At the Heart of Letters
Sunday, Apr 19, 2020
Sometimes we're quiet when we have much to say: to the people we love or dislike, to ourselves, or to characters we may never meet again. Enter the humble, handwritten letter. Letters we write but never send can heal wounds, bring us joy, and reveal answers. In this workshop we explore unsent letter writing as a method for healing and self-discovery. We'll even get artsy, decorate an envelope, and pen a gratitude letter to be sent to a special someone. For all writers.
Creative Writers' Workout:
Exercises & Encouragement Toward a Healthy Writing Life
Series: Thursdays Apr 9, 16, 23, 2020
This series blends writing exercises with group discussion, inspiration, home practice and reading aloud. Among the topics we explore: how to start (or return to) writing and stay in motion; basics of writing with clarity and purpose; what to do with the inner critic; and why to cultivate writer-pals. This well-rounded workout will not only cheer you on but also strengthen your writing muscles. For all writers.
The Garden of Writing Retreat at Tucson Botanical Gardens
Sunday, March 22, 2020
This special half-day retreat is held at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The event blends journaling, generative writing, and quiet time with circles of meaningful discussion. At the heart of the day is connection. We write and observe, breathe deeply, and leave with the springy feeling of having enjoyed a sweet vacation. Includes a spread of light refreshments. Details TBA.
Listen & Flow
Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 @ Northwest YMCA Pima Arts Center
Listen & Flow is a writing experience like no other. It’s about trusting the creative depth we already possess. In each class, we use poetry to propel us into our real-est stories. Words flow quickly, wherever they want to go, for several short periods. Messy is best. Courage is welcome! When we read our work aloud, others listen intently, and offer quiet thanks. This is healing work that connects and inspires every member of the group. NW Tucson classes are for women writers only. Zoom classes are for all writers. Library classes are for adult writers unless noted for teens.
Whether drafting a novel, story or poem, we eventually rework our words. In Revision Land, the rough draft is revered! Here, we discover new ways to address our raw material. We learn about writing places to visit, lounge around, or trim from our itineraries. Includes a short lecture, a revision period, discussion time, and the opportunity to read our freshened-up writing to the group.
Snapshot Memoir Writing
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020
In this 3-part workshop we use our days-gone-by photographs as writing prompts. We look closely at the details. Imaginative writing exercises lead us into meaty stories waiting to be told. Also we learn how to compress these stories into short ‘flash’ essays that crackle with life. Includes writing exercises, reading aloud and discussion. For all adult writers.
Whole Brain Writing
Some writers dissolve into creative writing with no awareness of the outside world. Others prefer to wrestle a messy draft into shape. In this workshop we invite our dreamy and rational brains to work together to produce part of an essay, poem or story. Includes a short lecture, freewriting, discussion, revision, and group readings.
Words Over Coffee at Cafe Marcel
Thursday, March 26 @ Roadrunner Coffee
Let's grab coffee and chat about any-thing: what you're reading or creating, how it's going, or local events you want to check out. All topics and all writers welcome. Casual and friendly! Stop by any time. Just bring coffee money. Details.
Writing for Self-Reflection
Series: Tuesdays Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 2020
Wednesday, Feb 5 @ Himmel Park Library
Research shows that consistent self-reflective journaling in a focused manner can reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. To explore this therapeutic practice, we use JournalCards and inwardly-focused writing exercises. As a group, we discuss our insights and surprises, and learn how this just-for-us writing can enhance and change our lives. For all adult writers.
Teen Blog, Book & Media Review
While teenage readers enjoy young adult literature, they especially like anything written by people their age. In this class, teens learn to inject their personalities and perspectives into their blog, book or media reviews, later publishable in online or print sources. Includes writing exercises and publishing tips. For all teen writers.
The Quiet Workhorse
Action movies receive lots of attention, but what about those quiet stories? How do writers present subtle conflict when tension exists beneath the plot, within the character, or outside the action? In this class we dig into the powers of understatement and subtext in prose. Includes a lecture, writing exercises and group discussion.
This workshop is for any teen writer who wants a new way to create. For the first hour we jump up and try simple improv exercises; in hour two, we write from imaginative prompts, read what we wrote, and discuss. This non-competitive class is friend-building, laugh-worthy, and little bit zany, which everyone needs. Right?