I led my first visual poetry workshop at First Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino as part of a Worship Renewal grant. The participants ranged from age 3 on up! This was a new experience for most of the people. They did great. It was a rich day of honoring one another.

The first exercise was a collaboration. Using my art quilts as inspiration each person wrote on a 3×5″ card a part of the poem. Each table was a group. The cards were randomly put together and read as a poem. Some were serious and others were humorous.

Now they were to imagine interviewing something from nature using my photographs as inspiration. The day was beautiful so some decided to go outside to write.

Back inside people shared at each table what they wrote.

Time to collage selecting images and text that were meaningful for each person.

After creating a collage, each person wrote a walking poem. They were to pretend they were taking a walk through their images. One person from each table shared their collage and poem!

A wonderful day expressing words of life for a new year!


~ by fiberverse on January 17, 2011.


  1. Cindy, I loved the engaging variety of avenues you used in your workshop to enable participant creativity! Looks like it was a beautiful day of poetry!

  2. I can see that this was a wonderful experience for all involved. So glad you were able to be there to assist others in tuning into their creative voices.

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