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Opening night will be Sunday, June 17 2018. 

Workshop leader updates for 2018 are still in development.

Swirl2018 Conference Schedule: Writer Workshops


June 19 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 20 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 21 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 22 9:00 am - 11:30 am
June 23 9:00 am - 11:30 am


The primary focus is crafting of poems that students bring to the “feast of words.” Within that context, I give comments to suggest how to improve that specific poem, but also poetry writing in general, including the structure, emotional content, language, imagery, rhythm, what strengthens a poem and when it is not working, why. Assignments are given each day. There is some writing in the workshop.

Workshop Leader

Perie Longo

As a past Santa Barbara Poet Laureate (2007-2009), I learned how poetry is a meaningful link to our community, and that writing about what lives in our backyard often connects us to the wider world in significant ways. I have published four books of poetry: Milking The Earth, The Privacy Of Wind, With Nothing Behind But Sky: a journey through grief and Baggage Claim. Nominated for the Pushcart prize three times, my work has appeared in Askew, Atlanta Review, Connecticut Review, International Poetry Review, Miramar, Nimrod, Paterson Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Quiditty, Rattle, South Carolina Review and several others as well as being a contributing poet in several anthologies. I was also a poet in the schools for over twenty-five years and continue to teach privately. As a psychotherapist, I often integrate poetry for healing.

In 2005 I was invited to the University of Kuwait to speak on Poetry as a Path to Peace and give workshops. I’ve been teaching poetry wi[More]