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🖊 Poetry Writing Workshop with Mary Lynn Oertel at the Mason City Public Library

June 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

<h1 class="tribe-events-single-event-title">🖊 Poetry Writing Workshop with Mary Lynn Oertel at the Mason City Public Library</h1>
Part of the Mason City Public Library’s annual adult Summer Library Program. This year’s theme is: Find Your Voice!
June 15th will be a Day of Poetry at Mason City Public Library! We’ll kick of the day with a poetry writing workshop led by Mary Lynn Oertel.
What: Poetry Writing Workshop
Title: Buried Treasure: Poetry When You Find Your Voice
Presenter: Mary Lynn Oertel
Date: 15 June 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 A.M.
Location: Mason City Public Library – Commons Patio (alternative location: Commons)
Workshop Description: What if someone told you that you were a poet? Would you say Nah, I’m not creative. Poetry scares me. Poems have to rhyme. If you feel that way, this workshop will show you that these things are not true. You’ll learn about Gathas, which are simple 4-line unrhymed poems about you and a favorite thing in your life. And how happy it makes you. You can write about anything you like baseball, motorcycles, shopping, art, a person, etc. C’mon, give it a try, we can all enjoy each other’s Gathas. Mary Lynn will be happy to help you learn how.
Speaker Bio: Mary Lynn Oertel grew up being grateful for the Mason City Library’s librarians for picking out her books. Her Master of Arts is in World Literature from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. As a writing instructor, her work has included NIACC, Drake University, Grand View University, DMACC, and K-12 teaching. She is a word nerd, cozy-mystery enthusiast, cowboy cook and nature lover. She is passionate about witnessing writing students find their voice.
Please Note: This program is being presented in conjunction with the Kelli Lage – Poetry: Author Visit in the afternoon on 15 June 2023.
A light lunch and beverages will be available for purchase at Java Works in the Library Commons between programs.


June 15
10:30 am - 11:30 am


Mason City Public Library
225 2nd St SE
Mason City, IA 50401 United States
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