Use Your Voice: Writing Poetry for the Environment – MEETS OCT 23 & 24 (4 pm-6:30 pm ET)


During this workshop, you’ll draw on your own experiences and personal connections to nature to write about the places most important to you. Using sensory details, you’ll bring these beaches, mountains, forests, or even your local park to life for the reader.  Employing poetic techniques such as alliteration, personification, rhyme, and metaphor, you’ll walk away with your own environmental poetry.

As poet Ellen van Neerven says “As a poet, you have the opportunity to make a difference in how people think about their environment. It is our responsibility.” In just one weekend, we’ll work together to pen poems that raise awareness, share appreciation, and create calls to action, combatting a warming world through the written word. No prior poetry experience required.

*Note: Registration for this workshop includes a complimentary copy of Write the World’s Writers on Earth anthology, publicized in the New Yorker and on PRI’s podcast “The World.”

Learn more about the Workshop Facilitator below.

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Use Your Voice: Writing Poetry for the Environment

Virtual Writing Workshop for Teens Ages 13-19

October 23 and 24 from 4pm-6:30pm ET.

There is no planet ‘B’. “Blah blah blah blah blah”

~ Greta Thunberg, Sept 2021

Do you find yourself wanting to write closer and closer to trees, the ocean, mountains and rivers?  Are you tuned in to what our one precious planet is trying to tell us? If you love the environment and have a passion for writing poetry, please join Australian-Māori poet, editor, weaver, festival director, and serious dog lover Annie Te Whiu for a pairing of unique workshops that will platform the power of your voice with the majesty, mystery, and magic of the environment.


Bring pens, paper, an image that represents the environment for you.

Workshop Facilitators:

ANNE-MARIE TE WHIU headshot, online writing workshop instructor for poetryAnne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa) is a poet, weaver, cultural producer, and festival director, most recently having co-directed the Queensland Poetry Festival from 2015-2017.  She co-edited Solid Air – Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word and is the editor of Tony Birch’s 2021 poetry collection Whisper Songs She currently works as a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry where she is the co-lead Producer of Australia’s inaugural national Poetry Month, which included designing and delivering the international First Nations project called Fair Trade. She lives in Dharawal Country in Wollongong, NSW, Australia.


Anna Zimmer headshot, environmental poetry workshop teacher assistantAnna Zimmer (she/her) is a recent graduate of Smith College, where she studied classics and education and nurtured a love of poetry, both ancient and modern. She has experience leading written and spoken word poetry prompts through Andover Bread Loaf. She is currently working as an organic vegetable farmer at a food access-based, non-profit farm in Eastern Massachusetts. She finds that growing food and writing poetry have a lot in common, as both have roots, traditions, and the ability to gather folks together. Anna is excited to join the Write the World community!

About Write the World’s Poetry Program:

Write the World’s 2021 Virtual Poetry Workshops invite writers ages 13-19 to connect across continents, level up their craft, and learn from celebrated and caring authors through a variety of poetic genres.

Throughout 2021, join peers from over 100 countries as you pour your voice and vision into poetry with the help of esteemed poets and educators through Write the World’s Global Writing Workshops. The four distinct Workshop offerings will each take place over the course of three to four 90-minute live Saturday sessions, inviting you to find, raise, use, and share your voice as you explore a variety of genres. All Workshops focus on the art and utility of poetry, and how we can use our writing to advocate, mobilize, unify, resist, connect, and work together to create the world we imagine. Writers of all levels and experiences are welcome.

*Please note that we require all participants to appear on either video or audio during online group meetings (video is preferred, but not required).


During workshop sessions, you’ll engage in interactive writing activities, connect with peers around the world, and work together to grow your poetry skills.

Between workshop sessions, you may be asked to work independently (and asynchronously) on writing prompts and activities, guided by peer and expert reviews, at your own pace, for approximately 1-2 hours, depending on your facilitator’s workshop plan. You will also receive individualized feedback that will strengthen your poetry.

We are pleased to announce that participants in our poetry offerings will be eligible for a chance to perform their work at a celebratory virtual reading hosted by the acclaimed Smith College Boutelle-Day Poetry Center in January, 2022. 

Register for 2+ workshops and get 20% off automatically! 

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