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July 2020

Stop Author! Before Submitting that Poetry Manuscript, A Publisher Requests This From You

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+5
$100

In this Zoom workshop, join editor and publisher of FlowerSong Press, Edward Vidaurre, to get an insider's expertise on the poetry publication process. As an author, editor, publisher who has been on both ends of the publishing spectrum/nightmare/celebration, Vidaurre will talk about how to prepare your manuscript for a smooth first impression since publishers can judge a manuscript by its cover page. In Vidaurre's own words: "I will speak of my process as a publisher, who I involve in determining acceptances and rejections. You’ve gotten accepted, now what? You’ve gotten rejected, now what? and so much more." Don't miss this chance to learn practical advice from this groundbreaking poet and publisher on navigating the world of poetry publishing.

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In Response to the River: Zine Workshop for Kids

July 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am UTC+5
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Monday, repeating until July 14, 2020

Free

Come along and learn about the wonderful world of zine-making in this free online creative writing workshop. We'll reflect on the San Antonio River and its role in our community as you learn how to make your own mini zines and practice photography, writing, and drawing. Your work will be compiled with others in the class and made into a handmade zine.

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Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

July 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+5
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An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

Free

Due to Covid-19 and the circumstance of social distancing, the VWC will NOT be meeting…

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Nights of Noir

July 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+5
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One event on July 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

$25.00

Join us for a rich discussion of two recent hardboiled classics, Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird (2018 Edgar Award) and Lisa Sandlin’s The Do-Right (2015 Hammett Award), powerful mysteries in which hope sweats it out and innocence oozes away like blood from a gunshot wound.

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The Big Texas Read

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+5
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

Free

JOIN us at The Big Texas Read. We’ll be reading ONE work of prose or poetry written by a Texas author every 1-2 months from now until the bug is squashed! We’ll be with you from page one to “THE END” with our Zoom author chats and Q&A’s, scheduled every two weeks. Think of it as a big virtual book club, only you get to stay home, mix a cocktail, eat a big piece of chocolate cake, and snuggle up on the sofa.

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Writing Toward More Socially Just Futures, A Poetry Workshop with Emmy Pérez

July 23
$100

One of Lucille Clifton's most well-known poems "won't you celebrate with me" ends with the lines: "come celebrate / with me that everyday / something has tried to kill me / and has failed." It's the kind of poem that many re-read during challenging times. Toni Morrison described Clifton's work as "seductive with the simplicity of an atom, which is to say highly complex, explosive underneath an apparent quietude." In this poetry workshop, we will study some of Clifton's poetry and consider how a single poem, and sometimes a single line, can embody pasts / presents / futures all at once and help us praise the beauty of life as we mourn lives lost to structural injustice throughout history and now. We'll also discuss work by Danez Smith, Ariana Brown, Ross Gay, and Gloria Anzaldúa and generate work infused with the sensibility that writing poetry is an urgency to know, thrive, and create change.

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From Idea to Publication: The Journey of a Short Story with Jen Knox

July 27
$150.00

From generating ideas to pursuing publication, this class will provide a roadmap for short fiction. In this 3-week intensive workshop, Jen will provide idea-generating tools, including creative visualizations and mindfulness techniques to propel you into a deep and sustainable creative space. From there, you will learn how to write a strong opening, create vivid scenes that draw readers in and leave them with a satisfying ending. The class will include an ongoing writing workshop with feedback from fellow writers. It will conclude with personalized feedback from Jen, along with information about how and where to submit work to agents, contests, and literary journals.

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Open Writers Lab

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
Free

This peer-driven workshop, held the last Monday of each month, is open to writers of all levels. Facilitated by Gemini Ink volunteers Dario Beniquez and Robert Allen.

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August 2020

Voices of Recovery Workshop

August 1 @ 10:00 am - August 2 @ 2:30 pm UTC+5
Free

Our Voices of Recovery Storytelling Workshops are 2-day weekend workshops in which participants are guided by professional writers in crafting the story of their unique cancer journey, and then sharing their stories the next weekend in a private celebratory evening of storytelling and inspiring live musical selections.  These free workshops are open to anyone affected by cancer. ​

No previous writing experience required. Workshops run two weekends and are held quarterly.

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The Big Texas Read

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+5
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

Free

JOIN us at The Big Texas Read. We’ll be reading ONE work of prose or poetry written by a Texas author every 1-2 months from now until the bug is squashed! We’ll be with you from page one to “THE END” with our Zoom author chats and Q&A’s, scheduled every two weeks. Think of it as a big virtual book club, only you get to stay home, mix a cocktail, eat a big piece of chocolate cake, and snuggle up on the sofa.

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Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

August 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+5
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

Free

Due to Covid-19 and the circumstance of social distancing, the VWC will NOT be meeting…

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The Big Texas Read

August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+5
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until December 31, 2020

Free

JOIN us at The Big Texas Read. We’ll be reading ONE work of prose or poetry written by a Texas author every 1-2 months from now until the bug is squashed! We’ll be with you from page one to “THE END” with our Zoom author chats and Q&A’s, scheduled every two weeks. Think of it as a big virtual book club, only you get to stay home, mix a cocktail, eat a big piece of chocolate cake, and snuggle up on the sofa.

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