Classes and Workshops

WRITING

SOLD OUT - "Morning Memoir"

10AM-12PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: SEPTEMBER 5, 12, 19, AND 26
OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, 24, AND 31
NOVEMBER 7

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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SOLD OUT - "Mothers Who Write"

6:30-8:30PM THURSDAYS
10 sessionS: SEPTEMBER 5, 12, 19, AND 26
OCTOBER 3, 10, 17, AND 24
NOVEMBER 7 AND 14

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 bootcamp

9AM-4:30PM sunday
1 session: SEPTEMBER 15

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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Found Poetry

6:30-8:30PM WEDNESDAYS
2 sessionS: SEPTEMBER 18 AND 25

Kelly Nelson

Poet Kelly Nelson leads a two-part creative writing workshop. Think of this two-part workshop as a maker space where you’ll be playing with existing texts to create new work. Each night we’ll experiment with several different techniques and you’ll leave with more techniques to try on your own. By re-mixing, sculpting and combining these existing lines, we’ll transform them into something new. These techniques can be used to create found or experimental work, to jump-start your creative process, or to strange up the language in your own poems. All ages, experience levels and genres welcome. Bring paper and pencil.

Location: Tempe
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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"At the Intersection of Personal and Cultural Memory"

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

Piper J. Daniels

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, Piper J.Daniels (Ladies Lazarus) kicks off the series with "At the Intersection of Personal and Cultural Memory." As writers, we all have stories to tell. But what makes those stories interesting, relatable, and impactful to others? How do we use our life experiences to connect to a larger cultural memory and render those experiences relevant to the world at large? Armed with examples from established writers and informed by intensive exercises, we’ll define the personal stories that only we can tell and learn how to make them engaging and meaningful to a larger readership.

Location: Phoenix
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The Story You Need To Tell: Women Writing through Changes

10:30AM-12:30PM THURSDAYS
4 sessionS: OCTOBER 10, 17, 24, AND 31

Sandra Marinella

Author Sandra Marinella (The Story You Need to Tell) leads a workshop on writing and exploring how writing your story can support you as you face all kinds of life changes—a move, a job change, an empty nest, the loss of a loved one, a change in health, or the process of aging. Let’s discover how to find our words and write our stories in the way we choose (poems, journaling, blogs, memoirs, etc.) while learning writing practices that lead toward resilience and creativity. This four-session interactive workshop will allow you to delve into change and positive ways to manage it. There will be opportunities to share your writing in a nurturing environment. Writers of all levels, novice to advanced, are welcome.

Location: Tempe
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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Write Rocking Dialogue"

6-7:30PM MONDAY
1 session: OCTOBER 28

Tom Leveen

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, award-winning YA novelist Tom Leveen (Party, Zero, Mercy Rule, manicpixiedreamgirl) presents "Write Rocking Dialogue." Learn the basics of what makes dialogue between two characters really stand out, taught by an acclaimed novelist with more than two decades of live stage experience, where the spoken word is so essential. Tom will discuss methods of improving first- and third-person narrative, how to manipulate white space on the page, and more.

Location: Phoenix
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VisIon and Revision: The Skill of Refining Your Poem to Its Best

6:30-8:30PM TUESDAY
2 sessionS: NOVEMBER 5 AND 12

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow leads a two-session craft workshop in which attendees read and discuss contemporary poems, concentrating on revealing the finer points of writing. The first session will examine the techniques of established poets’ work. At the second session, attendees work on their own poem at workshop and explore clear-cut skill sets to locate and polish each poem’s best spirit.

Location: Tempe
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Crash Slam Storytelling

12-4PM SUNDAY
1 session: NOVEMBER 24

Joy Young

With its power to connect us, change minds, and move hearts, storytelling is sweeping the nation. We believe everyone has a story. Join nationally acclaimed spoken word artist and co-host of The Storyline SLAM, Joy Young, for a crash course on everything you need to know about live storytelling. Arrive with nothing but openness and a desire to share your voice, leave ready to take your story to the stage. Participants do not need to come with a story in mind to tell, rather, we will explore together through storytelling circles, identity mapping, and prompts, discuss what makes a story powerful, and practice our stories ensuring you leave with the tools not just to tell one story, but to continue to examine your life and produce stories sure to connect to audiences.

Location: Tempe
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WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Micro-Memoir: The Art of Writing Concisely"

6-7:30PM MONDAY
1 session: NOVEMBER 25

Rosemarie Dombrowski

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, Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski presents "Micro-Memoir: The Art of Writing Concisely." Like its "longer" counterpart (flash memoir), micro-memoir is a form of creative nonfiction predicated on brevity and lyricality, the vacillation between autobiographical narrative and introspection. In this workshop, attendees will examine some micro-memoir, discuss its features, and begin to produce a piece of writing that maintains a narrative arc in 250 words or less! 

Location: Phoenix
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bar flies bootcamp

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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HEALTH AND SPIRITUALITY

"The Way to Start Your Chanting Practice"

2-3:30PM SUNDAY
1 session: AUGUST 25

Pinna Joseph

Focus on the breath. Choose simple sounds - bija sounds and seed syllables - to correspond with the chakras. 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.

Location: Tempe
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"Tapping into the Power and Expression of Our True Voices"

2-3:30PM SUNDAY
1 session: SEPTEMBER 22

Pinna Joseph

Today we will gently massage the body, mind and spirit with the healing power of sound. To move to an open and relaxed space, we’ll explore specific seed syllables and multi-ethnic chants. And we will 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 will conduct this workshop.

Location: Tempe
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