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WRITING

Mothers Who Write

7-9PM THURSDAYS
10 SESSIONS: MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24, AND 31 | APRIL 7, 14, 21, AND 28 | MAY 5

Amy Silverman & Deborah Sussman
Amy Silverman & Deborah Sussman

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a virtual edition of their long-running workshop. 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 -- and physically distanced -- setting in which to workshop your writing.

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Location: Online

Storytelling for Social Change

6:30-8PM (9:30-10 ET) MONDAY
1 SESSION: MARCH 28

Write Here, Write Now
Nik Shier

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

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.

This month instructor Nik Shier discusses "Storytelling for Social Change." From the instructor: "This workshop is a place for folks working for social change to develop their stories and practice adapting them to specific audiences while expanding community connections and building relationships. From convincing folks to listen to getting them to join you in action, this workshop has something for everyone, whether you're just getting started or you've been doing this for years! We'll start off by listening to a few examples from impactful storytellers and then craft our own oral stories, either from our lived experience or from recalling a story that is meaningful to us (fiction or nonfiction)."

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Location: Online

Antimatter Images and Conspicuous Honesty

6:30-8PM (9:30-11 ET) MONDAY
1 SESSION: APRIL 25

Jennifer Huang
Shawnte Orion

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

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.

This month, instructor Shawnte Orion discusses "Antimatter Images and Conspicuous Honesty." From the instructor: "There are only so many ways to describe what is on the page, but negative space is infinite. This workshop will explore those outer reaches and experiment with how objects get illuminated by shadows through poems from Julio Cortazar, Jeffrey McDaniel, and Bunkong Tuon. Together, we’ll apply those techniques on a personal level to hide 'the lie that tells the truth' in plain sight and use alternative context to obscure secrets into something surreal."

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Location: Online

For Mothers and Anyone Who’s Ever Had a Mother Figure in their Life

5-6:30PM TUESDAY
1 SESSION: APRIL 26

Kim Dower
Kim Dower

This 90 minute poetry workshop is for poets and non-poets alike – for anyone who’d love to know how to plant the seeds for poems to grow. From the instructor: "Our time together will provide an opportunity to mine our memories and experiences, our hearts and feelings and potentially awaken new, startling poems. We will explore the rich soil of our childhoods - the places, and emotions from our past and examine how memory can inform and affect our writing. After hearing a prompt, we will dive into 'fever writing' or 'automatic writing,' and witness the magic we create! With Mother’s Day coming up, we will hear prompts that will inspire us to write our own poems – to and about our mothers and mother figures, or just for gifts to ourselves! Bring nothing but a pad and your favorite pen!"

Location: Phoenix

Cultivating a Quiet Mind and Open Heart

6-7PM (9-10 ET) WEDNESDAYS
4 SESSIONS: MAY 11, 18, 25 | JUNE 1

Jeff Andelora
Jeff Andelora

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

In the eponymous hit series, coach Ted Lasso advises Sam, a player who had just got beaten on the field, to “be a goldfish.” Why? Because a goldfish has a memory that lasts ten seconds, and Sam’s mood and play would both benefit from not dwelling on what happened. Whether or not “Be a goldfish” is a goal of yours, there’s something to be said for living in the moment, whether that means letting go of the slings, arrows, and regrets of the past or deciding to no longer worry about the future. Mindfulness practices like meditation and reflective writing can help us do just that. This workshop is for those who want to develop (or strengthen) a practice that not only provides a reprieve from the incessant noise of modern life, but also helps them be more present with the people and situations that matter. Participants will be led through guided meditations and reflective writing prompts to cultivate more presence, intention, and clarity in their lives. Additionally, if being more like a goldfish does happen to be an aspiration of yours, it can also help with that.

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Location: Online