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October 2018

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

October 17, 2018 @ 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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Open Writers Workshop

October 29, 2018 @ 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

Mind to Mind, Heart to Heart: An Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

November 5, 2018
Online Workshop
$200

Moving beyond description of the artistic subject, the best art-inspired poems activate emotional and intellectual inquiry. In this class, you’ll explore posted images and virtual museums to write ekphrastic poems that capture the essence of the artistic source while contributing your unique style and conceptual signature. You will find and engage with artworks that have not yet been poetically depicted, as well as writing your own contributions to the literary corpus for artworks frequently featured in ekphrastic poetry.

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Discovering How to Tell Your Story

November 5, 2018
Online Workshop
$200

Looking for new ways to tell your stories? Do you have stories you would like to tell and can’t find the right way to tell them? In this online course, we’ll experiment with how different points of view and different story forms—letters, official reports, observations of performances; fables, allegories, satire; stories that move backward in time, flash backward or forward, or move in a circle—can free us to tell the stories that are most important to us. Dates: Dates: Nov…

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Writing Mystery and Suspense

November 7, 2018 @ 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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Caesura – Writing Silence in the Face of Uncertainty, Adversity, and Injustice

November 7, 2018 @ 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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The Poetic Ode: A Means to Breaking Free

November 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$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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Revision Strategies for Poets: Looking at Mode in Poems

November 10, 2018 @ 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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The Poetic Ode: A Means to Breaking Free

November 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$100.00

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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Veterans Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

November 21, 2018 @ 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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Open Writers Workshop

November 26, 2018 @ 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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Caesura – Writing Silence in the Face of Uncertainty, Adversity, and Injustice

November 28, 2018 @ 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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December 2018

Workshop with Kurt Caswell

December 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
$145

Before a writer can write effective long-form nonfiction essays and books, she must first master the essay itself. Working in short essay forms allows more opportunity for a writer to practice. A series of in-class writing assignments will start you on this path. You’ll come away from the workshop with drafts of three different short essays, a tool bag of ideas for future work, and some suggestions for submitting your work for publication. Cost: $115 Gemini Ink Member; $145 Non-Member…

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Veterans Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

December 19, 2018 @ 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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January 2019

Toward a Cartography of Writing, with Jo Reyes-Boitel

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

In this new ongoing writing lab, writers are invited to map their personal journey on the page. Our goals will include the development of a consistent writing practice, building tools that support this daily work, taking on new challenges and prompts, and allowing ourselves to trust our own instincts with our work.

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Veteran’s Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

January 16 @ 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 their immediate family members, the group is open to writers of all levels working in all genres.

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Open Writers Workshop

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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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 John McLennon.

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February 2019

Writing into the Mystery: Lessons in Craft Inspired by Your Favorite Detectives

February 4
Online Workshop
$175

In this workshop, open to all genres, we’ll embrace investigative methods in order to tap into the deep mysteries at the heart of all good writing. Using prompts inspired by Lynda Barry, Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson, and Agatha Christie herself, students will generate new writing in their chosen genre. A supportive online workshop structure will offer participants helpful feedback to make the writing process feel more like a thrilling chase and less like a case that’s gone cold.

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The Poetry of Spellcraft and Incantations: Using Poetics to Transform and Transcend

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$100

By crafting language, poets “raise words beyond speech to create dream states and invoke apocalyptic forces and transcendent powers.” And in order to wield poetry’s full magical potential, we must be comfortable wielding its tools. Join us for a day-long workshop that explores devices like repetition, personification, rhyme, and ‘spell-like’ prosody, and also includes plenty of generative exercises divined both from poems and magical tools and talismans.

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Fabulous Flash Fiction

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$100

These days, writing or reading a 700-page novel seems daunting. Flash fiction satisfies readers who love stories but don’t have time to read. This short form allows the writer to focus on every word and every choice in structure. In this two-part class, we’ll spend the first evening talking about the form, reading examples to spur us on to write our own and revel in the marvels of brevity. In the second, we’ll read what we’ve written and offered suggestions for improvement.

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