Creative Writing Workshops

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7pm

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7pm

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7pm

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7pm

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7pm

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7pm

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 7pm

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 7pm

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 7pm

The Mansion



Creative Writing Workshops

Presented by Community Building Art Works
in Partnership with Strathmore

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 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.

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

Doors open at 6:30pm, workshops begin promptly at 7pm.

Writing Workshop

What Every Author Should Know About Publishing

With Derrick C. Brown

Thu, Feb 20

Award-winning author and publisher Derrick C. Brown will lead this workshop on how to assess when you're ready to get published, the inner workings of a publishing house every author should know, and how to beat writer’s block.

Brown is a novelist, comedian, poet, and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the owner and president of Write Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country.” He is the author of eight books of poetry and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.”


Comedy Writing

With Amelia Bane

Thu, March 19

Join writer and comedian Amelia Bane for a generative workshop aimed at creating characters and situations that are absurd, surreal, creative, and oddly endearing. Whether you’re a veteran fiction writer or dabbling, you’ll leave this workshop with at least one scene written, and a sense of how to use what you already know about the world to create imaginative scenes.

Bane is a writer, improviser, and stand-up comedian who performs with the team Hot Boss and tours with the variety show Brooklyn World Tour. She has trained at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Second City, and The Groundlings Theater. Bane holds degrees in literature and film from William and Mary and Goddard College. She facilitates improv workshops with at-risk youth, veterans and service members in military hospitals, and corporate staff, using humor and spontaneity to teach emotional regulation and communication.


Won’t You Celebrate with Me?

With Teri Ellen Cross Davis

Thu, April 16

Join Teri Ellen Cross Davis to discuss the work of acclaimed poets Lucille Clifton and Linda Pastan. We will dive into the dizzying world of writing poetry that centers on family, love, and survival.

Cross Davis is the author of Haint (Gival Press), winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She has received fellowships to attend Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook, the Community of Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is the 2019/20 HoCoPoLitSo Writer-in-Residence, lives in Silver Spring with her husband and two children, and is the Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library.


Lines and Spaces: Terrain and Movement on the Page

With Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

Thu, May 21

This workshop will consider how to use the field of the page, including lineation and blank space, to affect the content and emotion of our poems.

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of two poetry collections: The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons (Acre Books—Cincinnati Review, 2020), a Rumpus Book Club pick, and Chord Box (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Poems appear in Boston Review, The Missouri Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, FIELD, Crazyhorse, Shenandoah, Bennington Review, and elsewhere. Her creative nonfiction can be found in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Travel Writing, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, and other journals. A former Kenyon Review Fellow, she has taught at a number of colleges and universities, most recently Hendrix College, where she was the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English. She lives in Washington, DC, with her wife and son.


Stay tuned for more details about the June workshop!

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