Current Courses

Fall 2020

Members of What Cheer Writers Club receive a 10% discount on all Frequency courses. To apply this discount, please email artisticdirector@frequencywriters.org and let us know which class you are interested in. We will send you a separate registration link.

Scholarships are available!

Tell Your Truth, Advanced Course

Tell Your Truth is focused on the truth that each of us must bear witness to. In this course, students should come with some experience of poetry writing. Students will learn the basics of how to perform a poem for an audience and build a body of work of 3-4 poems. Students will develop the confidence to perform live and to think more deeply and critically about what their own truth means to them. 

Instructor: Damont Combs (aka Mr. Orange)

Location: On line

Dates: Every Tuesday, from 6pm-8pm, starting October 5, 2020. Performance date TBD

Partial funding for Tell Your Truth comes from the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism

Tuition: $140

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Essay as Form

The Essay as Form focuses on the essay as a productive form with no limits. Each week, students will read or see an essay (yes, there are essay films as well) that will serve us as a model for the essays students will make. Among the possible readings: Fred Moten, Zoe Leonard, Susan Howe, John Edgar Wideman, Moyra Davey, Janet Malcolm, and of course, Theodor Adorno, whose essential essay, ‘The Essay as Form’ will inaugurate the class. 

Students will come away with a minimum of 3-5 (essay) pieces, each written in a radically different style, that they may, over time, develop into a longer, more fully realized essay. 

All levels are welcome so long as you are ready to do the necessary work (weekly class readings, writing assignments, class participation).

Instructor: Victor Wildman

Location: On line

Dates: Every Wednesday, October 19 to November 23* from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. *NB: In honor of the Veteran’s Day holiday, the Wednesday, November 11 class will be held on Monday, November 9.

Tuition: $265

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Winter/Spring 2020

Members of What Cheer Writers Club receive a 10% discount on all Frequency courses. To apply this discount, please email coordinator@frequencywriters.org and let us know which class you are interested in. We will send you a separate registration link.

Scholarships are available!

Work Your Read

Engage your audience, have more fun, and sell more books!

Learn how to effectively present your written work (prose, poetry, nonfiction, memoir) in front of an audience through lessons on anchoring your anxiety, relaxation and breathing, choosing the right material, and more. Students will have the opportunity to practice in front of each other and to read their work in public at a Frequency event.

Instructor: Kerry McKenna

Location: School One, Providence

Dates: Thursdays, February 27 – March 26 (no class on March 12) + evening reading event (date TBD)

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Tuition: $170

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Prose Poetry

Jump start your writing or add something new to your continued practice by trying your hand at short prose poems.

Through in-class readings, discussion, and workshopping, students will examine the principles that make prose poetry effective and apply them to their own creative work.

Instructor: Anthony DiPietro

Location: School One, Providence

Dates: Thursdays, March 26 – May 7 (no class on April 23)

Time: 6:30 – 9:00

Tuition: $265

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Child Selves, Writer Selves

Let memory serve as inspiration in this one day workshop for poets and writers of all levels.

Students will be encouraged to unpack an often overlooked source of inspiration–their own childhoods–and use those experiences to develop four vignettes (prose or poetry) throughout the course of the day that can be adapted for a current project or become the springboard for something completely new.

Instructor: Susannah Morse

Location: What Cheer Writers Club, Providence

Dates: Sunday, April 5

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Tuition: $70

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Setting and Style

Transform words on a page into an immersive experience for your readers.

Students will learn about crafting immersive worlds by reading and discussing examples from across many styles and genres, tackling writing exercises, and workshopping excerpts of each other’s writing. Leave this class with a setting for your current work that feels real, necessary and fully developed.

Instructor: Amanda Kallis

Location: School One, Providence

Dates: Thursdays, April 9 – May 14

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Tuition: $265

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