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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$145
Dates/Times: Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 6:30–8:30pm CST
Instructor: Mobi Warren
Cost: Nonmember: $145; Member: $125; Student/Vet/Mil $75
*Hybrid–Students may attend this workshop in person at Gemini Ink or via Zoom
This class has been canceled.
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.
Students will leave this workshop with the following tools:
- A guide on creating a simple papier mache glove (hand) puppet
- Techniques for animating a puppet through voice, character, and story
- How to use puppetry to uncover new poems or songs
*Bring a journal to write in. Puppetry supplies will be provided for participants attending in person. Zoom attendees will be sent a supply list of simple materials you may already have on hand.
Puppeteer Mobi Warren is the author of the young adult novel The Bee Maker and a poetry collection, Thread and Nectar. She is co-founder of the regional writers and artists collaborative, Stone in Stream, which advocates for environmental awareness and climate justice. Mobi serves on the Board of the National Capital Puppetry Guild. An animist at heart, she is enchanted by the livingness of all materials and is currently in thrall to the wild (and sometimes unruly) species known as puppets, and how making and animating a puppet can help a writer engage more deeply with creative and empathetic energies.