Seeing everyone's faces was wonderful. Hearing the poetry that was read reminded me how important it is to hear a variety of voices as a writer. I have some lists of topics and more to inform my writing after completing the exercises.
I found the workshop very helpful and informative. What was presented took me forward with checking out other poets, and more.
The morning opening ceremony and introduction was a great way to begin on a note of spiritual creativity. The breakout I participated in was superb in all ways.
The conference was very helpful especially the workshop I attended. The conference organization was perfect. I like to thank the organizers for all the work they did on every one of its aspects but especially on the Zoom connection.
I was inspired by the presence of so many - our need to be together and write.
It was both inspiring and motivational. And totally germane to our current world.
The Círculo summer conference is our major annual event. On Saturday, August 14th, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm the conference took place online using Zoom. It was a full day of getting to know each other, workshops, and more, concluding with an open mic for all participants.
Here's What Took Place:
10:30 to 11:00: Welcome, Chat, and Questions
11:00 to 12:00: Break-Out Session #1 (two workshops/choose one)
12:00 to 12:30: Lunch (Take a break! Stretch? Go for a walk?)
12:30 to 1:15: Tribute to Francisco X. Alarcon
1:15 to 1:30: Intermission
1:30 to 2:30: Break-Out Session #2 (two workshops/choose one)
2:45 to 3:30: Reading and Open Mic
3:30 to 4:00: Closing, Chat, and Bendiciones
The 2021 Círculo de poetas and Writers conference included two break-out sessions where participants wrote poetry and prose with our workshop leaders, Nicole Henares, Naomi Quiñonez, Lara Gularte, Violeta Orozco & Masiel M. Corona. As always, each workshop was open to all writers, from those just starting their writing journey to published authors.
For each break-out session, participants chose one workshop:
Break-out Session #1 (11:00 to 12:00)
Workshop A: "The Heroine's Journey"--Lead by Nicole Henares
Workshop B: "Embracing Writer's Block & Warming Up to Your Writing Style" --Lead by Naomi Quiñonez
Break-out Session #2 (1:30 to 2:30)
Workshop A: "Black Elk's Sacred Hoop: Finding Your Circle Power" --Lead by Lara Gularte
Workshop B: "Writing as a Box of Memories" --Lead by Violeta Orozco & Masiel M. Corona
The conference was held on Zoom, and we had a "How to Use Zoom" Q & A on Friday, August 13th at 6 pm.
The conference concluded with an Reading and Open Mic were over 20 participants shared their work.
As always, the conference was free and open to the public, though we accept donations.
The annual Círculo conference takes place in August every year. If possible, for 2022, we hope to have live sessions in Oakland, CA, and online through Zoom.
Every conference includes break-out sessions where participants can generate poetry and prose. Each workshop is open to all writers, from those just starting their writing journey to published authors.
The conference concludes with a "Reading and Open Mic" open to all participants.
The annual Círculo conference is free and open to the public, though we do accept donations. No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds. We would appreciate a $25 donation. You can also become a Círculo member or continue your membership by posting the annual $50 dues.
A Círculo membership includes our annual conference and a spot on our member's page. On the member's page, you can post a pic, bio, and a writing sample (one poem or a paragraph). If a membership isn't right for you, feel free to support Círculo with a donation in any amount.
After paying the annual dues, send your pic, bio, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Each Círculo membership must be renewed annually in August.)
Círculo is a non-profit organization.