city.

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