Training for Counselors, Teachers, and Others

Pongo Techniques for Facilitating Therapeutic Writing

Pongo offers a one-day training in our approach and techniques. We would like to show you how to use poetry to help distressed teens understand and express their important issues and feelings.

This training is intended to help counselors and teachers incorporate Pongo methods into their work with both individuals and groups. In addition, the training is intended to help anyone start, or participate in, poetry projects that are founded on the Pongo model (Pongo "duckling" projects).

As a follow up to this training, we offer free consultation to help you plan and implement Pongo methods and projects. Toward that end, we recommend that you send a team of two or more people to the Pongo training, so that they can support one another in setting up a youth poetry program. 

Workshop participants will be writing their own poetry. It's fun and easy. It's also the best way to understand the methods and their benefits, for both adult mentors and youth writers.

COST: The cost of the workshop is $130, which includes a copy of Richard Gold's book "Writing with At-Risk Youth: The Pongo Teen Writing Method" (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2014), a $30 value. Thanks to a generous sponsor, Pongo is able to offer a number scholarships. You can make a request for a scholarship on your registration form, below. All registration fees must be paid in advance of the workshop.

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The next workshop will be held in Seattle on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The workshop info, schedule, and registration form are included, below.


Date: May 31, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Location: 2100 Building, the Art Room
Address: 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle

Workshop leaders: Richard Gold (Pongo founder), Ann Teplick (Pongo project leader), Eli Hastings (Pongo project leader)


  9:00 - Coffee, introductions
  9:15 - Purpose and context
  9:45 - Poetry immersion / List Poem technique
10:45 - Explanation of Pongo approach
11:45 - Demo of "Taking Dictation" technique
12:45 - Lunch (BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH!)
  1:30 - Practice "Taking Dictation" technique
  2:15 - Fill-in-the-Blank Poem technique
  3:00 - Organization of a Poetry Project 
  3:45 - Q&A / Discussion about Pongo methods and
            the issues of initiating a writing program
  4:45 - End

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Agency (if applicable):

Briefly, what is your personal interest in poetry?

Briefly, how will you use the workshop information to help teens?

Are you requesting a scholarship?

If you are NOT requesting a scholarship, please mail a check for $130 payable to "Pongo Publishing." The address is below. Checks must be received prior to the workshop to hold your place. If you are requesting a scholarship, please wait for email confirmation that a scholarship is available before mailing a check.

     Pongo Publishing
     2701 California Ave SW, #155
     Seattle, WA  98116

Feel free to get in touch with any questions!