Classes and Workshops

WRITING

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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Writing from Another Time and Place"

6-7:30PM MONDAY
1 session: MARCH 23

Judith Starkston

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, Judith Starkston (Hand of Fire, Priestess of Ishana) continues the series with "Writing from Another Time and Place."

Digging deep into a letter, prayer, or offering of advice from another time or place exercises our imaginations and allows us to write inside a different viewpoint and world in a more authentic, empathetic, and responsible way. We will look first at a model of a document and a fictional scene arising from it, and discuss an overview of the creative opportunities and challenges of writing a world/time/place other than the writer’s own. Then participants will pair up for a three-part immersion. This exercise will use the 12th Century BCE Hittite Plague Prayer Cycle, a letter written by a lawyer in the silver mining town of Leadville in the late 1800s, and documentary fragments from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1869 The American Woman’s Home. Each of these documents raises familiar contemporary social issues, but in unfamiliar contexts from the past. Partners will choose a document and brainstorm a conflict and action for these two characters in response to the document.

Location: Phoenix
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"The Very Short Poem"

6:30-8PM WEDNESDAY
1 session: MARCH 25

Jeredith Merrin

As the American poet Marianne Moore once wrote, "Compression is the first grace of style." Tonight and on April 1, Jeredith Merrin, the author of Cup (a special selection by X.J. Kennedy for the Able Muse Book Award), leads a two-part workshop on short poems, which Merrin says "have a way of waking us up! What we observe and what we compose during our time together will also help us to make stronger long poems." Attendees will read a selection of poems, talk about what gets compressed into the short space, and then write some of their own.

Location: Tempe
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"Writing the Perfect Proposal"

6:30-8PM TUESDAYS
4 sessionS: APRIL 14 and 21
MAY 12 and 19

Robrt Pela

Pulliam Prize-winning writer and editor Robrt Pela hosts a four-part workshop for authors about writing proposals and how to shop it. So, you’ve written a great book, or you’ve started one, and now it’s time to shop for an agent, or a publisher, or both. But how? This workshop will help you determine where and how to find both. You’ll also learn the type of proposal that’s best for your project, and how to write it, using simple templates and samples. We’ll also learn about which types of proposals are currently favored by agents and publishers; how best to get an agent’s attention, how to determine what an agent wants from you upfront, which agents and publishers are looking for the sort of material you’ve created, and how to query them.

Location: Phoenix
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"The linked poems"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
2 sessionS: APRIL 23 and 30

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow

2020 Phillip H.McMath Post Publication Book Award Finalist for her second poetry collection, Horn Section All Day Every Day, author Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow leads a two-part writing workshop. Session 1 – April 23 – This workshop will focus on the writing of a series of related poems. Participants will bring to session one the first of two of their original drafted poems. Recitation of the poet’s work will be by both a workshop member and the poet. The instructor will lead with class discussions and suggestions in aspects of the interweaving of thematic development, grammatical patterns, and poetic persona. Session 2 – April 30 – Utilizing the poetic elements discussed in the previous session, each participant will bring a second newly drafted poem to the second session. This poem should begin with the penultimate or last line, either verbatim or a close variant, of their first poem. Recitation and discussion will proceed. The workshop will end with each participant in possession of two carefully drafted/revised and closely related poems that lay the foundation for linkage in a poetry series. Beginners are welcome, as well as participants with some prior instruction in basics of poetry writing and prior poetry workshop experience.

Location: Tempe
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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Family as Prophecy"

6-7:30PM MONDAY
1 session: APRIL 27

Anna Flores

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, writer, actress, and ASU MFA candidate Anna Flores continues the series with "Family as Prophecy."

Writing about family is a sensitive issue, one we usually explore through private history or a personal lens. At the same time, our experiences are conditioned by social, political, and environmental forces. How does the family serve as a microcosm of larger events? Flores will guide participants through a variety of poetic devices and techniques in an attempt to tease out this phenomenon, showing how our families form part of a shared collective memory, and using these results to inform our futures.

Location: Phoenix
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HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY

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"Tapping Into the Power and Expression of Our True Voices"

2-3:30PM SUNDAY
1 session: MARCH 15

Pinna Joseph

Gently massage body, mind, and spirit with the healing power of sound. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph helps attendees move to an open and relaxed space, exploring specific seed syllables and multi-ethnic chants, and creating invocations to call in the quality each of us desires, touching greater depths of the heart and soul. No previous singing experience required.

Location: Tempe
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Living Brave...Finishing Strong

9AM-12:15PM SATURDAY
1 session: MARCH 28

Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern

Join Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern, co-authors of the Living Brave series of stories that inspire, as they bring the “voices" of Living Brave. . . Finishing Strong, Stories of Women Becoming to life at a half-day conference and booklaunch. Meet several of the book contributors from ages 7 to 95 who will give voice and a glimpse into the pages of this unique book featuring 45 women whose stories inspire, motivate, and encourage to finish strong in any quarter of life.

Location: Phoenix
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Reiki Level One Class

10:30AM-5:45PM SUNDAY
1 session: MARCH 29

Kelly Larsen

Begin to transform your life! In this one-day class learn how to unlock the transformational power of Reiki therapy – an ancient energy healing technique. Each person has the innate ability to transform their health and well-being. Sometimes we just need the right tools to begin. Reiki is one of those power tools! In this one-day class receive a level one Reiki attunement connecting you directly to the healing vibrations used in Reiki therapy. This one-time attunement will create a lifetime connection to this ancient healing force. You will learn how to provide Reiki therapy to yourself, to loved ones, friends, and even your pets. In addition, Reiki is also an empowerment tool for every aspect of your life. Learn how to apply Reiki energy to events, projects, your home or office. Great changes begin with the first step! Wear loose comfortable clothes. This is an interactive class, but we will also do a lot of sitting. Chairs are provided but if you have mobility issues you may wish to bring your own chair or back supports. We will break for 45 minutes mid-day so feel free to bring snacks or a sack lunch. Restaurants are nearby if you prefer. Check-in begins at 10am. Class begins at 10:30am and will run until 5:45pm.

Location: Tempe
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Reiki Level One Class

10:30AM-5:45PM SUNDAY
1 session: MAY 3

Kelly Larsen

Begin to transform your life! In this one-day class learn how to unlock the transformational power of Reiki therapy – an ancient energy healing technique. Each person has the innate ability to transform their health and well-being. Sometimes we just need the right tools to begin. Reiki is one of those power tools! In this one-day class receive a level one Reiki attunement connecting you directly to the healing vibrations used in Reiki therapy. This one-time attunement will create a lifetime connection to this ancient healing force. You will learn how to provide Reiki therapy to yourself, to loved ones, friends, and even your pets. In addition, Reiki is also an empowerment tool for every aspect of your life. Learn how to apply Reiki energy to events, projects, your home or office. Great changes begin with the first step! Wear loose comfortable clothes. This is an interactive class, but we will also do a lot of sitting. Chairs are provided but if you have mobility issues you may wish to bring your own chair or back supports. We will break for 45 minutes mid-day so feel free to bring snacks or a sack lunch. Restaurants are nearby if you prefer. Check-in begins at 10am. Class begins at 10:30am and will run until 5:45pm.

Location: Tempe
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