Asking Erica about the Open Poetry Workshop: Poetry for all levels

In the Open Poetry Workshop, starting Wednesday September 21, poets of all ages and experiences, styles and interests, are invited to “come together in joyful rebellion, voyage, and revolution through poetry.”

We interviewed instructor Erica Mena for more insight on what to expect:

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How does an Open Poetry Workshop work?

An Open Poetry Workshop is just that: it’s open! It’s open to whatever the participants are currently working on, or to work created in response to the texts we’ll read together. It’s open to people who have never written poetry before and want to give it a try, to people who are seasoned poets, and everyone in between. Most of all, it’s open to one another as readers and writers. We’ll work on a open to possibility model, rather than a critique model, where we talk about the possibilities of the works on their own terms. 

How can poetry be a form of rebellion or contribute to a revolution? How will this be explored in class?

Making and valuing art is, I think, a pretty radical act already. Forming community around that act can create the catalyst for revolution. We will talk about what we’re writing for, and what the writers we’re reading are writing for. By focusing on what we value, what is possible, and what motivates us we can find ways to rebel in our poetry, and as a community.

How will the writing exercises in class be influences by the writers you have selected? What led you to choose these writers?

The writers we’ll read have several things in common: they are all experimenting with formal poetics in their work, and are all writing from minority subject positions as writers of color and queer writers. Our exercises will flow from looking at their ways of experimenting with language formally and explore the possibilities for expression when language itself is a mode of rebellion. 

What might students consider in preparation for this class? Is it okay if students don’t have any prior experience?

It’s absolutely great if students don’t have any prior experience! The main thing to consider in preparation for this class is that we will be trying to be open to play, experimentation, risk, failure, and fun. 

DATE: Wednesdays, Sept. 21- Oct. 12 (4 weeks)
TIME: 6:30-9:00pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street, Providence RI
$160
REGISTER

An interview with Adara Meyers on her upcoming workshop, Writing Between the Lines: An Introduction to Playwriting

What is a play? What does a play “look like”? Why write one? In this six-week workshop, students will explore answers to these questions through writing and collaboration.

We interviewed instructor Adara Meyers:

Who is this workshop for? Why write a play?AdaraMeyers

This workshop is for anyone who is fascinated by the merging of text, movement, and sensation. How do they work together to create fleeting-yet-unforgettable moments, collective experience, and the potential for infinite personal reverberations? Plays allow us to express the enormity and minutia of our lives, memories, dreams; they create an invisible bond of shared experience between the artists, audiences, and spaces. 

Writing a play can be a bold act of political transgression or critique. It can be a celebration, a ritual. And it can spark the desire to share divergent voices and perspectives. These are just a few reasons to write a play. In my view, the most impactful plays raise more questions than answers from a place of generosity and curiosity.

How can experimenting with Playwriting inform other forms, genres, and aspects of the creative process? 

Playwriting is so much more than the act of putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. It can be seen as creating a living sculpture (performance), which then prompts us to think about what we consider proper form (and why). Can writing be a form of choreography? Can poetry be created through wood instead of traditionally “written” text? Can a dance be a “plain” walk across the street? When you begin paying close attention to people and their conscious and subconscious mannerisms—how they talk, how they move their bodies, which spaces they encounter or avoid on a day-to-day basis, what objects they come in contact with—the ways in which you can explore form and process are unlimited.

Is it okay if students don’t have any prior experience with play writing (or going)? 

Absolutely! There are no prerequisites for experiment with dialogue, mystery, atmosphere, and imagination. These are some of the main qualities of an intriguing play, and luckily, we can access them in all sorts of places in our daily lives. A renowned playwright I have long admired once told me, “Whenever I take a yoga class and they ask if anyone is new to yoga, I always want to throw up my hand. Of course, I’ve only been doing it for 15 years. Playwriting I’ve been doing longer. But I’m still a beginner. Although the longer I live, the more I become a beginner with tricks!” 

INSTRUCTOR: Adara Meyers
DATE: Thursdays, Sept. 29-Nov. 3 (6 weeks)
TIME: 6:30-9:00pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street, Providence RI
$160-$275 sliding scale
Register here.

Women of Weird Fiction: a Reading Group at The Providence Athenaeum

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From the graphic novel Pretty Deadly, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

Led by Janaya Kizzie, the interim Co-Director of Frequency Writers, this reading group will explore great weird works of female authors past and present. In collaboration with Frequency Writers, group members will receive an optional writing prompt to further delve into the potential and craft of the weird in their own work.

This reading group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7pm, September 13 through June 13, at the Providence Athenæum.

For a detailed reading schedule, more information, and registration, click here.

In addition, Frequency Writers is offering a spooky one-day writing workshop on October 29th, Exquisite Frankenstein: Reanimate your writing, also led by Janaya Kizzie along with Rekha Rosha. Information about other writing classes, community events, and scholarships are available on the Frequency Writers website: https://frequencywriters.org/.

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Janaya Kizzie lead last year’s Halloween day Frequency Writer’s workshop, Voices from Beyond, at the Providence Public Library’s Rare Book Collection room.

 

 

 

Announcing Fall 2016 classes!

 This fall, Frequency is pleased to offer classes focused on poetry, playwriting, essay, and chapbooks, plus the much anticipated return of our Halloween workshop.

You are invited to our Open House on Sunday, September 18 at 186 Carpenter St. from 4:30-6:30 pm. Meet instructors and mingle with other writers in the Frequency community!  Click here for full course details and registration.

9/21-10/12: Open Poetry Workshop: Poetry for all levels with Erica Mena
9/29-11/3: Writing Between the Lines: An Introduction to Playwriting with Adara Meyers
10/9-11/13: Chapbook Workshop with Darcie Dennigan
10/11-11/15: The Essay As Form with Victor Wildman
10/29: Exquisite Frankenstein with Janaya Kizzie and Rekha Rosha

Accepting Anthology Submissions

We are thrilled to announce the 2016 Frequency anthology, City and Sea. Last year’s anthology collected writing about Providence and the many perspectives herein. This year, we invite you to submit writing that explores and imagines our urban and/or oceanic ecosystems.  

Submit your writing (in any genre) to frequencyprovidence@gmail.com by August 1. Prose submissions should not exceed 5 double spaced pages. Poets may submit up to three poems.

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