Provisional Schedule & Conference Activities

Tuesday
June 20
  • Participants arrive at set windows throughout the day and are guided to their campus housing
  • Evening welcome ceremony
  • dinner (shared)
  • Music and opening conversations
Wednesday
June 21
  • Brief craft /subject talk or guided discussion during shared breakfast
  • Fellows meet with mentors
  • Morning generative workshops
  • Lunch (shared)
  • Craft/subject talk(s) and/or discussion panel, with Q&A
  • Dinner (off-campus)
  • Evening Readings (open to public)
Thursday
June 22
  • Brief craft /subject talk or guided discussion during shared breakfast
  • Morning generative workshops
  • Lunch (shared)
  • Craft/subject talk(s) and/or discussion panel, with Q&A
  • Dinner (off-campus)
  • Evening Readings (open to public)
Friday
June 23
  • Conversations/workshops about the potential future offerings of Yetzirah during shared breakfast
  • Morning generative workshops
  • Lunch (shared or off-campus?)
  • Participant reading (open to public)
  • Shabbat celebration
  • Shabbat dinner (shared)
  • Celebratory tische
Saturday
June 24
  • Transportation offered to those wanting to attend Saturday morning services. Or we might perhaps hold Saturday services on campus. (TBD)
  • Free day for participants to enjoy Asheville and surrounding areas. Some activities will be offered to those interested.
  • Possible guided study/discussions.
  • Culminating celebration of Havdalah, with bonfire and chance for community to share poems newly drafted at the conference.
Sunday
June 25
  • Fond farewells.

Activity Descriptions

Breakfast

  • Meditation or spiritual practice during breakfast
    • Morning prayers given and explained/expounded upon
    • Writing Prompt: Creating your own prayers for different occasions of the day (waking, eating breakfast, being in company for the first time)

Morning workshops

  • Each writing faculty will offer the same workshop each morning
    • Workshops will be generative, allowing all participants to find something of value
    • Participants will be divided into three groups to rotate through each workshop

Some possible topics for afternoon craft/subject talks and discussion panels

  • Introduction to specific Jewish poet or type of poetry
  • Considerations when trying to publish poetry grounded in religion and spirituality
  • Opportunities for Jewish poets (Followed by extended Q&A)
  • Study of a specific text (biblical and/or literary)
  • What’s Jewish about Jewish poetry?
  • Writing contemporary Midrash
  • Exilic studies
  • Writing the Holocaust
  • Divine gender (i.e. addresses to Adonai vs. Elohim vs. Shekinah, etc.)
  • Writing trauma (personal and generational)
  • Jewish poetry in translation/Translation as a Jewish act
  • The Jewish vernacular(s)
  • Uses of humor

Wednesday & Thursday off-campus dinners

  • Outreach will be done to local Asheville restaurants and vendors to offer discounts to Yetzirah participants

Readings

  • All readings open to public and advertised in both secular and Jewish local channels
  • Wednesday and Thursday readings given by conference faculty
  • Friday reading to feature interested participants
  • Each night:
    • 3 short readings by fellows
    • 2 established poets
    • 1 workshop faculty