Training for Counselors, Teachers, and Others


Pongo Techniques for Facilitating Therapeutic Writing:
Next Seattle Training is May 16, 2020

Pongo offers a one-day training in Seattle to teach 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 is exciting and rewarding work! Please write to us to be placed on our email list, so you receive notice of upcoming trainings. We generally give trainings twice a year, in May and October. Our email address is .

The training is intended to help anyone start a full poetry project on the Pongo model in an agency, school, or institution. In addition, the training can be used to help counselors and teachers incorporate Pongo methods into their ongoing work with both individuals and groups. As a follow up to this training, we also offer free phone consultation and advice to the participants. 

We recommend that you attend the Pongo training with a colleague, so that you can work as a team eventually and support one another in learning and doing this sensitive work. 

As part of the training, participants will be writing their own poetry -- but please don't feel anxious. The writing exercises in the training will follow the Pongo philosophy and are fun and easy. The process of writing poetry is the best way to understand fully the advantages of the Pongo Method.

COST: The cost of the workshop is $250, which includes a copy of Richard Gold's book "Writing with At-Risk Youth: The Pongo Teen Writing Method" (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2014), a $38 retail value. Thanks to a generous sponsor, Pongo is able to offer a number of scholarships that reduce the cost to $100 (and still include a $38 book). You can make a request for a scholarship when you file your registration form, below. At the time of registration, the form below should be copied and pasted into an email. All registration fees must be paid to complete the registration. Please email us with any questions. The email address is

Here are the workshop info, tentative schedule, and registration form. 



Date: May 16, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Location: Art Room, The 2100 Building
Address: 2100 24th Ave. S., Seattle 98144

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


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

[ Copy into an email, and send to ]

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?

Payment is required to complete registration! If you are NOT requesting a scholarship, please make a payment of $250. If you are requesting a scholarship, please make a payment of $100. To make payment, go to Pongo's "Donate" page and click the yellow "Donate" button. Pongo will send a personal email confirmation of your registration after both the registration form and payment are received. (You can also pay with a check payable to "Pongo Publishing," sent to the address is below.)

Again, feel free to get in touch with any questions!

     Pongo Publishing
     4701 SW Admiral Way, #308
     Seattle, WA  98116