Classes and Workshops

WRITING

"Write Now: Jump-Start Your Writing for 2019"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
2 sessionS: JANUARY 10 AND 17

Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman

Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman present a two-part workshop for writers of all genders working in any genre. In this workshop, writers Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman offer tips and tricks to get you started on a summer writing project. From prompts designed to get you writing in class to a brainstorming discussion that helps you figure out your next steps (start a blog? submit a story for publication? write a book proposal? make a goal to journal? create a writing group?) and several opportunities to workshop essays, this class helps you figure out your next step.

Location: Phoenix
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"Those First Poem Manuscripts: A Very Good Place To Start"

6:30-8:30PM TUESDAYS
2 sessionS: JANUARY 15 AND 22

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow

This two-part workshop will focus on the enduring traditions and practical guides for getting your poems published in literary magazines that match your literary style. The initial process for building a literary reputation is founded in publishing your work in reputable literary journals. In session one, we will focus on resource materials that aid with highlighting literary opportunities, key questions answered candidly and thoroughly regarding magazines' operation and structure, and participants' personal involvement with their poetry when it enters an artistic business realm. In session two, participants will learn tips and maneuvers for navigating literary journals specific to their poetry, how to prepare a professional poetry manuscript fit to any journal, how to keep proper track of the sending of manuscripts, and how to build individualized ascension from successful acceptances. Handouts will be given, and it is expected that both sessions will be plentiful with Q&A.

Location: Tempe
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"the story you need to tell: writing to transform your story"

10:30AM-12:30PM wednesdays
2 sessionS: JANUARY 23 AND 30

Sandra Marinella

Your story matters. Ignite your passion for writing your experiences in ways that will embrace and guide you toward personal growth and transformation. This two-session workshop will help you find the stories you need to tell while giving you the chance to explore your resilient and creative self. There will be opportunities to share your writing in a nurturing environment. This workshop will engage writers of all levels, novice to advanced. Come and fill your new year with a wonderful dose of inspiration to help you find and write your best stories.

Location: Tempe
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Shoo Flies: "Page to Stage"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
4 sessionS: JANUARY 24 AND 31
FEBRUARY 7 AND 21

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. Led by Bar Flies curators and contributors, this workshop will give participants a chance to brainstorm, write, workshop, revise, rehearse and perform. students must be teens; no prior writing or performing experience is necessary.

Location: Phoenix
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Bar Flies Boot Camp

9AM-5PM SUNDAY
1 session: JANUARY 27

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 Johnson, and Deborah Sussman.

Location: Phoenix
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"Ekphrasis Poetry"

6:30-8:30PM TUESDAY
1 session: FEBRUARY 12

Merle Nudelman

Ekphrastic poems are written in response to works of art and engage with the subject piece. Ekphrasis dates back to Homer's description of Achilles' shield in the Iliad. Merle Nudelman will discuss the process of crafting ekphrastic poems. She will illustrate this literary form with some of her own ekphrastic poetry from The Seeker Ascends accompanied by the paintings that inspired these poems. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to experience this creative process directly by writing their own ekphrastic poems in dialogue with original paintings that will be displayed. Participants will also have the option of sharing their poems with the group.

Location: Tempe
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"Poetic Imagery and Insight: How looking Outside yourself helps you see (and say) what's going on Inside"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
2 sessionS: FEBRUARY 21 and 28

Jeredith Merrin

In session one of this two-part workshop, we're going to talk about the relation between Looking and Making. We'll discuss examples of imagery—especially visual imagery—in a selection of poem handouts provided by the instructor. You are invited (but not required) to bring to this first class a short poem (not by you!)—or a stanza from a longer poem—that contains imagery you yourself find moving/striking. The session will end with suggestions/exercises for your future writing. In the second session, participants return with newly drafted poems (in sufficient copies for the class) to workshop. Beginners are welcome, as well as participants who have had some prior experience in writing poetry or in other poetry workshops.

Location: Tempe
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"Mothers Who Write"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: FEBRUARY 28
MARCH 7, 21, AND 28
APRIL 4, 11, 18, AND 25
MAY 2 AND 9

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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"Morning Memoir"

10AM-12PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: FEBRUARY 28
MARCH 7, 21, AND 28
APRIL 4, 11, 18, AND 25
MAY 2 AND 9

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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Bar Flies: "Page to Stage"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
4 sessionS: MARCH 26
APRIL 2, 9, AND 16

From the creators of the popular monthly reading series "Bar Flies," this workshop will give participants a chance to brainstorm, write, workshop, revise, rehearse and perform your own true story on stage. No prior writing or performing experience is necessary.

Location: Phoenix
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"Write Now: Jump-Start Your Summer Writing"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
4 sessionS: MAY 16, 23, AND 30
JUNE 6

Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman

Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman present a four-part workshop for writers of all genders working in any genre. In this workshop, writers Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman offer tips and tricks to get you started on a summer writing project. From prompts designed to get you writing in class to a brainstorming discussion that helps you figure out your next steps (start a blog? submit a story for publication? write a book proposal? make a goal to journal? create a writing group?) and several opportunities to workshop essays, this class helps you figure out your next step.

Location: Phoenix
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HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY

"The Way to Start Your Chanting Practice"

2-3:30PM SUNDAY
1 session: JANUARY 20

Pinna Joseph

Focus on the breath. Your choice of simple sounds to correspond with the chakras - bija sounds and seed syllables. Sing a chant or two from a variety of world cultures. Improvise with your favorite sounds. Individualize the practice for each person. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph will conduct this workshop. No previous singing experience required.

Location: Tempe
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