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Alexandra van de Kamp


October 2021

Zoom Out & Dig It All! Finding Poetry in Our On- and Offline Lives with Award-winning Poet Urayoán Noel

October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

This four-week generative workshop aims to encourage all us “Zoom’ed out” poets to zoom out in another sense: to embrace a broader view of what poetry can be on the page, the screen, and beyond. The workshop assumes that we don’t have to choose between print and digital (we can dig it all!), and that we can grow, innovate, and heal by bringing our writing closer to our everyday lives. For inspiration, we will examine work by a range of poets (artists’ books, smartphone poetry, hybrid forms of storytelling and collaboration), with special attention to diasporic and border-crossing poets whose work stresses the complex intersections of embodied space, writing, and technologies. We will work with 1-2 prompts per week, with the option to keep generating new pieces or to experiment with and reimagine existing ones. Our focus will be on solo work, but we will also try to daydream collaborative projects beyond market expectations of an atomized productivity.

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November 2021

Making a Scene – A Prose Workshop with Kurt Caswell

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

Most of us understand that making a scene is not what you want to do when you’re in a grocery store or on an airplane. But in both fiction and nonfiction writing, good scene-making is fundamental to good storytelling. But what is a scene, and how do you make or write one? In this generative class, we’ll study a simple formula for scene writing, and practice it toward the completion of one or more stories or essays, novels or books of nonfiction. Come prepared to write dialogue, description, action, and your characters’ deepest darkest thoughts.

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Deadline to Apply to the 2022 Poetry Mentorship

November 15

Apply to the Gemini Ink 2022 Mentorship Program and be one of two writers chosen to work one-on-one with a published author. The 2022 Mentorship is dedicated to Poetry. We are delighted to announce that our mentor is award-winning author and seasoned writing teacher Laura Van Prooyen. The 2022 Gemini Ink Mentorship Program is open to poets of all levels from all 50 States. Mentee applications for Spring 2022 will be accepted Sept 1 thru Nov 15, 2021.

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Screenwriting 101 with Amie Charney

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

Tuesdays, November 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14 & 21. 6:30-8:30pm CST, via Zoom Instructor:…

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December 2021

Writing Gifts – A Workshop with Naomi Shihab Nye

December 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CST

Welcome! Our four-hour virtual poetry/paragraph workshop will focus on writing as a gift - to us, and from us to others. What do we already have in our vast realms of material? What new knowledge has been given to us during these past strange seasons? What have we left untouched for a long time? Where might we find a new treasure in what we thought we knew?

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