Upcoming Workshops & Programs

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Deep Ellum Adventure Walk

Saturday, March 30th | 1-4pm

with Lisa Huffaker

Adult (Individual): $50 Early Bird Member (before 11:59pm, March 22nd); $65

Child (Individual): $20 Early Bird Member; $25

Family Four-Pack: $125 Early Bird Member; $150 (includes two adults and two children + $20 per additional child)

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Join us Saturday for a family-friendly exploration of Deep Ellum. We’ll gather found text, images, and field notes as we scout this exciting neighborhood for clues about local history, architecture, culture, and art. We’ll explore colorful murals and landmarks, pop through interesting doors to visit unique shops and stops, and play writing games to transform our findings into poetry. We’ll begin our excursion at a meeting point soon to be announced, and end by sharing a meal at a local restaurant, and sharing poems in a flash reading. Our adventures are designed to spark lively conversations, and fascinate parents and younger adventurers alike. Participants should be old enough to take part in an afternoon of exploring, writing, and covering significant ground on foot — we suggest ages ten and up. Wear sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes, and plan on pocket money for periodic snack stops and a meal out. You might also like to bring your favorite lucky pen or pencil, though we’ll have some handy as well. Each participant will go home with a unique handmade book full of images, observations and writings created on this exciting day!

Revising Like an Editor

Saturday, March 30 | 1-4pm

Instructor: Amber Helt
 Early Registration $50 (Both members and non-members before 11:59pm, March 15th)
$50 (Members); $65 (Non-members)
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To write is to revise—But how do you find the distance necessary to edit your own work? In this workshop, professional editor Amber Helt will walk you through the process of self-editing like a pro. We’ll discuss the different types of editing passes, how a professional assesses a manuscript, and where to start revising your own work. This workshop will focus on developmental and line editing for fiction writers. NOTE: Participants will submit a scene from their own writing (>1000 words) ahead of time to be workshopped by the group.

Writing the Wicked: Crafting Villains and Antiheroes in Speculative Fiction

Saturday, April 6th | 1-4pm

Instructor: Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
Tuition: Early Registration $50 (Both members and non-members before 11:59pm, March 22)
$50 (Members); $65 (Non-members)
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From Dracula to Lisbeth Salander to the Wicked Witch, speculative fiction is full of characters we love to hate and hate to love. A well-crafted antagonist or questionable protagonist can make a story memorable. In this course, we will examine memorable villains and antiheroes in fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery and talk about creating believable motivation for the unrelatable. Bring your own speculative fiction work to discuss.

A Writer’s Walk through Deep Ellum

Saturday, April 13th | 1:30-5pm

Led by A Kendra Greene

Early Registration $50 (Members before 11:59pm, March 29th); $65
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Essayist Kendra Greene serves as our guide on a writing adventure through historic Deep Ellum. Learn some history you never knew, get a close-up look at the great contemporary art that covers the streets, and hear the sounds of music and humanity unlike anywhere else in Dallas. Throughout this walk, Kendra will draw our attention to Deep Ellum’s historic sites and challenge us to write our own creative response to Dallas’s most vibrant neighborhood, interspersed with adult refreshment stops in some of Deep Ellum’s most iconic locations. At the end, we will contribute our own flavor through impromptu street corner readings.

Ekphrasis: Poetic Response to Visual Art

Sautrday, April 27th | 1-4pm

Instructor: Logen Cure
Tuition: Early Registration $50 (Both members and non-members before 11:59pm, April 12th)
$50 (Members); $65 (Non-members)
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Ekphrasis, or responding to visual art in poetry, is an important literary tradition. This workshop will explore as ekphrasis as a tool to discovery and increased poetic skill. Come prepared to generate work in response to visual art on display in the ArtSpace gallery. This workshop is suitable for all poets at all levels of experience.