Classes and Workshops

WRITING

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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 AND 8

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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"FOR THE LOVE OF THE POEM: On Infusing Persuasion Into Your Poetry"

6:30-8:30PM WEDNESDAYS
2 sessionS: NOVEMBER 7 AND 14

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow

Poet Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow hosts a two-part creative writing workshop on poetry. This two-part workshop focuses on the most powerful and perennial elements of poems and poetry writing. These elements include the line, the sentence (and the relationship between these two), rhythm, diction (or word choice), tone and imagery. In session one, students discuss and practice these elements along with selected poem handouts from the instructor. In session two, students return with a newly drafted poem 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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"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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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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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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"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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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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ARTS AND CULTURE

DRINK AND DRAW

6:30-9:30PM MONDAY
1 session: NOVEMBER 12

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

"Sound Healing, Chanting, and Creative Expression"

2-3:30PM SUNDAY
1 session: NOVEMBER 25

Pinna Joseph

Chanting is a road to relaxing the body and soul, a way to a peaceful inner self. Focus on the breath. Create mantras using sacred sounds. Feel the vibration of your own voice. Listen deeply to surrounding sounds. And we will sing call and response chants from various world cultures. 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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