Special Events

Continuing the Tradition in 2018

Scholarships Available!

Registration is now open for the 2018 Creativity Camp!
The Society of Great River Poets has been hosting Creativity Camps for adults for almost twenty years. The goal of the Creativity Camp 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 in writing. arts, or crafts 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, $30 for Saturday, $30 for Sunday, or $60 for all three days.
Email [email protected] for more information or to register.

Friday, June 15

4 PM: Unpack, create name tag, get your secret writing assignment, free time, supper on your own (we’ll get the campfire going!)

7PM: Short n Sweet  We’ve all heard of haiku – now learn about a few of poetry’s other short forms! Led by Pat Bieber

8 PM: Carpool to Witte Observatory for stargazing (about 35 minutes) or free time

Saturday, June 16

9 AM: Master Plots and How to Use Them—Led by Misty Urban

10:30: Short Story – Blaine Micu

Noon: Lunch on your own

1:30 PM Introduction to Water Color Painting – all supplies provided. Led by Maggie Ripperger

3 PM: Writing with ESP – Led by Teresa Phillips

5 PM: Supper on your own

7 PM: Campfire chat: share stories, poems, or music, or just listen and eat s’mores!

Sunday, June 17

9 AM: Keys to a Successful Critique Group – Bring a poem or a page or two of prose so we have something to practice our critiquing skills on. Led by Stephen Brayton.

10:30: Introduction to Yoga: not to worry, we’ll utilize chairs and learn how yoga can enhance creativity. Led by Betsy Zmuda-Swanson

11:00: Share secret writing assignments

Noon: Lunch on your own

1:30: PM Sharpie Tie-Dye – bring a 100% cotton t-shirt, washed and dried without fabric softener. Led by Cynthia Micu

3 PM: How to Develop Characters Indirectly—Led by Jerrold Narland

4:30 PM:Follow-up, Clean-up & Departure

Registration is limited so sign up soon!

General Information


Langwood Education Center, near Grandview, Iowa, is a former youth camp now owned by Louisa County. Grandview is on Highway 61 between Muscatine and Wapello. Look for the brown park signs at the exit. The address is 14019 H Avenue, Wapello IA 52653. (Yes, the closest town is Grandview but the address is Wapello.)

The Facilities:

The lodge includes a kitchen area, tables and chairs, AC and a wood stove. Sleeping in the lodge is an option if you bring your own mattress pad and don’t mind people coming in to work on projects or grab a snack during the night. No WIFI. The A-Frame has two large rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs, with cots. Men sleep upstairs, women downstairs. Electrical outlets available. Restrooms and showers are in a separate building near the A-frame. Trails wind through Langwood’s 90 wooded acres. Trail maps will be available in the lodge. The pond is not large, but is set down in a secluded hollow to get that feeling of being out in the wilderness. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets (required) are located by the pond.

Things to bring:

For Workshops: Keys to a Successful Critique Group, 15 copies of a page or two of prose or poetry: Sharpie Tie-Dye, a white 100% cotton t-shirt or other item you want to tie-dye, washed and dried without fabric softener.

Food: Bring your own food and beverages. Coffee, water, stove, microwave, refrigerator available. Please put your name on your food packages if not using your own cooler. 90 minutes allowed for lunch if you want to go to a restaurant.

General: 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.      

For swapping or selling:  If you have books, music, or craft materials you no longer want, you can put them on the swap table to give away. If you have artwork, crafts, books, etc. to sell, you can price and display them.

If staying at Langwood: tent (optional) bedding or sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries

Optional: musical instruments; Wine & beer in quart sizes or smaller are OK per county regulations; snacks or desserts to share. Folding table if you have one or have room to transport it. Copies of your writing/art to share.

Save the Dates!

October 19 – 21, 2018: Creativity Retreat at Langwood Education Centerlangwood-pond


June 7 – 9, 2019: Creativity Camp at Langwood Education Center