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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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »