Virtual Creative Writing Workshops

Virtual Creative Writing Workshops

Presented by Community Building Art Works in Partnership with Strathmore

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Thu. April 15, 2021 | 7pm

Thu. May 20, 2021 | 7pm

Thu. June 17, 2021 | 7pm

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Creative Writing Workshop
Location

Online. A Zoom link will be emailed to participants 30 minutes prior to the event. Learn more.

Registration Cutoff

Registration closes at 4pm before each session so we can prepare.

Workshop Length

90 minutes

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!

Divination is the Work Itself

with Hari Alluri

Thu. April 15, 2021 | 7pm

Practices of divination are as ancient as asking questions. The stars, the cards, the elements, the archetypes and symbols. Poetry, story, art itself. In this workshop we will attend to personal, social, and ancestral mythologies that have served, troubled, and moved us. We will draw on our reading, discussion, and a series of writing exercises to surprise ourselves with our own guidance.

About the Facilitator
Hari Alluri (he/him/siya) is the author of The Flayed City (Kaya). A winner of the 2020 Leonard A. Slade, Jr. Poetry Fellowship and an editor at Locked Horn Press, he has received grants from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and fellowships from Las Dos Brujas, Port Townsend, and VONA/Voices writers workshops. His work appears in the Watch Your Head (Coach House) and Pandemic Solidarity (Pluto) anthologies, as well as recently in Prism International, Solstice, Tinderbox, The Volta and elsewhere.

When the World is Too Much: Keep Going

with Laura Van Prooyen

Thu. May 20, 2021 | 7pm

At times when the world feels like just too much, art can offer a glimpse into something that makes us feel “less forlorn.” In this generative workshop, we’ll discuss how engaging in the act of creation can offer perspective, and how poetry in particular can help us deepen our insight. We’ll look at a few example poems then we will use our time together to write and consider possibilities with our own work.

About the Facilitator
Laura Van Prooyen is author of three collections of poetry: Frances of the Wider Field (Lily Poetry Review Books); Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press), nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize; and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of Text Structures from Poetry, a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). Van Prooyen is the Managing Editor for The Cortland Review, and she teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University. She lives in San Antonio, TX.

 

If God Is a Virus: A Documentary Poetry Workshop

with Dr. Seema Yasmin

Thu. June 17, 2021 | 7pm

In her book If God Is a Virus, Seema Yasmin approaches describing viruses with an unusual combination of humility and confidence for such a nearly impossible task. She achieves what journalistic and scientific writing often fails to do: sketch viruses with a sense of wonder. In this generative poetry workshop, Yasmin will guide participants through a discussion and writing prompts about the intersections of poetry, journalism, and science.

About the Facilitator
Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, and author. A fiction fellow of the Kundiman and Tin House workshops, she is the author of 4 books including Muslim Women Are Everything, Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them, and If God is a Virus, poems based on her reporting on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Yasmin is a medical analyst for CNN and a correspondent for Conde Nast Entertainment. Her writing appears in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, WIRED, Scientific American, and other outlets. She teaches science storytelling and health journalism at Stanford University where she is director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative and clinical assistant professor of medicine.

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