The Writer’s Workshop Series

Creative Colloquy and Tacoma Public Library Present Tacoma Reads & Tacoma Writes

Saturday, January 23, 7 p.m. FREE. Registration is Required and Space is Limited.

We are so excited to announce the first workshop gathering of 2021, a special collaboration with Tacoma Public Library centering around this year’s Tacoma Reads selection Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo.

Special guest, Sarah A. Chavez will facilitate a book chat, immediately followed by a writer’s workshop challenging the group to explore themes of cultural (be)longing & negotiation of cultural expectations & self-actualization found in the book, in their own writing.

Participants are encouraged to submit their finished pieces inspired by this workshop for publication onto the Creative Colloquy literary site. A follow-up reading highlighting those that are featured on the site will take place at date to be announced.

Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014). Her new project, Halfbreed Helene Navigates the Whole received a 2019-2020 Tacoma Artists Initiative Award. Chavez teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses at the University of Washington Tacoma, serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology, and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. Recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century, Diode, & Hotel Amerika.

The End of Writer’s Block

Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m. FREE. Registration is Required.

This 90-minute workshop begins at the end of a burning fuse.

Watch writer’s block crumble in an explosion of meditations, prompts, opportunities to share our work, and encouragement. We’ll discuss the realities of writing through chaos—both private and public—and tips on deactivating procrastination and doubt.

Walk away with prompts to keep the creativity sizzling even when you’re away from your notebook, as well as a short term plan to block-proof your process.

Abby E. Murray is the editor of Collateral, a literary journal concerned with the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. She teaches argumentation in military strategy for army officers on fellowship from the Army War College at the University of Washington, and she offers free creative writing workshops for immigrants, civilians, soldiers, veterans, and their loved ones around Tacoma, Washington, where she is the city’s poet laureate. Her book, Hail and Farewell, won the Perugia Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2020 Washington State Book Award. You can reach her at