The 2013 Belfast Poetry Festival will offer four dynamic workshops to invigorate the poetic life Saturday, Oct. 19. The workshops will take place at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.; there will be morning and afternoon sessions. Each session will offer an opportunity to hone writing skills or ability to read/recite one’s work publically.

In the 10 to 11:30 a.m. session, the choice for writing is Poetic Models: Two Poets with poet and teacher Joel Lipman or, for performance skills, Stand Up Poetry with Belfast Poet Laureate Ellen Sander. In the 12:30 to 2 p.m. session, one may choose from Making Poems Sizzle: Oblique Writing with Rockland Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner or a Spoken Word Workshop with Robin Merrill. Complete descriptions of each workshop can be found at

The performance workshops will be held in the library’s Abbott Room and the writing workshops in the third-floor Conference Room.  Cost for each workshop is $25 and preregistration is required, as attendance is limited. To register, send a check for $25, made payable to “City of Belfast,” to Jacob Fricke, Belfast Poetry Festival, P.O. Box 911, Belfast, ME 04915.

The four workshop presenters will join 13 poets, 15 visual artists and 10 art galleries in the ninth annual Belfast Poetry Festival Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, throughout downtown Belfast and at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center. All events are free to the public and will include poetry readings, workshops, art exhibits, evening performances, poetry contests, curated show of collaborative projects between poets and visual and/or performing artists and book displays by Maine bookstores, publishers and authors. For the complete schedule, visit

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