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September 2018

Literary Café: “Pitch Frenzy” with Seasoned Literary Agent Ann Collette

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$50.00

Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to pitch your manuscript— fiction or nonfiction—to a renowned literary agent from the famed Rees Agency. While closed to general queries, Ann is making a special exception to offer this exciting Literary Café at Gemini Ink.

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Open Writers Workshop

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

Facilitated by Gemini Ink volunteers Dario Beniquez & John McLennon.

This free peer-driven workshop, held the last Monday of every month, is open to all writers.

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Black Dove: An Evening with Ana Castillo

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, One Trinity Place
San Antonio, 78212
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Free

This event, along with Ana Castillo's memoir writing workshop, is in collaboration with Trinity University's Latinx Heritage Month Series. Join us for a reading, reception and book signing with distinguished author Ana Castillo. Ana Castillo is the author of the 2016 memoir Black Dove: Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me, and the novels So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Other publications are The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, and many other…

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Freetail Slam Series

September 29
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Face Your Fears: A Memoir-Writing Workshop with Ana Castillo

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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In memoir, the reader must be persuaded that the narrator is writing honestly, whether or not he/she is, is secondary. This workshop will consist of a number of exercises which will help to get us started when working on a memoir essay. We’ll talk, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry. We’ll vent. We’ll write from our hearts and minds. And then, we’ll learn to get rid of all the sentimentality and leave on the page what is important for the reader to know about your memoir.

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100 Thousand Poets for Change San Antonio: Women Speak!

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
El Centro de Artes, 101 S Santa Rosa Ave
San Antonio, TX 78207 United States
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Free

Women and non-binary guests are invited to speak at this historical open mic global poetry reading. Organizer, Viktoria Valenzuela has called together featured poets and open mic poets, with musical performances by Lourdes Perez and Amalia Leticia Ortiz to be one of the many powerful voices of women and non-binary poets of our time.

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October 2018

Three Centuries of Latino Writing and Resistance in San Antonio

October 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Library, 600 Soledad
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

The final chapter of a public conversation commemorating San Antonio’s Tricentennial and the literary history of the city. This event brings together writers, literary scholars and historians to examine the development of Latino literary identity and sensibility, from the 1800’s to now, highlighting San Antonio’s position as a “Lettered City,” the Chicano Movement, and more.

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Gemini Ink at Viva Tacoland

October 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Viva Tacoland, 103 W Grayson St
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Free

Prose on the River with Marisela Barrera, Jasminne Mendez, & Gemini Ink’s own Larissa Hernandez.

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Voices of Recovery Workshop

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

In partnership with Curtain Up Cancer Foundation, Gemini Ink offers this free two-day workshop for cancer survivors, family and friends.

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Caesura – Writing Silence in the Face of Uncertainty, Adversity, and Injustice

October 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

Voice is an uncontested necessity for the liberation of individuals and communities. But how do we reflect and write about difficulties when we may be holding crippling silence? And when we are silenced, what power can be found in choosing to be silent? There is a need for reflection, perseverance and persistence during times of #metoo, Black Lives Matter, and immigration. Participants will generate work and review literature while reconsidering unique ways to find voice.

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An Evening with Ellen Doré Watson

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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Free

Join us for a talk, Q&A and evening reception with award-winning poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson.

Ellen Doré Watson’s fifth collection, pray me stay eager, was released this year from Alice James, which also published We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York Award. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Orion, Gulf Coast, and The New Yorker.

Gemini Ink and Trinity University Press present the Words Matter Series—A series of lectures on the vital life of the written word.

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Shaking Loose / Shaping Up: Helping Poems Happen & Finding their Form

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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$140.00

During this intensive one-day poetry workshop, you will be given strategies to banish your interior editor and to follow your ear and your impulses. We’ll explore shape and wordplay as paths to composition and revision, and we’ll talk about how to follow the poem where it wants to go, as opposed to fleshing out preconceptions. The goal is to develop tools both to shake poems loose and to re-imagine works-in-progress.

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Voices of Recovery Public Reading

October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Rd
San Antonio, Texas
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Free

Participants from the Writers in Communities two-day workshop for cancer survivors, family and friends share their work at Woodlawn Theatre.

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Veterans Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

This collective’s mission is to encourage the art of writing in a workshop environment where participants offer honest, positive and constructive feedback. Geared to all active duty military, veterans, and immediate family members, the group is open to writers of all levels working in all genres.

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Inkstravaganza Gala: The Writers Life

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Pearl Stable, 200 E. Grayson St.
San Antonio, 78215
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Join us for the literary party of the season, celebrating 25 years of Gemini Ink and the 17 honorees we’ve featured since 2010! Visit geminiink.org/support/inkstravaganza for more info.

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Open Writers Workshop

October 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

Facilitated by Gemini Ink volunteers Dario Beniquez & John McLennon.

This free peer-driven workshop, held the last Monday of every month, is open to all writers.

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November 2018

Writing Mystery and Suspense

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$150.00

Mystery and suspense are two of the most popular genres in fiction. The goal of this class is for each student to produce an engaging, tightly written first chapter of either genre that will grab the reader’s attention. It will include individual reviews of the first chapter you will write or have already written, address plotting and character development, and provide tips on how to more effectively attract the attention of editors and agents.

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The Poetic Ode: A Means to Breaking Free

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$135.00

We live in a world in which language is too often driven by social media shares, political rhetoric, and chyrons scrolling across cable news. As poet Adrienne Rich wrote, we live with “manipulated fear, ignorance, cultural confusion and social antagonism huddling together on the faultline of an empire.” This generative poetry workshop will focus on the tradition of the poetic ode—from the ancient Greeks to contemporary American poets—as a means to break free, to write courageously, and to use our poems to effect change in our community and the world.

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Reading with Natasha Sajé

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Free

Natasha Sajé is the author of Red Under the Skin (Pittsburgh, 1994), Bend (Tupelo Press, 2004), Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014), and Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, (University of Michigan Press, 2014). Sajé is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Take a class with Natasha Sajé https://geminiink.org/event/revision-strategies-for-poets/

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Revision Strategies for Poets: Looking at Mode in Poems

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$100

Identifying mode in poems is a valuable diagnostic and revision method. In this brief lecture followed by a workshop, we’ll define the four modes—lyric, narrative, argument, description—and read examples of each. Then we’ll turn to participants’ poems, first identifying the dominant mode and then asking whether the poem would be better served by a different one. Through this workshop, you can refresh your perspective on the revision process. Please bring copies of two poems that you’re unhappy with, but note that we might not have time for both.

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