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In the Age of Social Media: A Literary Video Lab with Joyous Windrider Jimenez

September 21, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


Thursdays, Sep 21, 28 & Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:30-8:30pm CST, in-person at Gemini Ink
Instructor: Joyous Windrider Jimenez
Nonmember: $140; Member: $120; Student/Vet/Mil $75





In the age of TikTok, Instagram reels, and YouTube shorts, how can you present your writing in a way that’s on trend and easily consumable? Would you like to use your digital platform to showcase your work in a new way and expand your audience? 

In this 6-week course, we will use simple, open-genre writing prompts to generate short poems and/or impactful prose. We will polish our short pieces and explore gathering images that will visually accentuate our words. We will then create short literary videos that include an audio recording of the work, captions, and either moving or still images. Our entire project will be built and edited using a FREE video editing app available for phones and laptops!

This course is open to writers of all genres and skill levels, 18+. Students are welcome to bring in previously written work or images they want to transform.

In this course, students will leave with:

  • At least one drafted 1-minute poetry/prose video.
  • Several short written pieces that can be used for future videos.
  • Tools and knowledge to continue the Literary Video process independently.
  • An additional way to connect audiences to your writing that isn’t publication or a public reading.

Joyous Windrider Jiménez is an improv & performance poet, teatrista, mixed-media visual artist and video creator who blends performance and visual elements. During the pandemic, she directed and edited a video adaptation of an original operetta for the Jump-Start Performance Co’s INKubator series, and had her time-lapse video poem Quarantine is a Dragon screened at the Roxie Theater’s 2020 virtual summer film festival, Mixtape-In-Place. She also moved into video lessons for children in quarantine for the San Antonio Museum of Art, Gemini Ink, and SAISD. In 2022 and 2023 her video poetry was streamed for Urban 15’s annual global poetry streaming event, MegaCorazon.

Parking at Gemini Ink

Gemini Ink offers free parking along the back wall of our downtown offices. Please access this parking lot from Augusta St and first park in any of the 12 spots along the back wall. Only when these 12 spots are full do we ask that you park elsewhere in our lot. We now rent our offices from UTSA and are collaborating with them to create a secure and accessible parking lot for our community of writers and readers.


September 21, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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