OUR NEXT WRITERS BLOCK FESTIVAL WILL BE
NOVEMBER 15, 2014
We are currently busy planning the 2014 festival. The information below will help you get a sense of the quality and tone of our event.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR NOVEMBER 15, 2014!
Reserve your place in Writer’s Block workshops. Workshop enrollment is limited to 15 per class (Art of the Letterpress is limited to six participants). Advance registration online is required to reserve your spot. Enrollment is now open! You may pay by Pay Pal or credit card
Workshop registrants, please check-in at the registration table in the Green Building one-half hour before your workshop to receive information about the location of your workshop. If you are not able to register ahead of the festival, you may check the registration table in the Green Building, on the morning of the festival, to see if there are available spots.. All workshops EXCEPT the letterpress workshop with Hound Dog Press are $25.
Accommodations for disability: We wish to accommodate special needs. Some of our activities are in galleries and businesses on E. Market Street, so advance notice of accessibility challenges will help us accommodate you. If you have accessibility needs, please contact festival director, Wesley Fairman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants may register for a total of two workshops: one morning and one afternoon workshop. Consult the schedule of events to plan your day. Many free events are running simultaneously, including panels, readings and lectures.
THE STORY OF SONG
A Lyrical Workshop by Brigid Kaelin
This workshop is for the beginning or amateur songwriter. We will examine song forms and styles, basic harmony, how to tell a story in the form of a song, as well as ideas for overcoming songwriter’s block. We’ll also discuss what makes a sellable song, according to Nashville standards, and how to create meaningful songs within an accessible formula.
STATIC AND MOVING PARTS: CONFLICT, SCENE, AND THE ARCHITECTURE OF STORYTELLING
A Craft Workshop by Holly Goddard Jones
This workshop will focus on the interplay between two kinds of story “trouble” and how the passage of fictional time affects a story’s shape. We’ll consider different kinds of story structures, including framed narratives and straightforward chronological narratives, and how scenes can have different functions: dramatic or illustrative. Workshop will accept a maximum of 15 participants ($25).
THE ART OF THE LETTERPRESS
A Hands-on Workshop with the Hound Dog Press
Learn the art of handset type and letterpress printing with Hound Dog Press. Participants will have the opportunity to design and print their own bookmark keepsake from metal and wood type on one of our tabletop platen presses. We will discuss the history and process of letterpress while demonstrating with our collection of printing presses that range from 1892-1960. This is a three-hour workshop that can take a maximum of six participants ($40)
THE WRITERLY LIFE
A Heads-on Workshop with Adam McOmber
The life of a writer is often frustrating. With the constant threat of writer’s block looming, and the responsibilities of daily life consuming your energy, it can be tough to keep writing. This workshop is designed to help with those very normal roadblocks that writer’s often stumble upon. We’ll discuss strategies for overcoming writer’s block, and ways to continue writing during periods when ife has become seemingly too hectic to produce creative work. We will also discuss and engage in a series of exercises and drafting techniques that will unlock your creative flow and help to manifest the potential of a given piece. This workshop can accommodate 15 participants total ($25)
SHOW ME THE MONEY: WRITING THE GRANT PROPOSAL
A Workshop with Tara Coffey, grant writer
Find the money by writing a proposal. This workshop will provide guidance on grants, fellowships and awards for writers. Successful grant writing includes knowing where to find the money, understanding guidelines and requirements, and writing the proposal. In this session, we will explore a variety of resources and then work step-by-step through a basic application for funding. This introductory workshop is targeted to those new to grant writing or who want to brush up on their skills. This workshop will accommodate 15 participants ($25).
- AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
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SURPRISE YOURSELF AND YOUR AUDIENCE: SELF-CONSTRUCTED WRITING PROMPTS.
A Craft Workshop by Adam Vines
Writing prompts aren’t merely for beginning writers and students. Moderate to even draconian guidelines and restrictionsduring the first drafts of creative works actually provide a surprising freedom of expression and access to the imagination, which, when coupled with the anxiety and challenge of “following rules,” forces even the most seasoned writer out of his or her comfort zone and preconceptions of what constitutes a particular genre, a beginning, an end, a trajectory, syntactical gait, etc. The hard work of shaping creative works to meet requirements concentrates language and ideas in unexpected ways.In this workshop, I will share prompts that will initiate and sustain creative works; we will discuss the philosophy behind said prompts, and we will create our own prompts to provoke writing that surprises us. Workshop can accommodate 15 participants.
ALGORITHMS, EXPERIMENTS, FORMS AND CONSTRAINTS: INVENTING NEW POETRY
A Poetry Workshop by Julia Johnson
In this workshop we will experiment with our existing poems and make new poems. We might turn our poems upside down. We might make up our own new poetic procedures. We may involve ourselves in a new kind of language, create repetition of an operation, or solve problems and accomplish ends. We will think about poetic structure and its possibilities. We will read some poems and look at some pictures. We will write and think in new ways and think about what new is. Some might say we will shake things up.