Classes and Workshops

WRITING

*CANCELLED*
"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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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Revolutionary Poetry"

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

Fargo Tbakhi

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, Fargo Tbakhi (Winner of the 2018 Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship) continues the series with "Revolutionary Poetry."

In her poem, “The Master’s House,” luminary poet Solmaz Sharif's writes the lines: "To eye the master's bone china / to pour diuretic in his coffee and think this / erosive to the state." While diuretic in the coffee might not erode the state, perhaps poetry might. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways that poetry can work against states and their violence; how we might mold our poetics into bricks. Looking at work from poets like Solmaz Sharif, Sean Bonney, Dareen Tatour, Wendy Trevino, Amiri Baraka, and others, we’ll identify poetic strategies for working against the state, which we’ll use as the basis for in-class writing exercises and generative prompts. By the end of the workshop, participants will leave with new, original poems to continue working on at home, and concrete techniques for engaging in social issues, and a deeper understanding of the political power of poetry.

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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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Three Ways To Think About Plot"

6-7:30PM MONDAY
1 session: FEBRUARY 24

Suyi Okungbowa

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, the author of the highly-anticipated Nigerian godpunk debut David Mogo, Godhunter (Abaddon, 2019), Suyi Okungbowa continues the series with "Three Ways To Think About Plot."

You might've heard people refer to some of your beloved stories as "plot-heavy" or even "plot-less," while you're over here wondering what in the world "plot" is even, and how to make your story have one (that works). In this workshop, we’ll explore new ways to think about plot in relation to your work. First, we’ll talk about plot in relationship to character goals as cycles of trying and failing, acceptance and rejection, and cause and effect. Then, we’ll create our own plots or micro-stories in five minutes and rewrite them using each of these techniques. Finally, we’ll discuss how these exercises can be adapted for novellas, novels, and other longer works. By the end of the workshop, you'll leave with concrete ideas and actionable strategies for tackling plot in your stories.

Location: Phoenix
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*SOLD OUT*
"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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HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY

"The Way to Start Your Chant Practice"

2-3:30PM SUNDAY
1 session: JANUARY 19

Pinna Joseph

Focus on the breath. Choose simple sounds to correspond with the chakras / bija sounds / seed syllables. Sing chants from a variety of world cultures. Improvise with your favorite sounds. We individualize the practice for each person. No previous singing experience is necessary.

Location: Tempe
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