Upcoming Workshops

Write your way to a new year~

Strategies in Writing the First Ten Pages


April 30, 1-4pm
Weina Dai Randel
Tuition: $45 (Early Bird Members through April 21)
$60 (Members); $75 (Non-members)
Not a member of The Writer’s Garret? Join here.

Feel daunted about writing the first ten pages of your novel? Come to this workshop. We’ll discuss the strategies of writing these pages, the types of beginnings in different novels, and the major elements in writing these pages. You’ll learn what approach fits your narrative style and have a better chance to fully engage your readers from the very beginning.

Beyond 21 Celebration

Beyond 21

May 5-7
Beyond 21 Celebration

You are invited to join The Writer’s Garret for “Beyond 21,” a Birthday celebration with writers, poets, artists, and other professionals who have contributed to making DFW a thriving literary community.

Here’s to the next 21 years and beyond!

FREE readings, talks, online workshops, youth camps, and more!

Sign up here for updates on our upcoming celebration!


Power of Voice, Power of Place


May 6; 2-4pm
Instructor: Mong-Lan
 Free (Members); $45 (Non-members)
Not a member of The Writer’s Garret? Join here.
Members, send a message to program@writersgarret.org to receive the discount code for your free ticket.

Join Mong-Lan in an innovative writing workshop that explores the secret inner workings of poetry and the poetic psyche through the power of voice and power of place. To begin, the workshop will engage in close readings of contemporary poets and talk about strategies employed. Workshop participants will write poems based on prompts and particular strategies discussed during the class. Poems may be shared and discussed.

The Poetry Masterclass


June 17; 1-5pm
Instructor: Nathan Brown
Early Bird $75 (Members only through May 31)
$95 (Members); $120 (Non-members)
Not a member of The Writer’s Garret? Join here.

This workshop walks a poem, or poems, through the full process of creation. . . from topic generation to the application of serious editing tools, and then on to completion. We’ll also concentrate on the nature and importance of performing our poems, as well as certain issues of the publication of individual poems and/or books.

  • Topic generation. . . and generous amounts of writing time

  • Applying “Dunn’s Guillotine” to opening lines

  • Applying “Economou’s Razor” to closing lines

  • Detail and Description… but just the right amount

  • Rethinking titles and first lines

  • Moving from the “general” to the “specific”

  • The Power of Brevity

  • Finding a poem’s “chief desire” and sticking to it

  • How to better perform and share our work

  • Some hard truths about publishing