Current Workshops

“Choosing A Stone”: Poetry Reading and Exploration of the Poetic

In this online workshop for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Richard will read from his most recent collection of poetry, Choosing a Stone (Finishing Line Press, 2020), as well as some new work. Students will explore the process, craft and joy of poetry, and its increasingly vital place in our common aesthetic. This is the first of a two-part program, the next of which will be an interactive poetry writing workshop to be held in March, 2021.

Available Workshops

The Words Choose You: Poetry Demystified

This interactive workshop, led by Milwaukee-area poet and essayist, Richard Hedderman, focuses on silencing the internal critic and opening the creative imagination. It is designed to demystify poetry – bringing the poet’s essential tools (diversity, language, poetic architecture, and metaphor) into practice. Participants will engage in a series of practical, yet intuitive exercises, as a means of exploring ourselves and the world around us. During the program attendees, along with Richard, will share their works-in-progress. We conclude with a discussion of his newest collection of poetry, Choosing A Stone, (Finishing Line Press, 2020). Please join us.

Previous Workshops

  • Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Mineral Point, WI (2017)
  • Poet-Tree Day, Westlawn Elementary, Cedarburg, WI (2016)
  • BodyMindSpirit Works Mediation Center, Grafton, WI (Creative Writing Workshop)
  • Irish Barroom Brawling Workshop (as a Fight Instructor)

From “Reading Yourself to Sleep”

Eyelids flutter over the blank verse
of sleep. You brush the crow’s wings

from your face. The book, perhaps a collection
of Chekhov’s short stories, spills

from your hands and tumbles into the dark
as through still water, sinking

under the weight of words.