Classes and Workshops

WRITING

SOLD OUT - "Morning Memoir"

10AM-12PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: SEPTEMBER 5, 12, 19, AND 26
OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24, AND 31
NOVEMBER 7

Amy Silverman

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) presents a ten-session workshop series. Start the day with stories. Designed for everyone from published authors to secret journal-keepers, this workshop offers prompts and advice to get you writing, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to share your work. Class size is limited.

Location: Phoenix
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SOLD OUT - "Mothers Who Write"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: SEPTEMBER 5, 12, 19, AND 26
OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, AND 24
NOVEMBER 7 AND 14

Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a ten-session workshop series. Motherhood is the only experience necessary in this workshop for writers of all ages and levels of experience. From published authors to secret journal-keepers, "Mothers Who Write" offers prompts and advice to get you started, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to workshop your writing.

Location: Phoenix
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VisIon and Revision: The Skill of Refining Your Poem to Its Best

6:30-8:30PM TUESDAY
2 sessionS: NOVEMBER 5 AND 12

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow leads a two-session craft workshop in which attendees read and discuss contemporary poems, concentrating on revealing the finer points of writing. The first session will examine the techniques of established poets’ work. At the second session, attendees work on their own poem at workshop and explore clear-cut skill sets to locate and polish each poem’s best spirit.

Location: Tempe
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Making Memoirs

9AM-1PM THURSDAY
1 session: NOVEMBER 14

Amy Silverman

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) presents a mini-boot camp on memoir writing. The workshop will cover many aspects of memoir -- starting with exercises, brainstorming, and critiques to get you writing and continuing with a nuts and bolts discussion of when to share personal stories (and when not to), how to publish (and self-publish), and how to create a writing practice. Class size is limited.

Location: Phoenix
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Chanting, Deep Relaxation and the Power of Vibration

2-3:30PM SUNDAY
1 session: NOVEMBER 17

Pinna Joseph

Chanting is a road to relaxing the body and soul, a way to a peaceful inner self. Sound artist, chantress and Yoga of the Voice™ instructor Pinna Joseph presents an afternoon of attention to the breath, deep listening, exploring the voice as an instrument, vocal meditation (connecting with the sound between the sounds), and call-and-response chanting from many world cultures. No previous singing experience is necessary.

Location: Tempe
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Crash Slam Storytelling

12-4PM SUNDAY
1 session: NOVEMBER 24

Joy Young

With its power to connect us, change minds, and move hearts, storytelling is sweeping the nation. We believe everyone has a story. Join nationally acclaimed spoken word artist and co-host of The Storyline SLAM, Joy Young, for a crash course on everything you need to know about live storytelling. Arrive with nothing but openness and a desire to share your voice, leave ready to take your story to the stage. Participants do not need to come with a story in mind to tell, rather, we will explore together through storytelling circles, identity mapping, and prompts, discuss what makes a story powerful, and practice our stories ensuring you leave with the tools not just to tell one story, but to continue to examine your life and produce stories sure to connect to audiences.

Location: Tempe
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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Micro-Memoir: The Art of Writing Concisely"

6-7:30PM MONDAY
1 session: NOVEMBER 25

Rosemarie Dombrowski

Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing. Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group.

Tonight, Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski presents "Micro-Memoir: The Art of Writing Concisely." Like its "longer" counterpart (flash memoir), micro-memoir is a form of creative nonfiction predicated on brevity and lyricality, the vacillation between autobiographical narrative and introspection. In this workshop, attendees will examine some micro-memoir, discuss its features, and begin to produce a piece of writing that maintains a narrative arc in 250 words or less! 

Location: Phoenix
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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Let's Get (un)Familiar: Defamiliarization as Creative Technique"

6-7:30PM MONDAY
1 session: DECEMBER 30

Cody Wilson

Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing. Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group.

Tonight, Phoenix College professor Cody Wilson (Nobody is Ever Missing) continues the series with "Let's Get (un)Familiar: Defamiliarization as Creative Technique". Where do poems come from? What compels them into being? Susan Sontag tells us, “a writer is someone who pays attention to the world—a writer is a professional observer.” Wilson discusses how poetry comes from refocusing perspective, even on what seems familiar or trite. Participants will be given examples from contemporary writers as models and will then use prompted methods of discovery to generate original imagery that re-envisions the familiar into something extraordinary.

Location: Phoenix
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"Morning Memoir"

10AM-12PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: JANUARY 9, 16, 23, AND 30
FEBRUARY 6, 13, 20, AND 27
MARCH 5 AND 12

Amy Silverman

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) presents a ten-session workshop series. Start the day with stories. Designed for everyone from published authors to secret journal-keepers, this workshop offers prompts and advice to get you writing, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to share your work. Class size is limited.

Location: Phoenix
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Creative Practice

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
4 sessionS: JANUARY 9, 16, 23, AND 30

Amy Silverman

Facilitated by Amy Silverman (co-founder of Mothers Who Write, Bar Flies and Fly Paper) each session of this four-week workshop will feature a guest instructor and a different exercise, along with a chance every time to work on your writing. From vision boards to time management tips, we’ll give you tips to help you make your New Year’s resolutions stick. Instructors include Cindy Dach, Kathy Cano-Murillo and Deborah Sussman. Space is limited.

Location: Phoenix
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bar flies boot camp

9AM-4:30PM sunday
1 session: January 26

Valley Bar and Changing Hands Phoenix collaborate to bring you a one-day writing workshop that ends with you on stage at Valley Bar. Are you a Bar Flies fan who wants to make the leap from the audience to the stage? Here's your chance, with our all-day (and night!) boot camp. Join the Bar Flies team at The Newton (inside Changing Hands Phoenix) early on a Sunday morning, laptop or notebook in hand. Get a prompt and instructions, write a draft, workshop it, rehearse it, workshop and rehearse some more, and perform that evening at Valley Bar. Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided by First Draft Bookbar. We'll also provide plenty of instruction on everything from inspiration to writing to delivery from Bar Flies curators and contributors Amy Silverman, Katie Bravo, and Deborah Sussman.

Location: Phoenix
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"How to write a love letter"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAY
1 session: FEBRUARY 6

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a special writing workshop at our First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix. How do I love thee? Count the ways—and put them on paper—in this one-night workshop filled with exercises, prompts, tips, and war stories from the letter-writing trenches. From lists to limericks, a love letter can take many forms, and you can write yours to just about anyone. Find the right words to let your mom, kid, best friend, or even your romantic interest know you care. AS SEEN ON THE TODAY SHOW Bring a friend! Attendees will also enjoy extended happy hour prices at the bar.

Location: Phoenix
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SHOO flies boot camp

9:30-4:30PM MONDAY
1 session: FEBRUARY 17

From the creators of the popular monthly reading series "Bar Flies" comes "Shoo Flies," a chance for teens to write and read their own true stories on stage – and hone those personal essay writing skills for college essay season. This workshop will give participants a chance to brainstorm, write, workshop, revise, rehearse and perform – all in one day. Participants must be teens; no prior writing or performing experience is necessary. Drinks, snacks, and lunch will be provided by First Draft Bookbar. We’ll also provide plenty of instruction on everything from inspiration to writing to delivery from Bar Flies curators and contributors, including Amy Silverman and Julie Hampton. Space is limited.

Location: Phoenix
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"Mothers Who Write"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: FEBRUARY 27
MARCH 5, 12, 19, AND 26
APRIL 2, 16, 23, AND 30
MAY 7

Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a ten-session workshop series. Motherhood is the only experience necessary in this workshop for writers of all ages and levels of experience. From published authors to secret journal-keepers, "Mothers Who Write" offers prompts and advice to get you started, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to workshop your writing.

Location: Phoenix
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"This Year Reach Your Goals"

6:30-8PM TUESDAY
1 session: MARCH 10

Shannon Wilkinson

Back on Track: Make this the year you reach your goals. Do you set big goals or resolutions, and fail to reach them? Maybe you've quit setting goals because you can’t stand the thought of being disappointed. Again. It doesn’t have to be so hard. In this workshop, life coach Shannon Wilkinson, will teach you the three reasons traditional goal-setting (and resolution-making) doesn’t work, and what to do instead. You’ll learn her “Good Enough Goal-Setting” process so you won’t get tripped up by perfectionism. After you learn the process and set a goal for yourself, the real magic happens! She will coach participants and answer questions. She'll use people’s real-life situations to teach everyone how they can move forward with their goals. You’ll be able to set goals and achieve them anytime you want!

Location: Phoenix
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"Morning Memoir"

10AM-12PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: APRIL 2, 9, 16, 23, AND 30
MAY 7, 14, 21, AND 28
JUNE 4

Amy Silverman

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) presents a ten-session workshop series. Start the day with stories. Designed for everyone from published authors to secret journal-keepers, this workshop offers prompts and advice to get you writing, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to share your work. Class size is limited.

Location: Phoenix
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HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY

"Chanting, Deep Relaxation and the Power of Vibration"

2-3:30PM SUNDAY
1 session: NOVEMBER 17

Pinna Joseph

Chanting is a road to relaxing the body and soul, a way to a peaceful inner self. Sound artist, chantress and Yoga of the Voice™ instructor Pinna Joseph presents an afternoon of attention to the breath, deep listening, exploring the voice as an instrument, vocal meditation (connecting with the sound between the sounds), and call-and-response chanting from many world cultures. No previous singing experience is necessary.

Location: Tempe
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KIDS AND FAMILY

HOLIDAY CRAFTING BAZAAR

1-4PM SUNDAY
1 session: DECEMBER 8

Bring your kids and join us for a Holiday Crafting Bazaar! Kids handcraft a variety of gifts to give to friends and family with one-on-one help from instructors. Parents are welcome to watch from the First Draft Book Bar or browse for the duration of the workshop.

Location: Phoenix
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