From tips on improving your writing to analyzing the craft to renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances, the 2008 state CFCP, Inc. Convention offers a wide variety of activities, according to Program and Convention Chair Ursula T. Gibson. PDF registration forms will be downloadable by January 31.

Well-known writers and performers from throughout the state will present sessions during the two and one-half-day weekend of events at the Marriott Airport Hotel in Ontario. Notable among them are John Amen, poet, performer, and publisher of The Pedestal; Don Kingfisher Campbell, poet, teacher, and founder of Emerging Urban Poets; Katerina Canyon, second poet laureate of Sunland-Tujunga; Lee Collins, well-known humorous poet; Marlene Hitt, first poet laureate of Sunland-Tujunga; Deborah P. Kolodji, president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the editor of Amaze: The Cinquain Journal; Ric Masten, unofficial poet laureate of Big Sur, recipient of a CSU Monterey Bay honorary doctorate and author of 14 books; and Keith Van Vliet, Glendale community advocate, poet and photographer.

Schedule of Sessions                
A complete outline will be posted soon

The traditional awards and recognition for contests are woven into a series of appropriate activities each day.

Registration, check-in and set-up for the Convention will begin at 2 pm on Friday afternoon, April 25.

Opening Ceremonies will be at 6:00 pm with CFCP President Edward Bearden presiding.

The first poetry workshop will be presented at 7:00 by john Amen, on Accessing Archetypal Life-Images: Writing from the Crucial.

The evening will conclude with a traditional Bardic Circle, an informal read-around of participants reading from their own work.

Saturday will include an exhibit of the Children’s Poetry Fair as well as having members’ books and materials on exhibit and available for sale throughout the day.

Morning sessions include workshops by Katerina Canyon, Dream-Inspired Poetry; and Don K. Campbell, Finding poetry in Unexpected Places. The Poets Luncheon will include entertainment by a trio of poets, and conclude with the General Board Meeting. If further CFCP, Inc. business needs to be conducted, it will be done on Sunday, from 8 – 8:30 am.

The afternoon will begin with a workshop offered by Letter to the World, a student chapter.

This will be followed by the Youth Contest Awards begining at 3:15 with Youth Contest chair Elaine E. Harper presiding. It will be concluded by a Young Poets Reception for the winners, their parents, and all participants.

Evening activities begin at 6:30 pm with a workshop on Ancient and Modern Haiku by Deborah P. Kolodji. A second workshop, Humor in Poetry, will follow, presented by Lee Collins.

The evening will again conclude with a traditional Bardic Circle, an informal read-around of participants reading from their own work beginning at 9:15 pm. SPECIAL EVENT: After the first read-around, we will have a short presentation by Sharon Hawley, A Bike Ride From Coast to Coast, including a slide presentation. After that, the read-arounds will continue until we all give up for the night.

Sunday morning continues the Children’s Poetry Fair as well as the exhibit and sale of members' books and materials. The first session is a workshop on Poetry and Photography by Keith Van Vliet.

The remainder of the morning until 1 pm will be the Annual Contest Awards, with a workshop by Ric Masten at 2:30 pm on The Art of Building Word Corrals, and at 4 pm on The Masked Poet by Marlene Hitt.

The evening hosts the traditional Golden Pegasus Banquet, with Ric Masten as the featured speaker. His entertainment will be on Poetry and Inspiration. The presentation of awards and trophies will conclude the evening, followed, if not too late, by one last gathering of the Bardic Circle.

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