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WRITING PAST CLICHE: DIVERSE LIT FOR DIVERSE AUDIENCES

Instructor: Richard J. Gonzales
Tuition: Early Bird $50 (Members only through February 9)
$50 (Members); $65 (Non-members)
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This one-day interactive workshop offers information, examples, and exercises for writers seeking to write responsibly about diverse people. An increasingly multi-cultural reading audience, agents, and publishers expect writers to create and describe diverse characters, settings, and motives in a manner reflective of their complex cultures and conflicts, devoid of stereotypes and “alternative facts.” Class participants will have the opportunity to share their work with the instructor and other class attendees for constructive feedback on their efforts to write responsibly. Diverse insights are welcome.

SPRING BREAK WRITING CAMP for KIDS

Instructors: Fatima Hirsi and Lisa Huffaker
Tuition: $325 supplies included
Day Camp: 9am-4pm, March 12-16
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Immerse young writers in a camp with poetry, prose, and lots of creative self-expression at The Writer’s Garret!

This week-long, 9am – 4pm, camp for kids 8-12 includes morning Poetry Workshop with Fatima Hirsi, Dallas’ typewriter wielding sidewalk poet, and afternoon Zine Making, hands-on creation of a uniquely realized, individual mini magazine of self-expression and artistic work, led by poet and artist Lisa Huffaker, of the award winning “Best of Dallas” Zine Workshops. Over the five day camp, attendees write poetry and create their own zine while learning creative writing, collaging, printmaking, and bookbinding.

TANTALIZING: CRAFTING POETRY AND THE BALANCE OF DISCLOSURE

Instructor: Christopher Stephen Soden
Tuition: Early Bird $50 (Members only through February 17)
$50 (Members); $65 (Non-members)
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Any poet must struggle with balance of disclosure to the reader. How much information is too much? Merriam-Webster defines tantalizing as “to tease or torment by or as if by presenting something desirable to the view but continually keeping it out of reach.” Tantalizing sparks a hunger for answers that compels the reader to stay actively, gloriously involved and ensures full participation in the poem. This class will use Carolyn Forché, Adrienne Rich, Mark Doty, and others to explore how to carefully calibrate a poem with just enough disclosure to create a symbiotic, compelling connection on the page.

HOW NOT TO BE INTIMIDATED BY POETRY (AND PERHAPS WRITE SOME OF YOUR OWN)

Instructor: Joe Milazzo
Tuition: Pay What You Can ($10 donation suggested)
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In this workshop, we will work together to demystify the various ways in which poets — and poems — create an aesthetic experience via careful, imaginative manipulations of language. We will read aloud individual poems by a diverse array of poets and discuss the various elements of poetic expression and how those elements make meaning. We will concentrate especially on the sensual or perceptible rather than cerebral qualities of each poem. We will pay special attention to “seeing poetry”: the poem’s arrangement on the page. Finally, we will apply what we have gleaned from our collective reading to a series of short creative writing exercises designed to encourage further appreciation of poetic language as an artistic medium.

In an effort to make this workshop available to the widest possible audience, our instructor has volunteered to offer the class as a “pay what you can” event. In order to best honor our instructor’s time and effort, a $10 donation is suggested.

THE WORLD OF METAPHORS

Instructor: Candy Zantea
Tuition: Early Registration $35 (Both members and non-members before 11:59pm, March 13)
$35 (Members); $50 (Non-members)
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Get the most of your poetic images in this third installment in Candy Zantea’s spring workshop series. Sharpen your knowledge of the poetic history behind the phrases we use, examine how metaphors have dulled through overuse, and hone your skill with strategies that will keep your poetry on the cutting edge of language.

CRAFT AND CONFESSION

Instructor: Logen Cure
Tuition: Early Registration $50 (Members only through March 24)
$50 (Members); $65 (Non-members)
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Students in this workshop will read and write poems in the confessional tradition. Confessional poetry is often characterized as self-indulgent or too much like a personal diary. This workshop aims to disprove that by highlighting the power of telling the truth and taking risks. We will explore how confessional poetry taps into universal ideas, reaching beyond the concerns of the individual poet. This workshop is suitable for all poets at all levels of experience.

WORLDBUILDING IN SPECULATIVE FICTION

Instructor: Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
Tuition: Early Registration $50 (Both members and non-members before 11:59pm, March 30)
$50 (Members); $65 (Non-members)
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Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction: Hogwarts, Middle-earth, Westeros, Arrakis, Earthsea: these are some of the fictional worlds that have felt as real to us as our own. Writing in the speculative fiction genres–fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical realism, and fabulism alike–often require the writer to play creator not only of characters but also of whole worlds, whole cultures. A well-built world can transport a reader, while mistakes in worldbuilding can break a reader’s concentration. In this course, we’ll discuss various elements one must consider when crafting worlds. We will run through several writing exercises to start building world through description, then we’ll drop our characters into these worlds to see how and with what they interact.

FROM THE PEN TO THE STAGE

Instructor: Candy Zantea
Tuition: Early Registration $35 (Both members and non-members before 11:59pm, April 10)
$35 (Members); $50 (Non-members)
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Ready to perform your poetry, but still have stage fright? Whether you’re a slam poet, a spoken word artist, or just working up the nerve to read your poems out loud, Candy Zantea of Dallas Poetry Slam will give you the push you need to get up there and make your voice heard. Learn Candy’s tricks and tips to evolve a stellar stage presence and maximize the power of your poetry performance, then see it all come together with performance examples from Candy herself. Ready to put your own performance skills to the test? Practice your poetry performance skills with personalized feedback from Candy.