Basic Program: Reading of poetry and prose, with comments on craft of writing. Poetry in Motion: A discussion of collaboration in the arts, based on her experience in producing a play she wrote about her journey through cancer. It includes writing exercises to encourage attendees to think about possibilities for collaboration in their own work.
Program fees range from $300 to $1,200 depending on length of performance and depth of content. Transportation costs and lodging costs should be added if more than 100 miles from Pittsburg, Kansas, along with a per diem meal allowance. This fee structure applies to readings and performances as well as to community activities.
The fee can be altered on a sliding scale depending on the sponsoring organization but will not be less than $100 per hour. Additional option: Olive offers individual consultations on work in progress at a rate of $25 per student for a 30-minute session. Work must be submitted at least 10 days in advance.
Writing as Community: Using prompts from her own work and others, Olive will lead exercises in group writing using forms such as the sonnet to explore structure and language. Writing about the Environment: Using prompts from her own work and others, Olive will lead groups in using imagery and sound to explore themes such as the environment. Program can be customized for a different theme, such as trauma, grief, travel, or heritage, depending on the needs of the educational institution.
Educational Activity program fees range from $300 to $800, plus travel, possibly including lodging and per diem. Programs can range from a two-hour workshop to all-day or multiple-day workshops and are open to middle school through adults.
If an artifact is created, a materials fee will be added to the basic program fee as agreed upon with the host organization.
Walking to Work: This three-hour workshop begins with an excursion into the community, where participants will seek inspiration. Back in the classroom, they will use what they found on the tour to create one or more poems or short paragraphs. Expanded Version: This workshop can be offered over three days, to include creating a small booklet of the group’s collected works.
Olive will discuss layout and design and some basic bookbinding techniques. Each participant will take home a copy of the finished product. Additional materials fee applies. A public reading of the group’s work can also be staged.