A Collaborative Writing & Art Exploration

Do you admire the arts and enjoy creative practices? Good news! One of Frequency’s most popular instructor’s, Victor Wildman is teaching a six-week writing workshop that focuses on art, the creative process, and collaboration:

Making Writing / Writing Art: A writing class for all 
Mondays, 10/30-12/4, (6 weeks)
6:30-9PM at Ada Books

Victor took some time to answer some questions about the class—

Victor Wildman

What are your hopes and intentions for this workshop?

Part of me hopes that, by bringing artists and writers so closely together over the course of six weeks, something very exciting will happen; not only will it be the case that artists will be writing, but also that writers will be making art. Ultimately, I see it as a laboratory where experiments will be performed, and anything is possible.

Who is this class for? Is it open to people who are new to the creative process?

This course is really for any person – for writers at all levels, and for artists who would like to expand the range of what is possible, explore new ways of making texts through intimate encounters and engagement with the other arts – painting, photography, sculpture, film . . .

Why now? What is the importance of practicing art today, as a community?

Anyone who has taken a Frequency course with me before knows that, to quote from the title of Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge’s Selected Poems, ‘I love artists,’ and often I find ways of building a reading assignment or a writing exercise out of an exploration of an artist’s work. Artists inspire.

What is different about this course is that for the first time, artists and their work will explicitly be at the center of all that we do together over the entire six weeks. This is a course about learning from artists – and about artists learning from other artists – in ways that will make us more successful with our words and creative work.

What artists have inspired you and the course curriculum?

We will be reading the writings and thinking about the work of a number of artists who have found a way of making writing an intimate part of their art making practice. There are ways, for instance, in which Zoe Leonard’s texts on other artists do the same kind of work as her most interesting photographic and sculptural projects; in both she finds a formally incisive way to respectfully engage with her subject. Ray Johnson would be someone who virtually eradicated the life/art, writing/artmaking dichotomies, producing written objects he would mail that are virtually indistinguishable from his art.

Having working artists in the class will make things especially exciting, allowing an opportunity to look at what they’re doing and discover ways – formally analogous ways – of doing the same thing through a piece of writing. I think the fact that we will be drawing from the work of many artists will make this course a particularly exciting experience.

Testimonies of Victor’s previous writing students:

Marcy Wintrub

I don’t think I’d be writing anything if not for Victor. He keeps me moving forward by providing encouragement, inspiration and structure.  His assignments have helped me look at writing – and how I write – in totally new ways. I didn’t even know I was in a writing rut until his assignments got me out!

Evelyn Zepf

I’ve been in Victor’s advanced workshop since he started it and it has helped me immensely.  The advanced assignments are specific to the student’s chosen writing project – and Victor is really good at devising writing exercises that helped me develop the direction and voice for the story I’m writing. The weekly critique keeps me focused and able to edit and improve as I go along. He is passionate about teaching and interested and involved in everybody’s projects and I’m learning a lot from the other students’ writing because of that.

Kevin Neel

I took three of Victor’s seminars, and found them to be invaluable. I had had an idea for a writing project, but was not making much progress on my own, and Victor’s classes helped turn that around.  First of all, his encouragement and enthusiasm was infectious and inspiring.  I never felt any judgement, and his excitement about all of our work helped us to develop the habit of writing and to enjoy the process, rather than be focused on a final product.  And, lastly, I’d say that he had a really unique ability to help hone some vague ideas into a place, an era, and characters.  As a teacher, mentor, and editor, he was great, and I left each class much more inspired to continue my own work, and more equipped to do so.

Todd Yonkman

I came to Victor’s workshop with hundreds of pages of transcribed interviews. Victor helped me re-imagine my project as fiction and in doing so taught me the redemptive power of fiction. Victor helped me feel my way into my characters lives so that gaps in my knowledge became opportunities to explore rather than barriers to writing.




Anne Carson-inspired Creative Writing Workshop

Open to all writing levels and backgrounds, Reading and Writing through Anne Carson is a six week workshop on Thursdays (10/19-11-30), 6:30-9PM at Ada Books. To view complete course information, and to register, click here.


In conversation with instructor Mary-Kim Arnold, we’ve inquired about what to expect in class:

Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of “Litany for the Long Moment,” coming from Essay Press in 2018. A multidisciplinary artist and writer, her work has appeared in a number of literary and art journals, including Tin House, The Georgia Review, Day One, and Hyperallergic. Arnold recently received the Fellowship in Fiction award from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She lives in Pawtucket.

Who is this class for?
This class is for anyone and who wants some space and time to experiment and play! No experience necessary! And no familiarity with Anne Carson necessary. Just an openness to writing and a willingness to talk about reading, writing, and creative practice.

What types of writing exercises can students look forward to?
I’m designing this class to feel generative, playful, experimental. I am hoping that, as a group, we’ll all feel comfortable enough to follow new pathways where they might lead. We’ll create writing experiments and rituals for each other. We’ll work in pairs and in small groups. We’ll write to music. We’ll write without being able to see what we’re writing. We’ll read out loud to each other.
Students will always be able to choose what they want to write. Some may be inspired to respond directly to ideas, themes, or formal techniques that Carson’s work introduces. But that is not required!

What inspires you about Anne Carson’s work?
I’m really drawn to women writers who push the boundaries of form, plus are expansive and inclusive in their approach to creative work. I find more and more that the stories I want to tell and the questions I want to explore are less easily contained in traditional forms or parameters.

The complexity of our experiences — as being so connected while often feeling so alienated, as arriving here from other places and feeling the pull of what we’ve left behind, as contemplating the future of our individual selves and our communities — to me seem increasingly to require a more expansive view of creative inquiry.

I admire Carson’s willingness to take risks — a book as a stack of pamphlets that can be read in any order? A novel written in a single narrow column of verse? I love the moment of confusion and curiosity Carson’s work can invite.



Thank You Seth!

Artistic Director, Rosalynde Vas Dias, shares her appreciation for Frequency’s previous Director, Seth Tourjee:

Earlier this year, I was sitting in at 186 Carpenter Street waiting for the beginning of one of the Frequency faculty readings.  I was feeling jittery and distractible in a way all out of proportion to the occasion when Frequency’s Director, Seth Tourjee, took the floor and began the announcements and introductions.  Of course, Seth was in no way a stranger to me—we had already been working together for two years or more as part of the administrative backbone of our cherished creative writing community, Frequency Writers.  Still, I was struck with Seth’s calm, deliberate, and sometimes wry command of the room as if seeing it with fresh eyes.  It was clear to me then and now that one of the most valuable gifts a writer can possess is the gift of calm attention—a gift Seth brought to their leadership of Frequency and to their own practice of writing and teaching.

Seth lead Frequency always committed to the idea of building bridging between the arts. They actively collaborated with musicians and dancers and brought the spirit of collaboration into the classroom and into the Writing Sounds Lounge, Frequency once-monthly open write forum where writers have the opportunity to respond to live musicians.  During their time with Frequency, Seth also did the largely invisible and under sung work of securing several grants which supported Frequency’s summer youth class, the Missing Providence anthology, and Frequency’s overall growth and development.

Of course, we are not entirely losing our friend and advocate.  We hope Seth will return to teach with Frequency again soon, and the Writing Sounds Lounge will continue to run.  Thank you so much, Seth, for your dedication to the Frequency Writing community and all the time and energy you have devoted to it.

Announcing Frequency’s New Co-Directors

Frequency welcomes two long-time participants and contributors, Rosalynde Vas Dias and Karen Haskell, as Artistic Director & Operations Director moving forward. They offer these words:

“We are very excited to step into the director positions: Rosalynde Vas Dias as Artistic Director, and Karen Haskell as Operations Director. We are committed to Frequency’s mission of providing quality, craft-centered writing classes for the Providence community and beyond . We also want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to out-going Director Seth Tourjee for their commitment and hard-work. They have been instrumental in Frequency’s success. 

Fall classes start at the beginning of October (Check them out!).”
— Rosalynde and Karen

 Rosalynde’s poetry has appeared in Crazyhorse, The Cincinnati Review, West Branch, The Pinch, Laurel Review, The Collagist, The Four Way Review and elsewhere. She has done bookkeeping for Frequency since late 2014 and served on the Frequency board since 2015. Her first book, Only Blue Body, won the 2011 Anhinga Press Robert Dana Award. She loves to teach and take Frequency classes.

Karen Haskell has an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her chapbook Sixty Years was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has been included in anthologies, RI Parent Magazine, and she was a member of the Listen to Your Mother Providence cast. Karen has over 12 years of experience as an administrator in non-profit adult education and as a teacher in higher education. She has also been a Frequency volunteer and student.

Fall Open House & Celebration at Ada Books!

ALL WELCOME: Saturday, September 23, 5:00-7:00pm at Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence, RI.

Join us for an Open House & Celebration this Saturday! Meet instructors, mingle with other writers in the Frequency community, and help us celebrate our recent merge and move into Ada Books.  RSVP or invite others on the Facebook event page.


Find a writing state-of-mind this Fall!jesuscm CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This Fall, Frequency will offer courses—across writing levels/experiences, ages, and background—focusing on writing creative non-fiction and poetry, author Anne Carson, plus a one-day workshop on mindfulness. Our courses are open to all backgrounds and levels of experience. Learn more about current courses here: https://frequencywriters.org/current-courses/.
Current course offerings include:

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

More info at https://frequencywriters.org/current-courses/.


Image credit: jesuscm CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Announcing Fall Classes

Fall Classes Announced!

This Fall, Frequency is pleased to offer a range of exciting classes, taught by some visiting friends and Frequency favorites! Many courses are open to all  levels of experience.

Join us for an Open House & Celebration on Saturday, September 23, 5-7pm at Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence, RI. Meet instructors, mingle with other writers in the Frequency community, and help us celebrate our recent move to Ada Books!

Fall 2017

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 artists with Victor Wildman
11/18: Mindfulness and Writing: A One-day Workshop with James Crews

Click the links above for full course information and registration.

We also offer gift certificates!

Frequency Writers recent reading at Ada Books

Big THANK YOU to RI Monthly

We’d like to give a big THANK YOU to Rhode Island Monthly for recognizing the work of Frequency Writers with an Editors’ Pick 2017 Best of Rhode Island award!

We couldn’t have done it without the helping hands of all our collaborators, supporters, and courageous writers in the community.

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Programs Coordinator, MacKenzie Abernethy, accepts the 2017 RI Best award on behalf of Frequency Writers.

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MacKenzie Abernethy celebrates with fellow RI Best award winners of National Parks Services.