August Free-Writes Moved to 2-4 pm on Sundays!

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For the coming month, Frequency’s Sunday Free Writes will be on Sundays from 2:00-4:00 pm. Come by for writing prompts and good company or just to say hello! Look out for announcements about possible weekly themes or activities.

When: Aug. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: 186 Carpenter St.

Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449794831996028/

Festival51: A Women’s Playwriting Festival

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Of all the plays produced in theaters across America, only 17% are by women playwrights. According to the Theater Communications Group, these numbers have not changed significantly over the past 20 years. Women make up 51% of the population, yet only 17% of theater productions are female-authored.

This is where the new Rhode Island-based theater group Festival51 comes in. Festival51 aims to put women playwrights center stage and (literally) change the face of American theater. The brainchild of actress and director Leann Heath and her co-producer actor/director Terry Shea, Festival51 will produce their first annual original play festival focused solely on developing the work of emerging female writers July through August at Mixed Magic Theatre’s new venue in the former Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket, RI.

This past spring, Festival51 put out the call for new and emerging New England writers to submit their work for consideration in the first annual festival. The five winning plays will be presented on rotating Friday and Saturday evenings starting July 31st and running through August 15th at the Mixed Magic Theatre in Pawtucket. RI. Tickets are $10 general admission and available online now at www.festival51.org. Visit them on FB at https://www.facebook.com/rifestival51.

Here are the plays to be performed:

The Waitress by Ainslie Caswell
Directed by Amy Lee Connell
An absurdist exploration on the questions of value and human nature. New England-based Caswell is currently working on a full-length play, and an autobiographical look at a year in her life “spent making questionable decisions.” Ainslie is also a regular contributor to Medium (medium.com/@ainscas).

Bone To Pick by Eugenie Chan
directed by Leann Heath
A postmodern adaptation of the myth of Ariadne. Chan’s work has been produced at such places as the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and she is a member of New Dramatists and Playwrights Foundation.

Hope Throws Her Heart Away by Susan Goodell
Directed by Christina Marin
A look at one woman’s life and loves as seen simultaneously through her id, ego and superego. Goodell’s work has been seen at Virginia Stage Company, Abingdon Theatre and The Barrow Group. After this Festival51 production, Hope Throws Her Heart Away will be produced in Chicago at Genesis Theatrical Productions.

Echoes on the Peaks by Deborah DeGeorge Harbin
Directed by Paige Barry
New Hampshire playwright DeGeorge Harbin weaves a tale about those who look to escape civilization in the Appalachian wilderness. Harbin is a playwright and instructor based in Manchester, NH. She received the Marc A. Klein Student Playwriting Award for her first play,Constellations and subsequent work has been staged by the NY’s Emerging Artist Theatre, the Run of the Mill Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre, Mountain State Rep and Asheville Fringe Festival.

Therapy a short film written by Shannon McLoud
directed and filmed by Chris Ferreira
A tongue-in-cheek glimpse of fairy tale characters faced with their true nature. McLoud has been involved in the arts in Rhode Island for almost 20 years, first as an actor, then director and now, playwright. Recent work includes Writer’s Block, a piece that she co-authored for the 2nd Annual Providence Fringe Festival, and two film scripts for the 48-Hour Providence Film Festival.

Providence Public Library: Art//Archives Tuesdays

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Providence Public Library’s Special Collections is curating free weekly drop-in research hours for artists like you! Each week the librarians select rare, antique and eclectic books from their collection for your inspiration. Art//Archives sessions thus far have highlighted sea creatures, gardens, and the stars, and have showcased vintage issues of Vogue,  hand-painted illustrated botanical volumes, and 19th century textbooks!

Once you’re inspired, come write with us at our Sunday Morning Free-Writes at 186 Carpenter St., 2:00-4:00 pm!

Art//Archives: Tuesdays, 10:30 AM until 1:00 PM, at Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St. Providence, RI

Announcing Frequency’s Fall Classes!

Upcoming courses in fiction writing, poetry, horror writing, the publishing process, and more. Register today!

Want to learn more about Frequency? Drop by our Open House on Friday, September 4th at 186 Carpenter St. from 6-8 pm. Meet our instructors and mingle with other writers in the Frequency community.

Publishing

Submitting: Navigating the Search for the Right Literary Agent and Publisher

This is a course for writers who have completed a book manuscript and are wondering, “What next?” It will give you the tools to compile a list of appropriate literary agents to target for submission, compose a submission package to give your work the best chance of success, understand the book publishing process, and build a productive relationship with your eventual agent and publisher. Participants should come away from this seminar with fresh knowledge and confidence as they embark upon the tough, time-consuming, and often solitary process of finding the right literary agent and envisioning their work as a finished product in the wider world.

INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie Gorton Murphy
DATE: Saturday, August 29th
TIME: 10 am – 2 pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street
Tuition: $50
Click here to register

Fiction

Short Stories

A fiction workshop with Sarah Tourjee, aimed at helping writers use their experiences, conversations, and memories to enlarge their work through short pieces of fiction.

Wednesdays, Sep 16–Nov 4, 7-9:30pm.

Poetry

Radical Forms of Kindness

 A workshop with Darcie Dennigan. Create a kinship with minor beings and feelings, as well as with minor, messy, and “unsuccessful” poetic forms.

Sundays, Oct 4 – Nov 8, 1:30-4:00pm.

Imagined Audiences

A one-day studio with Stephanie Ford. Invent & invite a new species of reader for your poems.

Saturday, October 3, 10am-2:30pm.

Courses for writers of all genres

Voices from Beyond

A taxonomy of horror with Janaya Kizzie. Explore artifacts and manuscripts and write while “possessed” by the voices you encounter.

Saturday, Oct 31, 10am-2:30pm

Meditative Art Making

Work with Sarah Tourjee to bring your creative practices to the present moment and to engage that moment directly through text.

Thursdays Oct 22–Dec 3, 7-9:30pm

*A Collective Free Write: Providence Anthology*

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What better way to write about a city than write collectively? How can we grow and develop as writers through the very same acts of collaboration that strengthen our urban communities? With so many different voices and styles, how can we make it work?

We’ve had a couple weeks off, but we’re ready to get back into the swing of things with a Saturday free write on July 25th. Come by 186 Carpenter St. at 10 am for Providence-themed writing exercises

Only one week will be left until the August 1st deadline for submissions to our Providence Anthology, so we will be coming together to produce pieces of writing about Providence. This can be something you have been working on, a new individual piece, or even a collaborative effort between participants.

NOTE: This week, the free write is on SATURDAY morning, not Sunday!

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1599990016994537/ 

en·sem·ble: A Frequency Performance for Providence Fringe Fest

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As part of Providence’s week-long Fringe Festival, we’ll be organizing an earth-shattering, audience-collaborative performance called en·sem·ble. Come by the AS220 Black Box on Wednesday, July 22nd from 7:30 – 8:15 pm to watch Frequency Writers incorporate burlesque dance, spoken word, musical instruments, and your words into a cohesive artistic statement!

Audience members will contribute words related to the city, which will inspire our 9 performers to improvise multi-media pieces as quartets and trios. The performers include two cellists, a burlesque performer, a drummer, and keyboardist/sound artist, and three spoken word artists.

The Providence Fringe Festival allows local performers to produce their own show and push the boundaries of their usual artistic constraints. Hosted by The Wilbury Theatre Group and involving much of the city’s artistic community, FRINGEPVD is a once-a-year opportunity to engage with the Providence arts scene, support local artists, and see highly experimental work.

Summer Class Reading: July 24th

Over the past few weeks, Frequency writers have been working diligently with instructors Rosalynde Vas Dias and Victor Wildman. On the evening of July 24th, we’ll offer the opportunity for them to showcase their work and talk about some of the concepts and techniques they’ve learned in their classes. Come by 186 Carpenter St. at 6:30 pm to learn a bit more about the benefits of collective writing.

Digging for Gold‘, taught by Rosalynde Vas Dias, ran earlier this summer and dealt with personal obsessions through rigorous poetic experiments.

In ‘Everybody’s Autobiography‘, taught by Victor Wildman, writers have explored various narrative structures of life-writing.

Refreshments will be available, though anything you can bring is appreciated! It will also be the last night of Hollis Mickey’s exhibit, Remembered as a Chair, so if you haven’t seen it, please come by. We will also have some information available concerning upcoming courses, our Providence Anthology, and other opportunities at Frequency.