Struggle to Freedom with Hilary Hayes Thursdays 5-6:30 PM
This workshop is for creative women of color who feel blocked or slowed down in their creative expression. We will use writing and meditation to free up creative energy and then use that creative energy to envision and enact fulfilling and joyfully creative lives.
Origin & LIMINALity: Experimental Fiction Writing w/ Gina Goldblatt Thursdays 7-9 PM
This workshop explores fiction as an experiential reproduction of truth, with a focus on origin. Why does the story start here? Why must the story be told? Why must it be told in this way? Origin is both the complex reasons and histories we bring to our writing and the techniques we employ to orient our readers at the start of the stories we tell. LIMINAL literally means threshold and is a space that exists in concept but not in actuality. We will learn to turn the personal origin, in all of its complexities, into experiential, experimental fiction through the exploration of liminality. We will focus on creating new writing. Open to all levels. Participants are welcome to come with a project they have started or to embark on something new. The new project does not have to be known prior to the workshop. Just come with your desire to explore!
From a Victim to a Thriving Survivor: Learning How to Revive the Soul Performance Workshop with Aquelia Lewis Saturdays 12-2PM
- Some CDC research has estimated that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.
- Other governmental research has estimated that approximately 300,000 children are abused every year in the United States.
- However, accurate statistics on the prevalence of sexual abuse of children and adolescents are difficult to collect because it is vastly underreported and there are differing definitions of what constitutes sexual abuse.
This audience-driven Workshop will provide a snapshot into Aqueila M Lewis’ life who will share her story of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and rape and how it affected her into adulthood. Attendees will listen to her story and watch clips of the beginnings of You and Me and the Fruit Trees, a character driven documentary that follows Aqueila and three other participants as they untangle the intergenerational forces that tainted their lives. Through each story we see how society’s inability to effectively address child sexual abuse impacts not only individuals, but whole communities and society at large. In addition, attendees with have the opportunity to share some of their experiences and learn how to rewrite their story by finding positive and powerful life changing outlets within their own community. This workshop features special performing guests who will also bring with them the power of hip-hop, poetry and song.
Tarot Writing with Marjorie Jensen Sundays 12-2PM
Looking for inspiration? This workshop introduces Tarot as muse and performance. Play with my many Tarot decks or bring your own. Create Tarot letters, poetry and fiction. You may read your work during an event at the end of the course!
The Kidzone: Writing from the Child Perspective with Lisa Gray Sundays 4:30-6:30
Ever wonder how writers capture that stomach jumping, breath catching moment of careening out of control down a steep hill on your bike as a twelve year old and relate it to adult life? Writing from a kid’s point of view is hard. Creating stories that focus on kids but that are meant for adult readers, that’s the challenge of this 6 week workshop. We will read, write, and refine stories from the kid zone, stories about grown up issues told from a kids perspective. We’ll explore stories with young narrators looking back into the past or trying to craft or understand the future through our own work and the works of authors like Stephen King, Toni Morrison, and Ron Carlson. This weekly Sunday afternoon workshop will help you untangle the intricacies of writing from the kid space.
Babies with Knives: Hosted by Jacquelynn Gothard, M.F.A. Sundays 5-7
This workshop/craft class examines the subversive; the transgressive; that which draws you in for exactly the reason it repels you: femme fatal, perverted toddlers, et al. We will consider the a/effect of this work and what it is that draws us to it; what beauty exists in it, what freedom? This is a workshop open to all word mediums. You will read varying forms/expressions/explorations of this aesthetic, discuss technique and theme, and then work with these ideas and themes in your own writing, which will be shared with your peers.
*Sliding Scale Available as a Pay What You Can Range between $150-$320
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