Additional Full Day Workshops

Additional Full Day Workshops

In addition to our popular theme weeks and craft workshops, we are including a few individual full-day workshops this summer. These workshops take place concurrently with theme weeks but operate on a separate schedule. As with craft workshops, the workshops below offer in-depth, week-long instruction. Specific times are listed in the descriptions below. Participants in these workshops are welcome to attend theme week cultural sessions and evening activities.

Tuition Guide:
$490/week if paid before June 1. $530/week if paid on or after June 1.
(+ Room & Board or other available options.)
Registration will open on March 1, 2019.

Participants register for one workshop for the week. Each workshop builds upon information presented the previous day.

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July 7 – 12, 2019

Lap Dulcimer (Advanced Beginning) – Luanna Moore

Through old tunes and songs of many genres, such as old-time, folk, gospel, Celtic, and country, we will expand playing abilities. We will explore adding chords to tunes; playing chords for jamming and accompaniment; playing in different keys, with and without a capo; playing in different octaves; and techniques such as hammers and slides. We will expand your repertoire of tunes. Most tunes will be taught in DAD, and some may be taught in DAA. Tunes will be taught many ways, and standard dulcimer tab will be provided for all tunes. Bring a capo if you have one, but don’t worry if you don’t.

This workshop is geared toward the advanced beginner level, meaning when you come to class you should be able to comfortably play some tunes, maybe add a few simple chords, and are ready to learn more tunes and techniques.

The workshop is a full-week class, and will meet from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Participants are welcome to attend the Classic Country and Cajun & Creole Week cultural sessions after lunch each day, and will have the opportunity to perform as a class in the Friday afternoon showcase.

To register, select “Arts, Crafts, Dance, & Folklore: July 7-12” on the registration page.

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Luanna Moore

Luanna Moore was born and raised in the Elkins area. Her interest in the Mountain Dulcimer was sparked when she was a student at Berea College in Kentucky and had the opportunity to hear and see Jean Ritchie in concerts and workshops. Her father, a woodworker, made her first dulcimer from plans in Popular Mechanics. She carried her dulcimer to camps around the state, playing popular camp and folk songs of the sixties. In the 1980s, she took her first Augusta class and learned to play with others and use chords. Since that time, she has taken more Augusta classes, and participated in workshops in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. She is a regular at Pickin’ in the Park here in Elkins. She teaches weekly classes in mountain dulcimer at the Homestead Community Center and the Elkins Senior Center, where she also teaches hammered dulcimer. She leads workshops annually at Pattyfest and teaches tunes for the Mountaineer Dulcimer Convention. She has introduced hundreds of school students — pre-K through 12th grade — to the mountain dulcimer. She entertains at nursing homes, senior center events, churches, and many other local groups. She has introduced hundreds of school students to the mountain dulcimer. Through teaching, she continues to pass on the heritage and the music of the dulcimer to others.

July 14 – 19, 2019

Creative Writing (All Levels) – Rebecca Gayle Howell

In Appalachia, we talk often of the traditional repertoire in the context of music or crafts, but rarely when it comes to writing. Still, a hundred years of literature has sprouted from this ground—poetry and storytelling styles evolving right alongside fiddle tunes and banjo styles. What is their relationship? How can you learn to write a better poem by better understanding the accomplishments of a Sarah Ogan Gunning or a Roscoe Holcomb? How about Irene McKinney? Jim Wayne Miller? What is it about this place that has given rise to such a prolific, particular artistry? In this generative workshop, we will read and write daily, asking questions about inheritance and innovation, origins and originality, as we explore a literary culture unique in the American idiom.

This workshop meets 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. daily.

To register, select “Arts, Crafts, Dance, & Folklore: July 14-19” on the registration page.

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Rebecca Gayle Howell

Rebecca Gayle Howell is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow. Her most recent book is American Purgatory, selected by Don Share for Great Britain’s 2016 Sexton Prize and named a must-read collection by Poetry London, The Millions, and the Courier-Journal. She is also the author of Render / An Apocalypse, which received wide critical acclaim, most notably by David L. Ulin for the Los Angeles Times who called it “remarkable.” Howell’s debut was as the translator of Amal al-Jubouri’s Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation, shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award and selected by Library Journal as a best book of 2011. Among her other honors are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Howell is the Poetry Editor for Oxford American and serves as the James Still Writer-in-Residence at Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky.