Upcoming Events

hyme and Write

Summer Seminar

Open to all Kalamazoo Middle School students,

Grades 6 - 8
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to write poetry and prose with
Dr. Conrad Hilberry, Professor, K-College (ret), poet-in-residence, and author
of 10 books of poetry.
We have 12 openings for the first seminar beginning August 4, 2014. Please call 269-345-2195 to register your student / child in this once-in-a-lifetime offering. Once the seminar is filled, additional names will be placed on a waiting list for the next seminar.

Whether you have been writing for as long as you can remember, or if you just began writing and enjoy it, you are strongly encouraged to attend. Please bring a sample of your writing, whether poetry, prose, or story. Dr. Hilberry will guide each student individually in his/her writing development.  


 The joy of creative writing, the guidance of an inspirational writing expert, and the encouragement of a professional teaching staff will contribute to your successful writing experience and to the pleasure of self-expression.


Three morning sessions provide instruction in imagination, observation and poetic skills.


An evening program open to parents, teachers, and the Kalamazoo community will showcase student writings and recitations, recitations by Dr. Conrad Hilberry, and a performance by Dr. Betsy Start on the cello of her musical interpretation of Dr. Hilberry’s poetry. It is a night to honor students and to present each one with a compilation booklet of all the compositions written during this seminar. This may be their first “publication” and one to treasure for the rest of their lives. A reception follows the program.


All materials provided. Please bring a sample of your writing.




Name______________________ Grade in Fall ’14 ____ Tel # _________________

Parent’s name _____________________ Address ____________________________

Who will provide transportation for your child? _______________________________

Middle School you attend ________________________________________________

Teacher (English/Writing) _______________________________________________

Registration fee: $35.00 (Make check payable to First Baptist Church, Rhyme & Write). Scholarships are available. Call 269-345-2195.

Mail Registration form and payment to First Baptist Church, Rhyme and Write, 315 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.