The Writer’s Workshop Series

What Were You Thinking?

January 25, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FREE, Registration Required–Space is Limited.

A discussion about the questions we ask ourselves while writing whether we know it or not.

Let’s see how specific we can get about the questions we are trying to answer when writing and talk about how discovering our big question can set us free to explore the blank page. 

Jenni Prange Boran is a professional screenwriter, playwright, and story analyst. She also researched and wrote for Pod Cast-Off, the Sound Experience podcast, and is currently working on a true crime podcast series surrounding a deadly family feud that took place in Southern Indiana in the late 1800s. Prior to her work in writing, Jenni worked in Los Angeles in Set Decoration on films like “The Grinch” and “Bandits”, an experience that lit a fire under her passion for film and taught her characterization through visuals. Jenni now lives in (and loves) Tacoma, WA, and co-hosts a biannual Writers’ Retreat in coastal Grayland, WA.

Outside the System: Using blackout poetry to explore the relationship between motherhood, money, and capitalism

February 5, 10 – 11:30 a.m. FREE, Registration Required–Space is Limited. This gathering will be our first in-person workshop, taking place at Parable (3502 McKinley Ave, Suite A, Tacoma). Coffee will be provided.

In this workshop, we’ll explore motherhood (as the non-gendered act of caretaking  children) and how donning its mantle alters our relationship to capitalism and money, using blackout poetry as our expressive medium. We’ll look to the work of prominent artists Krista Franklin, Kellie Richardson, and Britteney Black Rose Kapri as guideposts along our way. 

Participants should bring a magic marker, pencil, blank paper, and typed documents that can be used as the base for their blackout poem. Documents that touch on participants’ relationship to capitalism and money will be the most fruitful, though any will work. Examples include bills, job postings, newspapers, late notices, correspondence, emails, essays, etc.

Because of the personal nature of our discussions and documents, this workshop will not be recorded. Registration limited to 15 participants. 

Christina Vega (they/them) is a Queer Chicana poet. They’re also the publisher at Blue Cactus Press. Christina self-published their debut poetry collection, Still Clutching Maps, in 2017. Their poetry has appeared in Creative Colloquy, Frontera Vol. 3: estados silvestres // natural states,  International Poetry Review, Papeachu Issue 3, Timberline Review, WA129+, and Milk Gallery. Christina’s journalism has appeared in City Arts, Grit City Magazine, Hilltop Action Journal, OLY ARTS, The Ranger, VOICE Magazine andWeekly Volcano. Follow Christina on Twitter @bluecactuspress and Instagram @ccthemighty.

Drop Me Near the Fire: Writing the Micro Essay

February 26, 4 – 5:30 p.m. FREE, Registration Required–Space is Limited.

 The micro essay packs a punch in under 1,000 words, and we’ll learn how in this generative class.

We’ll go over contemporary micros, discuss the form, and generate seeds of future essays through prompts and exercises.

Nicole McCarthy is an experimental writer and artist based outside of Seattle. Her work has appeared in PANKHobartThe OffingRedividerGlass: a Journal of Poetry, a Best American Experimental Writing anthology, and others. Her work has also been performed and encountered as projection installation pieces throughout the Puget Sound and her written work can be found at Her first book, A SUMMONING, will be published summer of 2022 from Heavy Feather Review.

March 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Please join CC and the Tacoma Public Library for this FREE Writing Workshop: Unlocking Your Creativity: How Art Journaling and Creative Practice Will Change the Way You Write. Registration Required and Space is Limited – please see full details and REGISTER TODAY!
March 29, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Please join CC and the Tacoma Public Library for this FREE Writing Workshop: Show and Tell: Bring Your Story to Life with Jenny Bartoy. Registration Required and Space is Limited – please see full details and REGISTER TODAY!