The Writer’s Workshop Series

Cultivating Presence

Wednesday, December 2, 7 p.m. FREE. Registration is Required and Space is Limited.

What does it mean to be present? What does it mean to be here, right now?

Using music and poetry, we will explore the themes of home, honesty, and meditation as a means of cultivating presence.

Materials needed: paper, writing utensil, colored pencils (in case you feel compelled to draw).

Zoom Meeting Info will be sent just prior to event festivities.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Gloria Muhammad is a writer, teaching artist, and educator. Currently a paraeducator, she has worked with young people and adult learners in various educational settings. As a writer, Gloria is inspired by spirituality, everyday life, nature, music, and cinematography. She is a graduate of Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab and is excited to host virtual writing workshops rooted in healing and personal development. Drop her a line: gloriajoymuhammad@gmail.com / Instagram: @whoisgloriajoy

Writing in the Dark: Re-imagining Possibility in Crisis

Monday, December 14, 7 p.m. FREE. Registration is Required and Space is Limited.

Looking into what you cannot see is more portal than paradox. In this season of wintering and period of intersecting crisis, it is time to turn off the lights and increase the weight of our presence.

In this workshop-by-candlelight we will summon our inner mystics with poems and writing prompts that reach into our deepest wisdoms of the present moment/ We will (re)imagine possibility and joy within the traumas of the unfolding future

Zoom Meeting Info will be sent just prior to event festivities.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Ever Jones (they, them) is a queer/trans writer and artist who teaches creative writing at the University of Washington in Tacoma. Their artistic work is interested in unraveling oppressive social structures, while their personal work is interested in snuggling in front of the TV. Their poetry collection, nightsong, was recently published by Sundress Publications and you can find their work everjones. com.

SOLD OUT: Stories and Poems to Heal the Trauma of this Time

Monday, December 28, 7 p.m. FREE. Registration is Required and Space is Limited.

We are all moving through different kinds of challenges in this moment in history.

How are you composting it all? What can you create and harvest from the compost?

In this workshop, we will write about the ways we can use words, poems, and stories to heal from the avalanche of traumas (the pandemic, the fear mongering, the hate speech, the chaos, the lack of hugs, the uncertainties, economic insecurity, and so much more).

We will do a meditation/visualization exercise together, and then I’ll offer some different prompts, and we’ll write, and then share, if we choose to, what emerges.

Zoom Meeting Info will be sent just prior to event festivities.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Beverly Naidus was an angst-ridden teen when she first started writing. One of her first poems was published in a now-extinct Irish literary journal. Strangely enough, she never studied writing (rhetoric) in college (Carleton College), but she did take inspiring courses in Black Literature and contemporary poetry. By the time she had finished grad school, receiving an MFA in Intermedia (Nova Scotia College of Art & Design), she was combining her passion for words with visual art making. Whether she was scrawling texts on the walls of galleries, sketching words next to images on paper, designing artist’s books with rhythmic texts, or scripting the audio loops of installation pieces, language has played a key role in her work. Laurie Anderson was one of her mentors in grad school, urging her to record her texts about the nightmare of nuclear war on multi-track tapes. In the mid-1980s, she began writing non-fiction essays about her experiences teaching art for social change and healing and published them in magazines and journals. She was encouraged to write a book about her unique interdisciplinary studio arts curriculum at UW Tacoma, and despite the dread of writing a book, she discovered that writing a series of letters to her younger self helped her jump that hurdle. Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame (New Village Press, 2009) is part memoir, part theory, part history, and a digest of other artists’ stories. It includes an allegorical fable that came to her in a series of dreams. Her most recent non-fiction pieces discuss the role of the eco-artist and ways that art can reimagine the world. During the pandemic, she has been waking up at dawn with phrases pouring out of her, so she’s taken up writing poetry again. For some examples of her writing, check out her website: http://faculty.washington.edu/bnaidus/published_writing.html.

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