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All Things Are Alive: Animating the Inanimate–Puppetry for Writers with Mobi Warren

July 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Are you looking for a different way to tap into your creativity? Are you ready to experience the curiosity, wonder, and empathy that puppetry naturally inspires? Under the guidance of puppeteer and poet Mobi Warren, workshop participants will build a simple hand puppet from paper mâché and cloth, and breathe life into the personality that emerges. The process may culminate in a poem, a short prose piece, or a monologue puppet script. Participants will be encouraged to sense the livingness in the materials used and to explore unexpected insights that emerge as the puppet acquires form. No puppetry experience is required to attend this workshop, and writers of all levels are welcome.  

The Poetic Voice with Dario Beniquez

July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

In this workshop, we will explore in-depth how to find our poetic voice. We will discuss the elements of the poetic voice such as speaker, diction, syntax, rhythm, tone and various other characteristics. In addition, we will study ways we can stretch and challenge our use of poetic voice. Finally, we will apply four questions that will reveal our own poetic voice. 

Reusing the Imagination with Ito Romo

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

In this class, we will discuss the process of becoming an observant "recorder” in every sense of the word. We will also discuss how to take these “recordings” that now live in our mind, reimagine them, then translate them into our writing so readers are invited to reimagine them too. We will examine how this movement from the real world to our mind to our work then to our reader’s imagination can be done seamlessly, with an emphasis on word choice and syntax. We will also discuss sentence visualization and the role our senses play in creating a written world as believable as our own “real” world.

Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

July 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 17, 2021

An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 31, 2022

The Veteran’s Writing Collective encourages the art of writing in a workshop environment where participants are offered honest, positive, and constructive peer-to-peer and mentor feedback. The workshop is open to all active-duty military, veterans, retirees, and their immediate family members. Writers of all levels working in all genres are welcome.

Open Writer’s Labs

July 25 @ 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, 2022

These peer-driven workshops, held the last Monday of each month, are free and open to writers of all levels and focus on poetry, flash fiction, and short creative non-fiction.

Boost Your Creativity In the Classroom: A workshop for educators of all kinds

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT

Everyone is creative, but being an educator takes a special kind of innovation. In this workshop, we will discover new ways to build creative muscles as teachers which will inspire and nurture creative confidence in students. This workshop includes exercises and writing prompts that boost collaboration and imagination.

Finding Yourself, Sharing Yourself: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Cary Clack

August 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

Each of us has a writing voice that is distinctly our own. Creative nonfiction is a great way to discover that voice. In this workshop, we will use texts and writing exercises to help us discover who we are, what we think, and how to capture our voice on the page. Writers of all levels are welcome. 

Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 17, 2021

An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 31, 2022

The Veteran’s Writing Collective encourages the art of writing in a workshop environment where participants are offered honest, positive, and constructive peer-to-peer and mentor feedback. The workshop is open to all active-duty military, veterans, retirees, and their immediate family members. Writers of all levels working in all genres are welcome.

Picture Books That Pop! with Xelena González

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT

This is a playful writing genre that needs new and diverse voices, so all writing levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Illustrators, teachers, and parents are also encouraged to attend.

Open Writer’s Labs

August 29 @ 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, 2022

These peer-driven workshops, held the last Monday of each month, are free and open to writers of all levels and focus on poetry, flash fiction, and short creative non-fiction.

Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 17, 2021

An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 31, 2022

The Veteran’s Writing Collective encourages the art of writing in a workshop environment where participants are offered honest, positive, and constructive peer-to-peer and mentor feedback. The workshop is open to all active-duty military, veterans, retirees, and their immediate family members. Writers of all levels working in all genres are welcome.

Open Writer’s Labs

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until December 31, 2022

These peer-driven workshops, held the last Monday of each month, are free and open to writers of all levels and focus on poetry, flash fiction, and short creative non-fiction.

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