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Fiction Workshop with Joe Ponepinto: Jane Addams School, 2222 W. Webster, Royal Oak, 48073, Thursdays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 & 16, 7 - 9 p.m. We will focus on topics that pertain to your writing with an emphasis on preparing your stories for submission and eventual publication. Students will submit at least two stories for critique and participate in critiquing others’ work. Instruction in proper critiquing techniques will be combined with lecture on a variety of topics related to fiction writing, including What is Story, Understanding Character, Detail and Setting, Points of View, Free Indirect Style, Beginnings, Middles, and Endings. Joe Ponepinto is the Book Review Editor for the Los Angeles Review, and the 2011 winner of Springfed Arts Prose Contest. His work has been published in many literary journals. Contact: email@example.com REGISTER HERE
Advanced Poetry Workshops with Lucinda Sabino: NEW LOCATION! Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, Wednesday afternoons, April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15 & 22, 1-3 p.m. If you’ve been writing poetry for a while and are ready to take your work further this workshop is for you. We will discuss individual poems weekly, focus on projects, pulling together a collection, collaborations and other ideas. This is a great opportunity to share your work in a supportive, respectful but challenging environment. Enlarge your poetry community and join us. Lucinda Sabino is a Michigan poet whose work treats longing and loss with humor and hope. Her chapbook We’re Coming Close was published by Pudding House Press. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Driftwood, The Bridge and PrePress: New Michigan Writers. She is currently working on a collaborative book of poems and photographs about children in Cambodia and Viet Nam. Poets who haven’t been in a Springfed Arts Advanced Poetry Workshop before please send three sample poems to firstname.lastname@example.org REGISTER HERE
Advanced Craft Discussion & Poetry Workshop with Kristine Uyeda: NEW LOCATION! Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #7, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Tuesday nights, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 & 14, 7-9 p.m. In addition to workshopping poems each week, we’ll build on our understanding of craft and aesthetics by discussing a selection of material from a workshop packet containing essays, interviews and model poems. Poets must have previously attended a minimum of four advanced Springfed Poetry workshops to enroll. Limited to 8 writers. Kristine Uyeda is a Kundiman fellow whose poems and micro fiction have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. REGISTER HERE
Advanced Poetry Workshop with Kristine Uyeda: NEW LOCATION! Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, Thursdays, April 11, 18, 25, (May 2 at Springfed office), May 9 & 16, 7pm - 9pm. In this workshop our goal will be to generate and workshop new poems. Each week, poets will receive model poems and a prompt/assignment that they can use to expand or deepen their writing practice. We will spend a few minutes each week discussing the previous week's poems/assignment. The balance of the workshop will be spent critiquing participants' work in the hopes of offering constructive criticism to the poet and sharpening our own understanding of how poems work. Limited to 8 writers. Kristine Uyeda is a Kundiman fellow whose poems and micro fiction have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Poets who haven’t been in Springfed classes before please send 3 sample poems to email@example.com REGISTER HERE
NEW! Poetry Appreciation with Nina Orlovskaya: Ukrainian Cultural Center, 26601 Ryan Road, Warren, MI 48091, Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, & 15, 7pm - 9pm. There is a saying “poetry is anything we say it is”, therefore, anyone who wants to be a poet is a poet. The workshop would be oriented toward this goal, to discover the poet within –through the work of other poets, different writing styles and directions in modern poetry, as well as through personal and collaborative writing/analysis in the comfort of a small group. Translation and writing in different languages would be introduced during the workshop. Nina K Orlovskaya was born in Ukraine and emigrated to the United States at age 30. Then she learned to speak English and went to Oakland University at age of 40. At 45, she graduated with a Bachelor in Nursing. Currently, Nina is a part time business owner and full time poet. One scholarship for a guest is available. All questions and details could be addressed to Nina firstname.lastname@example.org REGISTER HERE
Creative Writing with Cindy Frenkel: at Frenkel Studio, Huntington Woods, Thursdays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 & 16, 7 - 9 p.m. Aspiring writers and accomplished writers alike will meet to discuss their work and the craft of writing. Particular focus will be on poetry. We will explore the history of poetic form with an emphasis on contemporary poetry, noting how the study of it enhances students' writing. At least half of each class will be workshop, although a substantial portion will examine other written works. Cindy Frenkel has been in publications including The Alembic, The MacGuffin, Vanity Fair and The New York Observer, where she was a columnist. She wrote and edited the DIA magazine and co-authored 100 Essential Books for Jewish Readers. While earning her M.F.A. from Columbia University, she worked on The New Yorker’s editorial staff. A writer-in-residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project, she also teaches at WSU and OCC. Registrants privy to location. Please send three sample works to email@example.com with "Creative Writing " in the subject line of your e-mail. REGISTER HERE
Poetry and Prose with Carolyn Walker: at Big Boy, 6440 Dixie Highway, Independence Township, Friday mornings, April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17 & 24, 10 am - noon. Carolyn Walker has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her memoir, Every Least Sparrow, is being circulated for publication by her agent. She has been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Writer's Chronicle, among others. One of Walker's essays has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Walker won 1st place in Springfed Arts 2010 fiction contest. REGISTER HERE
Young Adult Fiction with J. Gabriel Gates: NEW LOCATION! Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #2, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, & 15, 7 pm - 9 pm. Writers of all levels are welcome to attend and explore the myriad genres and styles in the exploding area of YA / teen fiction. Workshop your existing YA manuscript or work-in-progress, or gain the tools and insight necessary to make your first foray into this field of writing a success. A Michigan native and Hollywood screenwriter, J. Gabriel Gates has had four novels published by HCI Books (publishers of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series) including teen horror novel The Sleepwalkers and teen urban fantasy / paranormal romance series The Tracks. (Dark Territory, Ghost Crown, and the forthcoming Shadow Train.) His most recent title is the acclaimed dystopian sci-fi thriller Blood Zero Sky. www.jgabrielgates.com REGISTER HERE
Memoir Workshop with Hilary Harper: NEW LOCATION! Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #2, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 & 14, 7-9 pm. Limited to 6 writers. For those who are writing memoir or personal essays and want constructive criticism of their work. Hilary Harper earned her MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. She recently completed a memoir about the search for her father and has published short fiction in a variety of literary journals. Hilary has served as the curator of writing programs at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, and her essays have appeared in the Grand Rapids Press. REGISTRATION IS FULL
Advanced Poetry Workshop with Dawn McDuffie: The Carr Center, 311 E. Grand River, Detroit, Tuesday nights, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 & 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m. We will take your good poem and make it into a better, more compelling poem. We will encourage new skills and flights of imagination through discussion of poetic forms and revision techniques. All writers welcome. Dawn McDuffie has taught creative writing since 1999 and is the author of Flag Day in Detroit and Bulky Pick Up Day. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Feminist Studies, The MacGuffin, and the anthology, Mona Poetica. Her essay, "Humor and Poetry," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. REGISTER HERE
Memoir with Nancy Owen Nelson: at Nelson Studio, Dearborn, Tuesday nights, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 & 14, 7-9 pm. Nelson has published nonfiction and poetry and has edited four books. She served as Assistant Director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing. Registrants privy to location. Contact Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928-308-3785. REGISTER HERE
Prose with Maureen Dunphy - Getting There from Here: Jane Addams School, 2222 W. Webster, Royal Oak, Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, & 15, 7pm - 9pm. Begin—or return to—that writing project of your dreams. Learn how to set writing goals that work for you and then discover the techniques that can help you achieve them. Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers to continue writing, achieve your objectives, and move toward completing your project, regardless of your genre. Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines: Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor. She conducts writing workshops locally and on Pelee Island. REGISTER HERE
An Intensive Poetry Workshop with Zilka Joseph: At the Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor 48108, Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1, May 8 & 15, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. These intensive classes will help you gain insight into your own work as well as challenge you to read and revise with a critical eye. All handouts, discussions and questions are directed toward looking at a poem as art, and the workshop is designed toward achieving that goal. We will use every moment in class to push you and your poem to work harder! Maximum - 8 students. Zilka Joseph has been nominated twice for a Pushcart prize. Her chapbooks Lands I Live In and What Dread were both nominated for awards, and her work has appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review Online and Review Americana. She won a Hopwood award, a Zell Fellowship and an Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship from the University of Michigan, where she currently works. More info at: www.zilkajoseph.com REGISTER HERE
Advanced Poetry with Joy Gaines -Friedler: at Gaines-Friedler Studio, Farmington Hills. Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 & 8, 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm. Some experience with poetry required. A poem is a work of art. We will look at how poetic devices help us to say the unsayable, learn how to "talk" about a poem, receive writing prompts and get feedback on your work. For writers new to this workshop a writing sample is required. Joy Gaines-Friedler is an award winning teacher and writer and the author of Like Vapor, Mayapple Press. Registrants privy to location. Contact Joy at email@example.com REGISTRATION FULL
Each class is $110/Springfed members or $160/nonmembers (additional $50 makes you a member for 1 year). Financial aid available. Register before workshops begin. Writing classes are limited to the first 12 people who enroll.
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