Special Events

Continuing the Tradition in 2021

June 11 – 13, Langwood Education Center

Registration is now open for the 2021 Creative Writing Camp for Adults!
The Society of Great River Poets has been hosting creativity camps for adults for almost twenty years. The goal of the camps is to enhance your creative spirit, and to allow you to learn and experiment with new outlets for your creativity in a welcoming, non-judgemental community. No experience is necessary – the only requirements are that you are at least 18 years of age and are open to trying new things!

Registration fee is $15 for Friday, $35 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $60 for all three days.
Email [email protected] for more information or to register.


 Friday June 11 — Gate opens 4 PM.

7:00 PM Jodie Toohey, Exercise in Free Writing

Saturday June 12

9:00 Misty Urban, The Seven Plots

10:45 Audra Brown, Micro Fiction

12:15 Lunch

1:30  Maggie Ripperger, Self-Editing Your Orphan Poems

3:15 Mike Bayles, Poetry and Place

5:00 Supper, create cover for instant anthology

Sunday June 13

9:00 Pat Bieber, The Hero’s Journey

10:45 Jerry Narland, Er, Um, You Know: Presenting your Writing

12:15 Lunch

1:30 Pat Bieber, Fun with Short Forms Part III

Clean up and departure.

Other things we do: Share stories and poetry by the campfire, walk trails or canoe the pond for inspiration, find solitude, find companionship. The Instant Anthology will be back by popular demand. Bring copies of up to ten pages of your original work, collated and paper clipped, that you would like to share. (We’ll let you know a few days beforehand how many copies to bring.) A three-hole punch and art materials will be provided so you can create a cover for your instant anthology.

Sell It & Swap It: You can sell books or crafts you have authored. If you have books, music, crafting supplies, etc. to give away you can leave them on the swap table. Items left behind at the end of the weekend will be donated.

What we Eat: Bring your own food and beverages. A stove, microwave, refrigerator, and tableware are available. Cookware is limited. Please clean up whatever you use and put your name on anything you don’t plan to share. We’ll set up a table for any shared goodies.

Where we stay: At Langwood, in your own tent/camper (electric $10) or in the rustic dorm. Commute or book your own stay at a B&B or motel.

More things to bring:

water bottle; sunscreen; insect repellent; citronella candles; flashlight; lawn chair; old shoes for walking or canoeing; weather appropriate clothing; writing, reading, art, and craft materials of your choice for free time.   If staying at Langwood: tent (optional) bedding or sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries

Please Note: There is no WIFI at Langwood and cellular service might be  spotty depending on your server.

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Preregistration required by June 5. Note change in daily fees.

Friday $15     Saturday $35      Sunday $20     All three days $60

Please make check payable to SGRP. Mail to Rod Reeves, 1605 South Street, Burlington, IA 52601

 Save the Date!

October 22 – 24, 2021: Creativity Camp for Adults at Langwood Education Center. No workshops, just days full of TIME to work on whatever creative project you want! Write, stitch, paint, take pictures, read, walk, dream…        Bring your own materials and supplies.

langwood-pond Note that due to the lateness of the season and possible freezing temperatures the water might be turned off. In that case large jugs of water and a portable toilet will be provided. For that reason this weekend is offered at half price, currently $15 per day or $30 for the entire weekend.