National Writing Project

Tucson Ready for the Rural Sites Retreat

By: Anne-Marie Hall
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 8, No. 1
Date: January-February 2003

Summary: National Writing Project site leaders and teacher-consultants are invited to attend the NWP Rural Sites Spring Retreat, "Blending Voices and Place: A Rural Sites Network Reflection Retreat," in Tucson, Arizona, February 28–March 2, 2003.

 

" . . . come to the landscape that was hidden under the sea."
—Lucille Clifton

National Writing Project site leaders and teacher-consultants are invited to attend the NWP Rural Sites Spring Retreat, "Blending Voices and Place: A Rural Sites Network Reflection Retreat," in Tucson, Arizona, February 28–March 2, 2003.

One of the highlights of the event will be a preretreat trip to the riparian wilderness of Sabino Canyon on Friday. The canyon, which has a running stream year round, is filled with cottonwood and willow trees, sycamore, walnut, ash, desert mesquite, palo verde, and brittlebush. A narrated tram ride will take retreat participants 3.8 miles through the canyon, taking in magnificent views of saguaros on canyon walls. There, participants will enjoy a box lunch, absorb the beauty, and have an opportunity to write. We will be led by Richard Shelton, renowned author of, among other books, The Tattered Desert, winner of the International Poetry Forum's United States Award.

That evening, at our hotel, events will include a performance by a student string quartet, and a banquet followed by Native American students reading from their work.

On Saturday, featured presenter Tom Romano will conduct a workshop on "Blending Genre, Altering Style." This presentation will be followed by numerous workshops representing the theme of voice and place. Lunch on Saturday will be a Mexican meal at which local children will perform, dancing folklorico and playing mariachi music. Saturday evening, the host site, Southern Arizona Writing Project, will host a reception featuring the Composition Blues Band.

Finally, on Sunday morning, participants will enjoy a celebration of the weekend, eating breakfast together and sharing writing. So y'all come, you hear?

For more information about the Rural Sites Retreat, go online to archive.nwp.org/cs/public/print/programs/rsn?x-t=events.view.

About the Author Anne-Marie Hall is the director of the Southern Arizona Writing Project and teaches in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Teaching of English Program at the University of Arizona.

 

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