Special Events

Continuing the Tradition in 2022

The Society of Great River Poets has been hosting creativity camps for adults for over 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 learning and doing! Camps are held at Langwood Education Center near Grandview, Iowa.

Click Here for Information on Langwood  (clicking on this link will take you to the Louisa County Conservation Langwood Education Center website)

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 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.For all events please make check payable to SGRP. Mail to Rod Reeves, 1605 South Street, Burlington, IA 52601. For more information or to register, email [email protected]

June 17 – 19: 2022 Creative Writing Camp for Adults

Registration fee is $15 for Friday, $35 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday, or $70 for all three days.
Email [email protected] for more information or to register.


 Friday June 17Lodge opens 4 PM.

7:00 PM Using Character to Create Conflict  Misty Urban Finding Poems in the Everyday and Mundane, Jodie Toohey

Saturday June 18

9:00  Haibun, Prose and Poetry in Hybrid Vigor Part I  Dennis Maulsby

10:45 Finding Poems in the Everyday and Mundane, Jodie Toohey

12:15 Lunch

1:30  The Amateur’s Guide to Writing Picture Books  Maggie Ripperger

3:15 Making Your Scene Come Alive Mike Bayles

5:00 Supper, create cover for instant anthology

Sunday June 13

9:00 Haibun, Prose and Poetry in Hybrid Vigor Part II  Dennis Maulsby

10:45 Research for Writers  Suzanne Ozsalar

12:15 Lunch, Open mic

1:30 Beginnings and Endings  Stephen Brayton

3:15 Fun with Short Forms Part IV Pat Bieber

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 your own books, art, or crafts. 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.

Friday $15     Saturday $35      Sunday $35     All three days $70

Please make check payable to SGRP. Mail to Rod Reeves, 1605 South Street, Burlington, IA 52601 Registration due June 7.

October 14 – 16: Creativity Camp for Adults

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  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: $15 per day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Please make check payable to SGRP. Mail to Rod Reeves, 1605 South Street, Burlington, IA 52601 Registration due October 7.