Art has a way of breaking us out of our daily routine and sparking our imaginations, and there is a long tradition of writers using visual art as inspiration for their writing. There is even a name for it: ekphrasis. For this workshop, we'll meet at the Frist Art Museum and, with the help of some creative prompts, write our own poems and stories inspired by art. Registration is open!
This workshop will get you started on that movie idea you've always had. Participants will come out of the workshop with a 30 second movie 'pitch,' basic knowledge of 3-Act structure, and an opening scene for their film. Registration is open!
The Hunger Games. The Road.Ready Player One. The Giver. These widely acclaimed narratives come from a long tradition of storytelling about worlds gloomier, crueler, and more distorted than our own. In this workshop, we’ll dissect fiction’s dark horse and figure out how to effectively deploy dystopian ideas in our own writing. Registration is open!
Everyone has a story to tell, and the good news is, there are lots of possibilities for how you can tell your story through a personal essay. Registration is open!
How can objects from our everyday life, from history, from nature help to arrange and rearrange meaning in our poems? In this poetry workshop we will expand and explode the idea of what the metaphor can do in a piece of writing. Registration is open!
This workshop explores rituals, spells, curses, and prayer in poetry--language that understands itself to be action, language that's trying to make something happen. We will consider the possibilities of language as action and make something happen with our own poems. Registration is open!
This workshop will focus on poems about mothers and how they pass on knowledge (and sometimes trauma) to their children. We'll read and write poems that offer insight into what we learn from our mothers and other maternal figures, how we learn it, and how it impacts the rest of our lives. Registration is open!
In this workshop, we'll invoke a singular event, image, memory, or person to begin writing a piece of creative nonfiction with no intentions of where, why, or how we might end it. Instead of leading our stories, we'll let our stories lead us. Registration is open!
In this fiction workshop, we'll experiment with crafting an unreliable narrator by seeing the world through a liar's eyes. Registration is open. Sign up while seats last!
Join us for a reading and Q&A with the current Youth Poet Laureate of the Southeastern United States! Then try one of her favorite writing exercises. Registration is open! Sign up now while seats last!
Get a hands-on introduction to writing for the radio and recording sound. We'll tap into the radio journalist’s perspective on observing the world and gathering stories. Registration is open!
Want help taking your work from a first draft to a finished draft? Bring a draft of one of your poems to our round table workshop. We’ll learn a few strategies for giving helpful feedback, then read and discuss each other’s poems. Registration is open! Sign up while seats last!