Sherry Robbins is a poet, teaching artist, and freelance writer. She has conducted creative writing workshops throughout the state of New York and abroad since 1977, working with hundreds of students annually.

The Association of Teaching Artists named Robbins its 2005 New York State Teaching Artist of the Year. She serves on the National Endowment for the Arts/Art Works panel. In addition, Robbins is an arts education consultant for the University of Coimbra and the Belgais Center for the Study of Arts, both in Portugal. She is a certified yoga teacher, often incorporating movement into her creative writing residencies.

Robbins has published two books of poetry, “Snapshots of Paradise” and “Or, the Whale,” as well as dozens of poems in literary journals and anthologies here and in Spain and Portugal, including Earth’ s Daughters, Salmagundi, Denver Quarterly and Poets at Work.

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Literary

Programs

Journeys and Journals

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Students take a personal journey down the Erie Canal by speaking in the voices of the era. An experienced teaching poet or writer leads literary exercises involving vintage maps, photographs, drawings, and imaginative prompts. The poet/writer can incorporate concepts that the classroom teacher would like to focus on. Students learn to write in character, helping them develop a sense of narrative and delve more deeply into the details of daily life in a small town from the past. Over several workshops, the students engage in sustained imaginative writing, creating interrelated narratives involving diverse characters.

The number of workshops depends on the program and budget of an individual school. Contact the office to learn more.
Grade Level:
3-8
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

As You Like It

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A writing workshop adaptable to existing classroom studies or grade-level curriculum. The class' s basic framework includes presentation of poetic tools, such as metaphor and alliteration, followed by a class discussion of the day' s theme, reading short pieces, writing time with one-on-one encouragement, and the presentation of student work. Visual prompts are used to foster a sense of play. This workshop can be expanded into a multi-session residency.

This program can be tailored to suit an adult audience and is available as a professional development workshop.
Grade Level:
4-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Poetry in Motion

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Students participate in basic yoga poses such as Mountain, Tree, Lion and Downward Dog, which create a silent and peaceful state of concentration. To explore the relationship between movement and language, students then write a poem about the physical sensations and images that came to mind during the yoga pose.

This program can be tailored to suit an adult audience and is available as a professional development workshop.
Grade Level:
4-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00