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July 2022

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

July 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
$145

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.  

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Anything but Silent–A Book Celebration of Dario Beniquez’s Zone of Silence with Special Guest Readers Robert Allen & Jonathan Fletcher

July 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Free

Join us as we celebrate the release of Dario Beniquez’s debut poetry collection Zone of Silence (Flowersong, 2021) with a reception and reading. Dario has served our writing arts community in San Antonio and beyond for more than 23 years as a volunteer facilitator for Gemini Ink’s Open Writers’ Lab and more. We are excited to honor him and his work of heart, which takes on our complex times with poems that “confront the angst of contemporary life, space, war, theology, antibodies, economics, and love.” 

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The Poetic Voice with Dario Beniquez

July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
$115

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. 

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Reusing the Imagination with Ito Romo

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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$150

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.

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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

Free

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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August 2022

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

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
$125

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.

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

August 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
$145

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. 

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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

Free

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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September 2022

Open Writer’s Labs

September 26 @ 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

Free

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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October 2022

Open Writer’s Labs

October 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST
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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

Free

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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November 2022

Open Writer’s Labs

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST
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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

Free

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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December 2022

Open Writer’s Labs

December 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST
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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

Free

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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