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Workshop: Writing from Historical Objects

A free writing workshop, “Writing from Historical Objects” with Beth Robinson, will be 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.

Workshop participants will write poetry and prose inspired by items in the museum’s collection.
Participants should bring paper and a writing utensil. This event will be 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

Many American poets have used historical documents, images and stories as a basis for powerful poems that explore “cultural memory,” the place where personal and cultural history intersect.
This workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to explore the challenges and possibilities of working with research, historical documents, and archives.

We’ll read historical-document poems by several contemporary American poets and then write our own. Plan on using an item in the Heritage Center collection or bring your own “historical” – personal, familial, or cultural – photo, document, or object for you to use with the writing prompt.

Robinson is an award-winning Oklahoma author and poet who teaches writing at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. She taugh in the English Department at Oklahoma City University for nine years, and at Northern Oklahoma College, Rose State College, the University of Oklahoma Continuing Education program, Moore-Norman Technical Center, and the OCU Red Dirt MFA program.

On the Oklahoma Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Roster since 1998, she presents workshops and enjoys creating with writers of all ages across the state. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism/professional writing and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing. Robinson’s book, “Poetry Unbound” written with women incarcerated at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, was a finalist for the Oklahoma  Book Award in 2014. She is the mother of four amazing humans, three dogs and a box turtle. 

This program was originally scheduled with Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish.

This workshop will be helpful for those who want to participate in the upcoming cowboy poetry contest that we are having Friday, Nov. 16, prior to the fourth annual Chisholm Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Please visit all of our events here on our website to learn more.
Registration for the workshop is not required, but is appreciated. To register, call (580) 252-6692, or email:


This event paid by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and financial assistance from members just like you. Consider becoming a member of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center today.



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