You are invited to our Open House & Celebration on Saturday, September 23, 5-7pm at Ada Books. Meet instructors and mingle with other writers in the Frequency community! This will also be a celebration of our recent move to Ada Books.
10/4-10/25: Writing Creative Non-fiction with Evelyn Hampton
10/19-11/30: Reading and Writing through Anne Carson with Mary-Kim Arnold
10/24-11/28: Open Poetry Workshop: Poetry for All with Erica Mena
10/30-12/4: Making Writing / Writing Art: A writing class for all with Victor Wildman
11/18: Mindfulness and Writing: A One-day Workshop with James Crews
A note about our rates: Over the past several years, Frequency has decreased tuition costs to students. You will see that some of our classes are offered for sliding scale rates. We also offer need-based scholarships on a rolling basis. We offer these options in support of our goal of making writing classes available to all who wish to take them. By paying more when you are able to do so, you actively and directly support Frequency as well as your fellow community members. Thank you!
In the late 1800s, French printmakers Félix Buhot and Henri Guérard broke with conventional practices and began to innovate. Guérard created his own printing plates from recycled material, and Buhot used the margins of prints to depict smaller scenes, which he called “anecdotal margins”. In this four-week course, we will approach nonfiction writing with an experimental spirit, looking to how we can “recycle” material from our lives for our writing and also how we can make use of margins – of the page and also of the dominant culture – to compose our work. Through workshops, discussions, readings, and unconventional writing prompts, we will explore how understanding and shifting the space in which you write affects what you write. We’ll look at work by Tavi Gevinson, James Baldwin, Ursula Le Guin, Félix Buhot, and Henri Guérard, among others.
In this class, we will use the varied and wide-ranging work of “genius grant” recipient Anne Carson as an inspiration, prompt, and guide to generating our own writing. Anne Carson is a genre-defying poet, essayist, translator, and professor of Classics. Her work can range from tender and poignant to puzzling and seemingly inaccessible. We will consider the different approaches she has taken to basic human themes of grief and loss and love and desire, and generate our own work under its influence. By the end of this class, participants can expect to have a small portfolio of original work. Class time will include reading and discussion of Carson’s writing, writing exercises, and workshop.
“I convinced myself that poetry was the purpose of life, poetry as counter-profession, as an expression of personal and mental freedom, as perpetual rebellion. Poetry became a revolution, and a permanent voyage.” — Etel Adnan, from To look at the sea is to become what one is
In the Open Poetry Workshop, poets of all ages and experiences, styles and interests, are invited to come together in joyful rebellion, voyage, and revolution through poetry. We’ll spend the session reading both others and each other’s work, and most importantly writing. This will be a generative workshop, one engaged in an ongoing practice of writing and experimentation in language, form, and content. We’ll encourage each other to try new voices and forms, styles and subjects, and imitate and (ethically) appropriate from writers including Etel Adnan, M. NourbeSe Phillip, Myung Mi Kim, Bhanu Kapil, Jennifer Tamayo and others. Everyone will have the chance to share their work regularly.
Drawing from the ways of making art of a variety of artists working in a number of different media—photography, painting, film—we will construct pieces of writing in a way that is analogous to how these artists construct their art. The reading will be geared toward facilitating this process of incorporating their art making process into our own ways of writing. This workshop welcomes not only writers who are interested in broadening their technique and widening their perspectives on writing, but also any and all artists who may be curious about discovering ways to incorporate writing into their artmaking process. Some of the artists whose work we may explore during this course are Ellen Gallagher, Zoe Leonard, Moyra Dayve, Nasreen Mohamedi, Francesca Woodman, Ray Johnson, Louise Bourgeois, and Chantal Akerman.
In this multi-genre workshop, we’ll examine connections between the practice of meditation/mindfulness and the act of writing. Using quotes and other written works as prompts, we will complete several exercises that invite us to pay closer attention to ourselves, our lives, and the larger world, and we will do our best to define the term, “mindfulness,” and what it means to each of us. This is a low-stakes workshop, and though attendees are invited to share the work they produce, there is absolutely no pressure to do so. Beginners and all levels are welcome. You do not need any previous experience with mindfulness or meditation; all you need is a notebook or laptop and an open mind.