From tips on improving your writing to analyzing the craft to renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances, the 2009 state CFCP, Inc. Convention offers a wide variety of activities, according to Program Chair debee loyd. PDF registration forms are available.

Schedule of Sessions

May 1, Friday:

Registration begins at 3 pm as do our first workshops in the large room called “Maxi’s” – the “Poetry Saloon”... with 20 minute mini-workshops called “shooters.” Set ’em up, knock ’em back and go to the next one. Member-led workshops (if you wish to lead one, let us know).

Workshops 3 to 6 pm – a total of nine !! You could have 9 poems by 6 pm.

Friday evening at 7 pm Ed Bearden will officially open the convention in “Maxi’s.”

Following a brief program, we will adjourn for Bardic Circle “read arounds” beginning at 8 pm – and multiple locations are being offered, so you have more than one chance to read your poems, and to hear others.

May 2, Saturday:

8:15 am
– Connie Post, poet laureate of Livermore, will lead a workshop on “Autism: my child” ... this should be terrific, as Connie is not only a good poet, but the mother of an autistic child.

8 am – Poetry Diner wil open ... bring your coffee and some poetry. room for writing.

8 am – Youth Workshop in Club Maxi. Plenty of room for our “world of poets.” You don’t know what they will come up with – but it’s guaranteed to be stimulating for your poetry.

9 am – Susan Kelly-Dewitt, Sacramento poet, will lead you to “the one special space” where your poems live (and sometimes hide from you). Susan has many books and teaches for UC Davis extention writing program.

10 am – Gillian Wegener, Modesto poet, will discuss being published by a small press. Her latest book was the product of a cooperative called “16 rivers press.” Her book “Beyond Clairvoyance” will be available.

10:30 am – respite room for quiet time

10:30 am – Stephen Sadler presents “the process.” Bring poems for critiquing in this workshop. Stephen is a many time winner of awards and contests. This workshop is a must do !!

11:30 am Executive Board meets

LUNCH BREAK – time to explore the over 60 restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel.

1 pm – Melissa Loyd-Cesario, MFT/RFT , is head of the school based mental health program for Contra Costa County School District. She will conduct a workshop entitled "Act it Out, Write it Down!" ... Melissa has many years experience in drama therapy – a companion to our keynote speaker’s field (poetic medicine). 

2:30 pm – Victoria O’Kane is the author of "Journey to Joy," a book dealing with finding and building self-esteem when it has been stripped from you. Victoria is a bay area writer and poet.

2:30 pm – Youth Awards – in the Club Maxi we will hear the winning poems of young writer’s present, and enjoy a reception following. This is the culmination of our youth contest, and a rewarding addition to our program.

2:45 pm – the Bookworm opens. Our bookstore is open to all who wish to bring chapbooks and printed material. Please have prices clearly marked, an envelope for your $$ and your name on everything. We are always looking for bookstore help. If you can give an hour or two, please let us know. Bookworm will be open until sunday evening at 5 pm.

5 pm – John Fox, our keynote speaker for Sunday afternoon, will do a 45 minute Q & A and introduce himself to our group in the Club Maxi.

6 pm – dinner hour

7 pm – Ed Bearden will present an hour of entertainment in Club Maxi. As MC he has lined up some interesting talent. Don’t miss this!

8 pm – Bardic Circle read arounds – find a new group to read with. Try something different.

May 3, Sunday:

8 am – 12 noon – breakfast brunch at Club Maxi.

12:30 pm – John Fox will present a workshop, “Poetic Medicine,” in the Stanislaus/San Joaquin Room of the Modesto Centre Plaza (attached to the hotel). Come early, no reserved seating. Bring paper and lots of sharp pencils. John Fox is the granddaddy of using poetry as medicine. Memorial Hospital is co-sponsoring this event, so we will be joined by members of the medical community from around the area. If you need CME’s for your job, please call Ed Bearden.

3:30 pm – John will be joined by members of our workshop team for Q & A.

4 pm – 5 pm – Prepare for dinner

5 pm – AWARDS Banquet ... begins with awards, dinner at

6:30 pm – must have ticket

7:15 pm – AWARDS continue to closing which includes changing of officers.

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