Gathering Gold: An Outdoor Poetry Workshop


Join Catherine Young on an October afternoon to compose poetry overlooking the grounds of Folklore Village..

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Date: October 9, 2021

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Skill Level:  This workshop is for all writers – those who have never written to those who write regularly and seek new ideas.

Class Registration Fee:  Early Bird, by September 17, 2021: $40.00

After June 18, 2021: $45.00 

October writes the poet Barbara Crooker is the golden hour of the clock of the year.

Class description:  Using inspiration from poems, songs, and imagery centered on the themes of October bounty and transformation, we will spin gold!

From the porch, perched above Folklore Village’s golden prairie, we will work through creative prompts and exercises to generate and craft our own poetic gems.

Open to all writers and to anyone who loves sharing autumn’s gold.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $3 for a materials packet

Students need to bring the following supplies:

Please bring along writing tools: pen and notebook, tablet, or anything that works for you except for “Sharpies,” permanent, and dry erase markers. Please also refrain from wearing fragrance. I am disabled with MCS and need to eliminate exposures.

Bring walking shoes and clothing for outdoor October weather. We plan to hold a workshop in the shelter of the porch, within view of the golden prairie.

Depending upon the day and how we feel, we may like to spend a little bit of time out in the prairie.

Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place.

Catherine Young (MFA University of British Columbia) worked as a national park ranger, educator, and farmer before publishing her writing internationally and nationally in literary journals. Her memoir was longlisted for the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, and her work has received Pushcart and Best American Essays nominations. Catherine shares her delight in finding the heart of a story. 

Her writing has been featured in the collection of Driftless Area writing Contours, as well as in The Driftless Reader, Permanent Vacation II: Eighteen Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks, and Imagination & Place. Her work appears in literary journals nationally and internationally in About Place, Minding Nature, Fourth River, Hippocampus, Midwest Review, Cold Mountain, Camas, Passager, and Reliquiae among others. Her poetry has been published as broadsides for Fermentation Fest Farm Art / Dtour Passwords and Madison Metro Buslines. Catherine’s children’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appeared in Cricket.

Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Her writings and podcasts are available at