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The Made Thing –

A Beginner’s Poetry Workshop


Instructor: Michelle Castleberry 



Day / Dates: Thursdays, September 11 through October 23, 2014 
Times: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Length of Class: 6 Sessions / 2 Hours each Session + Open Reading for final Oct 23 session

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $120.00
Non-members - $130.00

Materials List: Bring your favorite poem to the first class and writing materials / an attitude of curiosity to all classes.

This class, for beginning adult writers, is aimed at providing a place to generate poems, gather poem-making tools, and learn how to sharpen one’s work.

Many feel intimidated at the thought of reading, much less writing, poetry. Yet “poem” means, at root, “a made thing.” This class is an introduction into the practice of crafting poetry, using language and the writer’s own experiences of the world. Together we will look at examples of different ways to trigger poems then draft, edit, share and present our “made things.”

All registrants will receive a signed copy of Michelle's acclaimed book, Dissecting the Angel and Other Poems.



Michelle Castleberry's work has appeared in Umbrella, The Naugatuck River Review, Poemeleon, The Anthology of Southern Poetry: Vol. V - Georgia, and The Chattahoochee Review. She is a regular reader in the Athens, Georgia community of Word of Mouth, a monthly open poetry reading. Her work, in text and audio form, can be found at

Her first book, Dissecting the Angel and Other Poems, was recently selected as finalist in poetry for the Georgia Author of the Year Award.

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"So You Want to be a Columnist"

Instructor: Dr. Wally Eberhard 

Class is full! Please sign up on the Wait List below to be notified of future classes.

Day / Dates: Tuesdays, August 12,19, 26, September 2

Hours: 4:00 6:00pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Class will take place in the 1902 OCAF Center building at 34 School Street in Watkinsville.

Class fee: $60 OCAF Members, $70 Non-Members


Opinions? We all have them. Editorial and "op-ed" (the page opposite the editorials in many publications) pieces are designed to stir us up, urge action, help us through life or maybe remind us of the good old days. You've been reading them for years. And, if you learn how to craft such opinions so an editor's eyebrows go up, your work may get published. With a cheap or free website or blog, your opinions can circle the globe. OR you may have expertise in a specific area to share with readers - knitting, genealogy, cooking, travel, for starters.  

This course will walk, talk and write you through the basics of writing columns. Why do we read them? What makes one writer's work more appealing than another? What do editors expect? How do I go about establishing myself as a regular columnist? We'll talk ABOUT doing columns and we'll WRITE at least one with a market in mind.



Dr. Eberhard recently retired from the Grady College Department of Journalism, where he taught a wide variety of writing and editing courses for 30 years. Before that he taught half-time at the University of Wisconsin, while working on a doctorate in mass communication. And before that he taught at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University.

His journalism career covered a decade of experience as a reporter, editor and co-publisher of newspapers and magazines. He holds degrees from Michigan, Bowling Green and Wisconsin. He wrote a weekly column for the newspaper he and his wife owned in Michigan, and his columns are features have appeared in the Athens Banner-Herald, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Greenville (S.C.) News, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Southern Distinction, Athens Magazine and the UGa alumni magazine.




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Beyond Memoir 

With Poet and Essayist Dana Wildsmith

Focus on the facts of your life to create stories, poems and essays which move beyond merely recording family stories. This class is for you if you have something to say to a larger audience, even if you are not sure how to begin. Learn how to go beyond memoir to saying something of value without being preachy or pedantic. Shape and share your writing with the class. We'll also discuss publication possibilities.

This class is suitable for writers of all levels.

The Beyond Memoir class was a great success and we are talking with Dana about a repeat of the class and possible other Literary classes. Interested? Sign up on our Waiting List below.

danawildsmithdeskAn award-winning Georgia writer, Dana Wildsmith is author of the nonfiction memoir Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm In the New South (2010), which references her life on a 150-year-old farm outside Bethlehem, Georgia, and her discomfort with encroaching urban sprawl. She also has written five books of poems with her most recent collection of poetry published in 2013, Christmas in Bethlehem. Additionally her collection of poetry, One Good Hand (2005), was a SIBA Poetry Book of the Year nominee.

Wildsmith has served as artist-in-residence at Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and has been a poetry fellow with the South Carolina Academy of Authors. She has taught writing workshops throughout the Southeast and currently English as a Second language at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, GA. For more information visit

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