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 March 15th.
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

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.