High schoolers build confidence at writing retreat

High school students and visiting performance poets pose for a group photo at Paul Smith’s College on Oct. 28 during the Adirondack Center for Writing’s annual high school writing retreat
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High school students and visiting performance poets pose for a group photo at Paul Smith’s College on Oct. 28 during the Adirondack Center for Writing’s annual high school writing retreat (Photo provided)

PAUL SMITHS — One hundred and ten students from all over the Adirondacks filled the Pine Room at Paul Smith’s College on Oct. 28 for the Adirondack Center for Writing’s annual high school writing retreat.

The workshop leaders included performance poets Lauren Whitehead, Jose Olivarez and Jon Sands, who each performed their own work to kick off the event, and then led smaller groups of students in writing workshops. Students jumped into two rounds of workshops featuring examples of odes, love and diss poems, and advice poems, and were then provided with writing exercises and the time to get words on the page.

At the end of the day, workshop leaders welcomed students to the stage to perform their own writing from the day. Previously shy and anxious students shed their worries and performed for a supportive audience of peers and mentors.

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