Lora Zill is a teaching artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, speaking at writing, arts, and educator conferences, training teachers in arts infused curriculum, and teaching writing residencies in schools. She also teaches writing at Gannon University and in Allegheny College’s arts programs for gifted public school students. She edits the poetry journal Time Of Singing and her award-winning work has been published in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. She is coauthor of a chapter in the textbook Teaching Creativity and Teaching Creatively (Springer, 2013).
Lora is a musician on her church’s worship team and also works in stained glass, completing a commission for a nature council and a series of windows for her church’s sanctuary. Lora founded Blue Wind Artistic Retreats to honor creative expression as an act of worship and a way to feel God’s pleasure in our lives
Lora’s editorial needs for Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry:
“Time of Singing welcomes poetry that talks about God and our relationship with Him, each other, and the world--as well as general inspirational and nature poems. TOS is a literary style journal, soI prefer poems that don't preach, and "show" rather than "tell." Sermons and “greeting card” poetry have valid purposes, but aren't appropriate for this magazine. I welcome fresh rhyme, beg for more forms, appreciate well-crafted free verse, and consider poems up to 60 lines in length. I love poets who have studied the craft, write outside the theological box, and challenge assumptions about what it means to live as a Christian today. Invite me to think about God in fresh ways.”
Cross Training for Prose Writers
Prose writers of the first order credit writing poetry with strengthening their fiction and non-fiction skills. We will look at examples of how writers and speakers such as Annie Dillard, Dr. Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and Catherine Marshall used poetic techniques to add sound, rhythm, and imagery to their work. The class will appeal to all writers who want to learn how to enrich their work.
Writing the “Good Poem”
Poetry is an art worthy of our dedication and hard work. Samuel Taylor Coleridge defined poetry as “the right words in the right order.” But what makes a “good” poem? Why do some poems grip us with their intensity and others turn us off with their abstract ideas? We will examine what makes a poem effective and how we can use poems to connect with audiences in ways that prose can’t. We will learn to use poetic devices and universal ideas to craft our own work and practice writing the “good poem.”