Virtual Creative Writing Workshops

Virtual Creative Writing Workshops

Presented by Community Building Art Works in Partnership with Strathmore

Monthly on Thursdays at 7pm Eastern Time

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Creative Writing Workshop

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Workshop Length

90 minutes

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Creative writing is a tool for knowing yourself, understanding the world, and connecting with other people. Led by author Seema Reza and accomplished guest writers—including poets, memoirists, novelists, and storytellers—these community workshops follow the model developed by Community Building Art Works (CBAW) over the course of a decade of bringing people together in military and hospital settings. Each workshop is designed to help participants put their personal stories on paper in a supportive environment.

Whether you’re just starting out or have been writing for years, you are welcome; no experience is required. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind!

Registration closes at 4pm Eastern Time before each session so we can prepare. Please make sure you're subscribed to Strathmore emails to receive the Zoom info.

Kevin Basl

Thu, May 16 | 7pm Eastern Time

Poems of Celebration (for a World Upside Down) 

with Kevin Basl

It can be challenging to write about joy and wonder when it feels like our world is falling apart. How do we write celebratory poems that don't sound like they were made for store-bought greeting cards? How can writing about life's good things serve as an act of resistance against forces working to divide us?


Kevin Basl lives near Ithaca, New York, where he writes, records music, and enjoys the outdoors. For over a decade, he’s facilitated writing workshops for service members, veterans, and their communities with several arts nonprofits. He’s also taught writing at Temple University, where he completed his MFA in fiction. His most recent book is Midnight Cargo (2023, Illuminated Press), a collection of stories and poems inspired by events and epiphanies he experienced while serving in the US Army, in the Iraq War, and in the years after.  

Hari Alluri Sketch Of The Author Wearing A Newscap With His Hands Behind His Head

Thu, June 20 | 7pm Eastern Time

The Seasons Change Us: Calling to the Sun

with Hari Alluri

The closing lines of Sanctificum by Chris Abani read: “They say you cannot say this in a poem. / That you cannot say love and mean anything. / That you cannot say soul and approach heaven. / But the sun is no fool, I tell you. / It will rise for nothing less.” In this Summer Solstice workshop we will look to poems that invoke the sun, ask ourselves what it means to be changed by the world around us, and write through the things we wish to change, towards the shifts within ourselves from which our writing connects back to the world.  


Poet and editor Hari Alluri (he/him/siya) is author of The Flayed City (Kaya Press) and chapbook Our Echo of Sudden Mercy (NextPage Press). Recipient of the Vera Manuel Award for Poetry, among other awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies, siya is co-editor—with Seema Reza—of We Were Not Alone (Community Building Art Works) and co-founding editor at Locked Horn Press. With work that appears widely in print and online, his next collection is forthcoming from Brick Books in Spring 2025. 

Teri Ellen Cross Davis Smiling Headshot

Thu, July 18 | 7pm Eastern Time

Back Down Memory Lane

with Teri Ellen Cross Davis

This generative workshop will explore family and ancestry through poetry. Using close readings of poems by Etheridge Knight, Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, Linda Pastan, and more, we will consider how the use of persona can examine, celebrate, and/or reconsider history.


Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of a more perfect Union, winner of the 2019 Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, and finalist for the 2022 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. Her first collection, Haint, won the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2022 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and the Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award. She has received grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and The Freya Project and has been awarded fellowships and scholarships to Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the Community of Writers Poetry Workshop, and others. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. She was the 2019–2020 HoCoPoLitSo Writer-in-Residence for Howard County, Maryland, and is the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series curator and Poetry Programs manager for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.



Derrick Weston Brown Black And White Headshot

Thu, Aug 15 | 7pm Eastern Time

The Evidence of Things Not Seen 

with Derrick Weston Brown

The great James Baldwin, whether writing fiction, prose or poetry, knew that truth existed beyond sight alone and that impactful writing  does not solely rely on visual imagery.  


This poetry workshop offers participants an alternative approach to writing, in which visual imagery takes a backseat to touch, taste, sound, smell, movement and emotion resulting in poems intent on revealing the evidence of things that can't be explained through seeing. 


Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in creative writing, from American University. He is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and resides in Mount Rainier, Maryland. He was an adjunct professor of English and Literature at Prince George’s Community College and is full-time Creative Writing faculty at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. His debut collection of poetry entitled, Wisdom Teeth, was released in April 2011 on Busboys and Poets Press/PM Press. His second collection of poetry, a chapbook entitled On All Fronts , was released along with two other poetry chapbooks in a bound series from Upper Rubber Boot Press entitled Floodgates Vol. 5, in March of 2019.


Registration closes at 4pm before each session so we can prepare. Please make sure you're subscribed to Strathmore emails to receive the Zoom info.

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