Scholarship Offerings!

The Hedy Zimra Scholarship

We are thrilled to announce our offering of the Hedy Zimra Scholarship. The scholarship will cover $200 of one Frequency class that takes place during the Winter/Spring of 2018. All women over the age of 30 are eligible for this scholarship. To apply please submit:

  1. Name one of the current classes that you want to take
  2. A 2-3 page writing sample in any genre
  3. A short statement (a paragraph) about how a Frequency class would benefit your writing life at this time

Please send the above to by February 1st, with the subject “Hedy Zimra Scholarship.”

Frequency Writers also offers year-round scholarship opportunities, open to anyone for application. 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.

POSTPONED: Writing Sounds Lounge with Laura Brown-Lavoie!




**December’s Writing Sounds Lounge has been postponed due to the snow. Please check back for a rescheduled date & time***

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 10:30AM, at Ada Books
717 Westminster Street, Providence
$5-$10 suggested donation

What is it?

Writing Sounds Lounge is a monthly drop-in program 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 given by Frequency leaders.

Read more about Writing Sounds Lounge here.

Who’s making this month’s music?

Laura Brown-Lavoie is a poet and farmer in Providence. She is lately practicing the ways music can surround and buoy words in live and recorded performances of her own work, and is excited to spend a morning making music with her keyboard to surround and buoy yours. You can hear some of her past spoken poetry performances, such as a TEDx Providence in 2012.

You can also listen to Laura’s recent podcast episode on Endless Beautiful, a show that uses sound as inspiration and also recently featured Frequency Co-Director, Karen Haskel.

Share and RSVP on this month’s Writing Sounds Lounge facebook event page.


Writing Sounds Lounge is hosted and curated by S. Tourjee.

Past Performers:
Sakiko Mori, March 2017
Francesca Caruso, April 2017

Emily Dix Thomas, May 2017
Scott Reber, June 2017
Rachel Blumberg, July 2017
Kei Cobb, September 2017


Nurturing the Writer’s Voice: Support Frequency with a Donation Today

Dear Frequency Community,

It is that time of year when our thoughts are turning to gratitude and reflection and stock-taking as we celebrate Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving), begin to prepare for the holidays, and steel ourselves to cope with the cold and dark.  We reflect on the year that has past and begin to plan how we’d like to change and grow in the coming New Year.

It is impossible not to also reflect on the contentious landscape of American politics and the coarsening of public discourse, especially so, I believe, if you care about language and its many applications.  Engaging in our moment meaningfully seems to demand a tireless voice more than ever before.

While reflecting on the nature of Frequency’s work, my first thought was that Frequency’s work centers on speaking out, finding our voices, and raising them up. In a time of polarized shouting and questionable rhetoric, the power of the whisper, of forcing the listener to lean in seems equally vital though.  Silence can also be used as an effective tool of protest and strikes me as a primary state for a writer to exist in.  Frequency Writers’ ultimate aim is to reach writers where they are at and honor all the stages of writing—the voice raised in praise or dissent, the considered whisper which urges the listener toward deeper attention, and the silent work of drafting and scribbling.

I believe these ways of being in and writing about our world and time have intrinsic value and deserve stewardship.  It feels like a vulnerable time to care about the craft of writing; a craft which we often fit in around those things we depend on for a living.  We know that as a member of the Frequency community you do care, which is why we are asking for your support now.  Your donations go to providing scholarships to everyone who asks, help us supplement sliding scale classes, provide travel stipends to instructors if needed, pay our support staff, produce our annual anthology, and generally keep Frequency afloat.  In making a gift today, you are helping your fellow writers’ voices to be nurtured, heard, and sustained.

Thank you,
Rosalynde Vas Dias
Artistic Director

Send us Your Writing! Open Call for Submissions

We look forward to hearing your individual and collective voice as we gather writing for the 2018 Frequency anthology. Last year’s anthology City & Sea and book release party explored urban and oceanic ecosystems.

This year’s work will examine the role of the writer in the community and the many possibilities:

Observer.  Recorder. Witness. Historian.  Storyteller.  Activist.  Prophet.

How do these roles manifest in our creative writing?  What pressures does responsibility to our communities enact on our work?  What is our purpose on the page, in the world?

We are looking for your stories and poems of social justice warriors, hermits, helpers, and troublemakers, work where protagonists engage with their community and succeed or fail to make a difference, to right a wrong, writing where things get messy and get fixed. Or don’t.

Be part of the movement! Frequency anthologies bring people together to share and listen to our words, their impact, and shared potential.

Submit your writing to by January 31st.
Prose submissions should not exceed 5 double spaced pages.
Poets may submit up to three poems.

Explore our previously published anthologies for more ideas.

Make Your Voice Heard in Our Writing Community

Frequency Writers is expanding our Board of Directors.


Frequency Board member & instructor Janaya

Do you feel passionately about sharing stories and educational opportunities, offer a sound non-profit knowledge base, or wish to plug-in more to the Frequency Writers community?  Consider nominating yourself or someone you know for our Board of Directors!

The Board meets monthly for approximately 90 minutes, to discuss upcoming event-planning, creative growth opportunities, and the accessibility of our writing workshops to people in the community.

Please email a CV along with a short statement of why you think you’d make a great fit for Frequency’s Board of Directors by October 23rd to


Frequency Co-Director and Board member Rosalynde