Classes and Workshops

WRITING

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"write now!"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
4 sessionS: MAY 17, 24, 31 AND JUNE 7

Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman

In this workshop, writers Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman will 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 will help 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 will help you figure out your next step.

Location: Phoenix
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"Flash Memoir: The Art of Memory in 750 Words or Less"

6-8PM TUESDAYS
2 sessionS: JUNE 12 AND 17

Rosemarie Dombrowski

The founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series and three-time Pushcart nominee hosts a two-part creative writing workshop on flash memoir. Rosemarie Dombrowski leads a two-part workshop in which attendees read and discuss works of flash memoir focused on the recreation of personal memories, then participate in a writing exercise based on those discussions. The first session concludes with an overview of a take-home writing prompt.

Location: Tempe
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"Bringing Someone Else's Story to Life"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAY
1 session: JUNE 14

Katrina Shawver

Katrina shares insights, ideas, and some pitfalls to avoid when telling a story of someone beside yourself. Bring an idea for a story or someone whose story you would like to write. Work through ideas for interviewing your character, capturing their voice and spirit, verifying facts, and achieving credibility with a capital "C."

Location: Tempe
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"First Book Problems and How to Fix Them"

6:30-8:30PM TUESDAY
1 session: JUNE 26

Betty Webb

As a lifelong writer, Betty Webb, former journalist, author of 16 novels, and a syndicated book critic for 30 years, has seen every manuscript problem imaginable—and she's learned how to fix them. So if you're experiencing what seems like an unconquerable writing roadblock, this hands-on workshop is for you. The usual "first book" problems include writer's block, plot holes, characters who just won't come alive, weak arc of action, and stuffy or clumsy authorial style. Any one of these is guaranteed to get your manuscript rejected, but they're easier to fix than you think. Betty will also alert you to the first-page mistakes that keep your entire manuscript from being read, as well as a host of other amateurish missteps that can make editors turn up their noses.

Location: Tempe
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YA WRITING CONFERENCE

9AM-4PM SATURDAY
1 session: JUNE 30

Tom Leveen (Mercy Rule), Stephanie Elliot (Sad Perfect), Amy Lukavics (Ravenous), Bill Konigsberg (Honestly Ben), Abigail Johnson (First to Know), and Amy Trueblood (Nothing But Sky)

Authors of young adult fiction, including several New York Times bestsellers, share strategies, tips, and tricks for writing engaging work for tween and teen readers in three workshop sessions spanning key topics.

Location: Phoenix
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"Morning Memoir"

10AM-12PM THURSDAYS
5 sessionS: SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, AND 27
OCTOBER 4

Amy Silverman

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. Register today!

Location: Phoenix
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"Mothers who write"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, AND 27
OCTOBER 4, 11, 18, AND 25
NOVEMBER 1,2, AND 15

Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman

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. Class size is limited. Register today!

Location: Phoenix
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ARTS AND CULTURE

"Learn to Read Rider-Waite Tarot Cards without Memorizing Anything"

1-3:30PM SATURDAY
1 session: MAY 19

Suzi Coggins

According to Suzi: "In the first part of the workshop, you'll be taken to meet your spirit guides through guided meditation. This is the most important part of reading Tarot. Most importantly, this is the place where your spirit guides can talk to you directly. The second part of the class will be learning how to read Tarot cards with the assistance of those guides."

Location: Tempe
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DRINK AND DRAW

6:30-9:30PM MONDAY
1 session: JUNE 11

Like to draw? Like to drink? Join us for an open studio workshop. First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies.

Location: Phoenix
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HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY

"tapping into the power and expression of our true voices"

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

Pinna Joseph

Gently massage body, mind, and spirit with the healing power of sound. Attendees will explore specific seed syllables and multi-ethnic chants, and create invocations to call in the quality each of us desires, touching greater depths of the heart and soul. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts the workshop. No previous singing experience required.

Location: Tempe
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FAMILY event

PLAY Art and Yoga SUMMER WORKSHOP

10-11AM WEDNESDAY
4 sessionS: JUNE 6, 13, 20, and 27

Come discover mindfulness skills that you and your child can learn and share to create happiness, comfort and fun through art and yoga classes. Parents and kids will learn different yoga poses based on a each week's theme and do a coordinating art project.

Location: Phoenix
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FAMILY event

PLAY Art and Yoga SUMMER WORKSHOP

11AM-12PM WEDNESDAY
4 sessionS: JUNE 6, 13, 20, and 27

Come discover mindfulness skills that you and your child can learn and share to create happiness, comfort and fun through art and yoga classes. Parents and kids will learn different yoga poses based on a each week's theme and do a coordinating art project.

Location: Phoenix
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"Freeing and Relaxing the Voice"

2-3:30PM SUNDAY
1 session: JUNE 24

Pinna Joseph

Singing sacred sounds and relaxing body, mind, and spirit, we'll explore ancient and modern chants and create invocations with seed syllables and improvised vocalizations. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts this workshop.

Location: Tempe
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