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Spring 2014 Writing Classes  E-mail

Springfed offers classes in poetry, prose, fiction, young adult fiction, creative writing and memoir.  Scroll down to view all of the classes.

Registration online here or with form below.  Basis Membership here.

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Poetry

Advanced Poetry Workshops with Lucinda Sabino:  New Royal Oak Location! Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #1, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesday afternoons, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 & 14, 1pm -3pm. 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 lucindamau@comcast.net THIS CLASS IS FULL

Lucinda Sabino

 

Persona—What Is Not the Self: Advanced Poetry Workshop with Kristine Uyeda: Springfed Headquarters, Royal Oak, Thursdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 & 15, 7pm - 9pm. Persona allows a poet to play, experiment, speak in different voices, and often to enter foreign territory in order to examine that which is simultaneously deeply personal and universal.  Each week, we’ll briefly discuss model poems or an essay on persona before workshopping participants’ poems (which need not be work in persona).  Limited to 8 poets.  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 kristineuyeda@gmail.com  THIS CLASS IS FULL

Persona—What Is Not the Self: Advanced Poetry Saturdays with Kristine Uyeda:
Springfed Headquarters, Royal Oak, Saturdays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 & 17, 1pm - 3pm. Persona allows a poet to play, experiment, speak in different voices, and often to enter foreign territory in order to examine that which is simultaneously deeply personal and universal.  Each week, we’ll briefly discuss model poems or an essay on persona before workshopping participants’ poems (which need not be work in persona).  Limited to 8 poets.  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 kristineuyeda@gmail.com  REGISTER HERE

What Makes a Poem?: Beginning/Intermediate Poetry Workshop with Kristine Uyeda:
Springfed Headquarters, Royal Oak, Saturdays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 & 17, 10am – 12pm. For poets new or returning to poetry, this workshop will offer poets the opportunity to sharpen their poetic vision.  We’ll learn how to begin writing, strategies for revising work, and how to talk about poems.  The workshop will include weekly prompts, guided writing time, and a discussion of participants’ work from a previous prompt. 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

Kristine Uyeda

Poetry Workshop with Dawn McDuffie: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul Educational Annex, Detroit, Tuesday nights, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 & 13, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. We will encourage new skills and flights of imagination through discussion of poetic forms and revision techniques. Dawn McDuffie has taught creative writing since 1999 and is the author of Carmina Detroit, Bulky Pick Up Day, and Flag Day in Detroit. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Feminist Studies, The MacGuffin, and the anthology, Mona Poetica. McDuffie was the winner of the 2009 MacGuffin Poet Hunt, and her essay, "Humor and Poetry," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.   THIS CLASS IS FULL

Dawn McDuffie

 

 

Poetry and Prose with Carolyn Walker: (4 week session for $80) Big Boy, 6440 Dixie Highway, Independence Township, Friday mornings, April 4, 11, (skip April 18, April 25 & May 2), resume class May 9 & 16, 10:30am - 12:30pm. Carolyn Walker has been awarded the 2013 Kresge Arts Fellowship in Literary Arts.  She 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

Carolyn Walker

 


Advanced Poetry Workshops with Joy Gaines-Friedler: Gaines-Friedler Studio, Farmington Hills, Thursdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 & 15, 7pm - 9pm. We will read poems, discuss craft, generate new work and revise old. We will discover what there is to experience beneath language. Handouts on craft, writing exercises, and coffee will be provided each session. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Joy Gaines-Friedler is the author of two collections of poetry, Like Vapor, and Dutiful Heart. Her work is widely published and anthologized and is included in the 2013 Michigan Notable Book, Poetry in Michigan in Poetry by New Issues Press, and in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. Joy is also an award-winning instructor. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Joy Gaines-Friedler

 


Poetry Workshop with Kelly Fordon: Peet's Coffee Shop, 17043 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230, Tuesdays, April 15, (skip April 22), 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6:45 pm - 8:45 p.m. Our goal in this course will be threefold: to read poems, to develop the vocabulary with which to discuss them, and to create within us the receptivity to language and experience necessary to begin to make our own poetry. Bring poems for review and/or write new ones in class. All levels welcome.  Kelly Fordon’s work has appeared in The Kenyon Review (KRO), The Montreal Review, The Florida Review, Rattle and various other journals.  In 2011, she contributed to Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, a Michigan Notable Book. Her poetry chapbooks are Tell Me When It Starts to Hurt, published by Kattywompus Press, and On the Street Where We Live, which won the Standing Rock Prize in 2012.  She received her MFA from Queens University.   REGISTER HERE

Kelly Fordon

 

Prose


Getting There from Here - Prose with Maureen Dunphy: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #1, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 & 14, 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.  Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing and proofreading services.
THIS CLASS IS FULL

Maureen Dunphy

 

 

Memoir

Memoir Workshop with Hilary Harper: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #2, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Tuesday nights, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 & 13, 7pm – 9pm. Designed for those who are currently writing memoir or personal essays  and would like constructive feedback on their work, this workshop will help you transform your remembered experiences into polished, engaging prose. Hilary Harper earned her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and previously served as the curator of writing programs at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Hilary Harper

Intermediate Memoir with Nancy Owen Nelson: Nelson Studio, Dearborn, Tuesday nights, April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 & 13, 7-9 pm. Nancy Owen Nelson has published poetry in the, What Wildness is this? (University of Texas Press, March 2007) as well as in the South Dakota Review and Graffiti Rag and creative nonfiction pieces in Mom’s Writing Literary Journal Lalitamba journal  and Roll:  a Collection of Personal Narratives.  She has published articles in several academic journals and anthologies and was co-editor of The Selected Letters of Frederick Manfred: 1932-1954 and editor of Private Voices, Public Lives: Women Speak on the Literary Life, and The Lizard Speaks: Essays on the Writings of Frederick Manfred . She earned her B.A. in French and English at Birmingham-Southern College and her M.A. and PhD in English at Auburn University.  She taught composition and literature at Auburn University, Augustana College, Albion College, and Henry Ford Community College. For three years she served as Assistant Director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ.  In addition to looking for a publisher for her memoir, Divine Aphasia, she is researching and writing a memoir about three generations of women—her grandmother, mother, and herself.  Registrants privy to location.  Contact Nelson at nelnan@aol.com or 928-308-3785. 
THIS CLASS IS FULL

Nancy Owen Nelson

 

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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