Write to Antonio’s Soundscapes: “Tearing Paper Becomes a Symphony Orchestra”


Join us this Sunday for another dreamy morning.

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:30AM, Ada Books
717 Westminster Street
with Antonio Forte
$5-10 suggested donation
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Antonio Forte is a composer, musician, and educator from Providence, RI. He studied both music and fine art nationally and internationally. As a sound artist Antonio explores improvisatory processes which document ones relationship to changes in temporality and spatiality. He enjoys sounds and things that create sounds. https://www.antonioforte.org/

IMG_6390“I am quite intent on seeking out new or obscure sounds, or ways of creating sounds, and treat them as if they are commonplace or traditional. Inversely, to observe everyday sounds and treat them as magnificent wonders of the universe. By these physical and aesthetic means the (imaginary) line between mundane and arcane is blurred.

Tearing paper becomes a symphony orchestra becomes a microwave oven becomes an exotic bird song becomes a bus engine. What enamors me the most as an artist are the instances in time and space wherein a boundary becomes a stepping stone; when preconceived limitations facilitate movement, these are the moments I thirst for, thrive in, and prefer to inhabit.”

Writing Sounds Lounge is a drop-in event that invites attendees to write while listening. Guest musicians from the Providence community will perform while attendees are invited (but certainly not required) to write to specified prompts related to sound and listening. No writing experience required; you will not be asked to share your work. Bring some coffee and a notebook and sit among the books on Sunday morning.


Thank You for Sharing your Voices!

Thank you to all of our participants in the writings and discussions at our free Pop-up Poetry event, honoring National Poetry Month!

In partnership with the RI Historical Society and the John Brown House-Museum, Frequency Writers’ Programs Coordinator MacKenzie Abernethy led activities on incorporating multiple perspectives across time and social backgrounds.

We look forward to future collaborations. Keep writing! Keep asking questions!


Pop-up Poetry with Frequency & RI Historical Society at John Brown House

Rhode Island Historical Society‘s monthly Netop Nights event will this week feature special guest MacKenzie Abernethy, Programs Coordinator at Frequency Writers, who will lead a poetry workshop in exploration of the exhibits and the John Brown family’s complex role in the foundation of Rhode Island and beyond. We will explore often hidden histories through different types of reliable sources that offer diverse perspectives.

Plus, the John Brown House Museum will showcase collection items related to the craft of writing!

Thursday, April 5th, 6-8pm.  John Brown House Museum. FREE & open to all.

More info. on the FB event page and RSVP form: goo.gl/VPx9wN.

Netop Nights pop-up creativre writing workshop RIHS

Student Spotlight: Mike Crowley

Frequency is honored to feature the voices and writing of community members. Our Student Spotlights bring you the words of some of our inspired writers. If you would like to share your own thoughts, please email coordinator@frequencywriters.org.

The Writer

With writing I don’t really have a clue, no plan no theme nothing really.
When I write I usually I go someplace. In addition to my own backyard, I have the George B. Slater Memorial Grove just outside of Pawtuxet Village with a distant view of the Providence river, or I drive all the way to Beaver Tail Lighthouse or up to Lincoln Woods or to the Providence Athenaeum.

I have an 8’ x 11 Mead spiral notebook, a black Uniball, and I’ll sit at a desk, in my car or on the rocks and stare at my notebook until some words come.

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For example, I might start: “At my usual spot near the cove, Providence River low tide, a couple of swans, gulls, crows… Almost quiet. A distant plane. Doppler drizzle hits the metal roof.”  Writing like this goes on for a page or two. Then a day, week, or years later I’ll look through the notebook and find lines and connections that I type up as a poem. For me, form comes later, way after I’ve got the words.

A Place to Land
It’s good to have someplace to go,
someplace from which to come,
a color scheme, an action plan,
a girl next door,
the why and wherefore,
will and won’t,
do and whatever you do, don’t;
a never never and a place to land
a pause in the warp and weave,
all hands on deck, hearts on sleeve,
heads that roll, a lost and found
and hills with variegated hues
when the sun sets, then night looms.

The Community

Frequency workshops are a joy.  I always wind up reading a lot of new (to me) poets and filling a notebook. I’ve taken a lot of Frequency workshops over the past few years, dealing with reading and writing poetry.

I remember it was a little intimidating to walk in, the first time, to sit down with 10 people I’d never met and share my writing. But the atmosphere is always relaxed, without pressure to produce.

The age range seemed to go from collage age to Baby Boomers, and anybody in between. There were no levels of proficiency or writing experience needed. No style required. Some members may never have written anything and/or shared it with others before.

My first workshop was led by Darcie Dennigan; an inspired and inspiring teacher and poet. The group would read a few published poems and talk a little bit about them. Then Darcy would make some suggestions for writing; sometimes with a specific prompt, sometimes just free-writing for 5 or so minutes. Members of the group can share or not share what they produced.

There’s no need to be brilliant, no pressure to compete.

Over the past few years, workshops with Frequency have always gotten me to write more, both in the workshop as well as afterwards. In all of the number of workshops I’ve taken, I’ve left with extensive and thoughtful feedback from the group.

Scholarship Offerings

Frequency Writers is committed to keeping tuition costs within an affordable range, but as working artists & writers ourselves we know that sometimes that class or opportunity feels like a luxury rather than a necessity. We offer financial aid on every class we run, so please contact us if you are interested in financial aid for that one workshop you just need to be in!

Frequency Writers scholarships are open to anyone. No previous creative writing experience required.

Exhibit & Reading at AS220: Making Writing/ Writing Art

Join us for the gallery exhibit opening Frequency Writers: Making Writing/ Writing Art.

January 13 from 5-8pm, with a reading from 7-8pm, at AS220’s Resident Gallery at the Merc: 131 Washington St. Providence, RI.


26170906_10159773031305223_4303355666419270722_oThis is an extension of Victor Wildman’s  past Frequency workshop also entitled Making Writing/ Writing Art. Artist Alyssa Coffman, a student in Wildman’s class, is curating the exhibit.

After returning to Providence from out of town, Coffman stated,

“I bumped into a poster for a Frequency Writing course titled: Making Writing/Writing Art. I felt strongly I was supposed to take the class, and was blessed with a partial scholarship that made it possible.

It was an incredibly stimulating class that confirmed my eagerness to share my writing as an equal counterpart with my visual art.”

The class was aimed at creating pieces of writing that was analogous to how artists – in a different number of media – construct their art. Students were asked to incorporate their art making process into their own ways of writing. Coffman says:

“I’m very excited to see these two disciplines exist in the same space. Come and enjoy the artwork and writing of talented visual artists with powerful writing voices!”

Videos from Upcoming Instructors of our Playwriting & Young Adult Fiction Workshops

Meet some of our upcoming workshop leaders! Frequency is excited to offer two new classes on Playwriting and Young Adult Fiction, taught by fabulous instructors, Adara Meyers and Jeff Hirsch.

Check out the introductory videos below to learn more about the writing workshops. All winter/spring 2018 classes are open for registration. For dates, info, and registration, visit our Current Courses page.