Fall Classes

All levels and beginner-writers welcome!

Saturday 9/15: Nature Writing

Sundays, 9/23-10/14: Endless Beautiful

Thursdays, 10/18 & 10/25: The Devil You Know

Thursdays, 11/8-12/13: Image into Text [Cinematic Writing]

Sunday, 11/11: Writing the Difficult Story

Tuesdays, 11/13-12/4: Poet as Witness to History

Sunday 12/2: The Road to Publication

Current Course Descriptions and Registration.

Student Spotlight: Veronica Vela

Frequency is honored to feature the voices and writing of community members! Our Student Spotlights bring you the words of some of our inspired writers. If you would like to share your own thoughts, please email coordinator@frequencywriters.org.

The Writer

When I’m not writing, I’m usually laughing. I love watching movies and traveling. I’m grateful to have a career in writing, where I can still be creative. The goal of being able to write professionally has always been my goal ever since I can recall….

…Reading helps me find the right mood I’m trying to achieve in a new story…. I’m typically very focused and sometimes (if I’m lucky enough) I’ll get in a trance-like state where the piece writes itself. Experiencing that is one of the many reasons I have always loved writing. 

The Writing Community

How has Frequency inspired your writings? 

I was part of Kristen Capaldi’s Flash Fiction course. The reason I joined was because I hadn’t written anything new in over a year….Kristen’s prompts helped unlock my creative juices and I managed to finish three complete storiesaround 500 words each, which I am grateful for. 

How has being part of a writing community impacted your writing practice and life beyond the page?

Typically, I love solitude…but I challenged myself to participate andreally listento other writers. Members of my writing group helped me solve problems I was grappling with, they motivated me to keep going… Their insights were invaluable. 

Because of this class, I became motivated to submit to journals….[T]he act of submitting a piece of fiction was an achievement for me…. [W]e still meet bi-weekly to talk writing and workshop our pieces. 

Who would you invite to Frequency writers? 

I would encourage people who are nervous about getting out of their comfort zones to take a class, with classmates from all different backgrounds[some] had never written a piece of fiction in their life.  Like most people, we were busy, tired from working ten hours at work, and driving in bad traffic, but we all showed up. We showed up just so we could engage in something wonderfully creative….

Read a flash fiction piece by Veronica Vela, Astrobee-3:


I can’t recall the feeling of being hurled hundreds of feet into the air, but I can remember the smell of the field. Stretches of young, coarse wheat surrounded me and I drew my hand through the cool stalks.

Each time I landed, I hit the ground butt first and each time, I woke up further from the house. Father had taken to the new device, the Astrobee-3. The Astrobee was a precarious little knob that worked roughly half the time. He had worked his way up on the dial to 500 feet. It was a distance far enough from the house that the march back would be a contemplative one.  According to the manual, “anything greater than 500 feet could result in the unpredictable displacement effect or even death.”

I can’t recall the feeling of being mid-air, but I remember always wanting him to leave. My father was an orphan from the slums of Birchdale and by the time I had become a teenager, he was a widower from Moose Jaw. He had a shrewd, fat face, and was devoid of spirit except when it came to swinging his wrists. By the time Astrobee arrived, he was practically giddy as he removed the contraption from its box. ASTROBEEwas printed in black bold letters on a silver round button. He couldn’t read, yet fingered the black raised letters sweetly as if hoping he could. He kicked the styrofoam peanuts all around the floor and tinkered with all of Astrobee’s mechanical parts. “This knob ‘il set you straight you mark my words” and kept the button deep in the pockets of the trousers he wore every day.

Father used Astrobee every chance he could. If I shifted in my chair a certain way, if my shirts were too tight, if I cooked a bad meal,  hell if the sky was pink. Each time I made the walk back to the house, I came back bruised and blood-crusted with wet grass stuck to my legs. But each time, my body adjusted a little more. He thwacked the ejector knob so often and with such excitement, the “A” “S” and “R” had worn off the button leaving the word “T   OBEE” in pale black ink.

Our house was a squat log cottage, with two bedrooms and three beds. The house came with a high stone fireplace and a good country dog, one rich in leisure. The last night I saw father, he had about two pints of curl (homemade alcohol that’ll curl your toes) and passed out with his head resting on the hearth near the fire box. Father had tripped so hard that the button slipped out of his khaki’s. My body felt like an electric wire and I shot straight up. I could see the tick marks so clearly and the DO NOT EXCEED label near the orange range. In that moment, I saw everything.

I took the button and turned it over with the dial side facing me and cradled it in both hands like a precious animal. I looked at my drunken father on the floor, looked back at the device, and smiled as the dial’s face stared back at me.


Nature Writing workshop THIS WEEKEND at Lincoln Woods!

Just a couple of spots left in the one-day N


ature Writing Workshop this Saturday!

And the weather forecast is SUNNY, just as the leaves start to change colors.

We are re-sharing course details and the class description here, in case the writer in YOU is interested in spending a quiet weekend surrounded by trees and writers with ideas and support for one another….

Instructor: Maryann Ullmann
When: Saturday, September 15th
Time: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
$65   (With full and partial scholarships available for all writing levels!)

Slow down and savor words in a natural setting away from your screens. Reconnect to the elements, observe the world around you, and connect with other writers. Learn nature journaling techniques using all your senses, and reflect on your relationship with the natural world. Read, listen and discuss pieces from authors, poets, and science writers such as Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mary Oliver, Clare Walker Leslie, Charles Darwin, Rachel Carson, Winona LaDuke, and Richard Louv.

Register here, at Frequencywriters.org.

NEW Courses Announced & Open House!

So delighted to share Frequency Writers’ Fall 2018 classes! We strive to offer something for everyone. All levels and beginner-writers welcome:

Current Course Descriptions and Registration.

Frequency Writers Fall 2018 Open House

Come meet our fall session instructors and community members!


Instructors will briefly detail their upcoming class and read a bit of their own work. Light refreshments will be provided. This is a free event and those with little or no writing experience are welcome to attend!

Sunday, September 9 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Doors open at 6:30 @Ada Books: 717 Westminster St. Providence
Facebook event page.

A Look Behind the Scenes: Flash Fiction

Our Flash Fiction course, taught by Kristen Falso–Capaldi, is currently in session. Students have been working from photo prompts. Here’s a sneak peak at a prompt and the resulting flash fiction!

Thank you to student Amanda Blount for sharing her work with us.

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by Amanda Blount

Amy leaned forward and watched the hordes of people on the street below. The distance to the sidewalk caused her to step back. Everything was gray down there – the sidewalk, the doors, the sportcoats pulled over men’s heads, the rain rushing diagonally across their backs. She pulled her sweater around her.

Six months ago the sun had been so hot she would have done anything for rain. It’d taken her fifteen weeks to hike the length of New Mexico, and the heat had induced many moments of panic. She wasn’t in good enough shape for this, she’d tell herself. She was never going to make it. Tracking the mile markers calmed her, though.  Seventeen miles to the next town. Thirteen. Six. Every step closer to going home.

Today Amy felt the familiar panic creeping in. Only this time, she didn’t know how to stop it. She hugged her knees, picturing Mitchell. She wondered if he hated her. The morning she’d left for the trek, he’d stood awkwardly in their driveway, both fists full of the weeds he’d pulled to distract himself as she finished packing. She’d assured him the weeks would fly by. That she really needed this adventure before she could settle down. That image of him – in the driveway, clutching weeds – had made her smile months ago. These days she did everything she could not to conjure it.

A phone inside the apartment rang and she stood, her face catching drops of rain. She heard the second ring, and then the third. She knew she had to answer it when it rang, those were the rules.

She crossed the room and answered the phone, her voice raw. “This is,” she hesitated, “Catherine.” It was the first time she’d said it. The man on the other end asked her how she was settling in. She told him she was pretty lonely. He said it would get easier, suggested she adopt a pet. They hung up. Amy stared at the phone, wanting desperately to dial Mitchell’s number. Her heart raced.

During the trial, she’d asked what the relocation would be like. They’d said it would take time to adjust. They’d said that panic attacks were common early on.

Amy couldn’t breathe. She banged her fist on the counter, wishing like she had a thousand times before that she’d never met Carl. Hadn’t gone home with him. That she’d just gone back to California.  She wished he hadn’t been drunk, hadn’t told her about the shipment. She wished the cops hadn’t approached her. She wished he’d seen the wire and killed her right then and there.

Her hands shook. She tried to slow her breathing, loosen the tightness in her throat. She pictured the New Mexico highway. One million one hundred thousand miles to the next town. Through blurry eyes, she scanned the room. Finding the phonebook, she scanned the pages and picked up the phone.

“Hello? My name is… Catherine… I’m interested in adopting a cat.”

Flash Fiction Starts July 17th!


We will begin the course by reading a piece of “flash” fiction and discussing the use of story elements such as character’s wants/desires, conflict, character’s growth/change and resolution. We’ll also briefly discuss figurative language and author’s style. Each week, students will write one short piece of fiction with a maximum of 500 words.

By the end of the course, students will have generated 5-6 500-word fictional pieces.

Instructor: Kristen Falso-Capaldi
Dates: Tuesdays, July17th to August 7th
Times: 6:30 pm to 9:00pm

Register here!

Youth Class Offerings

With school out for the summer, there’s plenty of time to create! Even better than a summer vacation is the chance to use your imagination and learn clever skills that stay with you your whole life. Why not join a summer writing a workshop for teens?

Register today to save your spot.

Summer Youth Classes, for Grades 9 to 12:

“The Frequency Writers workshop made me a better writer and has given me a lot more creativity…. The teachers were nice and their teaching style was great. My favorite part of class would have to be the warm ups…. I am really happy to have been able to have been a part of these classes and I hope I can take another one again soon!

I liked the casual atmosphere and how helpful each workshop was in broadening horizons and making me think about things I hadn’t before. I’m proud that I wrote some poetry….! Yes, did. It was scary but I think it was a really good experience.”

— 2017 Frequency Writers youth student


Students read their hand-made books of their own creative writing at Providence Public Library for the previous Youth Frequency Writers Summer workshop Book City.

Creative Cartography
This course is for teens in grades 9-12 (exiting 12th is fine, too). Multilingual backgrounds welcome with proficient level of English.
“The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Maps can be used as devices for inspiration, brainstorming, exploration, or visual and spatial expression. Explore creative cartography, non-linear storytelling, and visual poetry as a means of discovery and communication. Create new worlds or navigate new paths and ways of seeing in existing ones. Map internal worlds, dreams, abstract ideas or physical landscapes. Explore characters and narratives as they journey through places and construct the shapes of their stories. This is an experimental, multi-genre, and multimedia class designed to liberate us from the limitations of laying down letters like marching ants across on the page and more fully inhabit the worlds of our stories.

Instructors: Maryann Ullmann & Eve Kerrigan                                                                                            This course is being sponsored by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities      
Dates: Mondays, July 9th to July 30th
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Facing Our Fears: Monsters, Myths & Fairy Tales  (ONLINE CLASS)
Are there monsters under your bed? Perhaps in your closet? Are there monsters that you have to face on a daily basis? This four week online class will explore the role of “monster” in fairy tales and , myths, and our everyday society. The multi-genre class will focus on the central questions: How do myths/fairy tales/folktales help society face our collective fears? We do we keep re-telling these stories? How does the re-telling keep the fear alive, or alternatively keep us safe? Students will complete at least two significant writing pieces with a large focus on revision and the workshopping process.

Instructor: Karen Haskell                                                                                                                                  This is a pilot course. We are charging 50% of our regular 4-week class fee.                             You must have a gmail account as this class utilizes google classroom.
Dates: July 14th to August 4th

Come Write to Live Music



Writing Sounds Lounge
with Kei Leon Cobb
Hosted and curated by Seth Tourjee

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Ada Books
$5-$10 suggested donation

Kei Leon Cobb is a Cape Verdean-American dance + sound artist grown in Bridgeport, CT /planted in Providence, RI. Their site-specific work calls upon technology and flesh to collect and render ambient /ancestral rhythms in an ongoing process of re: orientation.



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.

Who can attend?

ANYONE. This is a community event. You do not need music or writing experience to attend. There is a small suggested donation to support the musician and the program, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

What will happen?

You will make yourself comfortable in our space at Ada Books. You may choose to drink some coffee or tea. Relax, listen, and write as you are inspired to do so. You will not be asked to share your writing with anyone. After the musician finishes playing (after about 45 minutes), you can leave or choose to stay and discuss your experiences with the musician and each other.

Bring your preferred writing materials. You may also want to bring a yoga mat or blanket to make yourself comfortable on the floor. Chairs will also be available.


Frequency looks for ways to bridge writing with other art forms. The Rhode Island arts community is vast and we hope that this program will bring together writers, musicians, music lovers, writers-to-be, and anyone looking to enrich their Sunday mornings among friends.

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



Coffee generously provided by Blue State Coffee, April & May 2017

Student Spotlight: Nada Samih

Frequency is honored to feature the voices and writing of community members! Our Student Spotlights bring you the words of some of our inspired writers. If you would like to share your own thoughts, please email coordinator@frequencywriters.org.

The Writer

Nada Samih
Who are you as a writer?
I am a Palestinian American writer inspired by the relationship between personhood and place. I am interested in the slippery concept of home, local histories, and monster folklore.

Who are you when you aren’t writing?
When I am not writing I am finding troll bridges with my three kids (aged 6 months, 3 yrs, & 9 yrs), partner and parent village I’ve built over the years. I am also an English teacher and medicinal herb enthusiast.

To explore some of Nada’s writing and creative work, visit her blog: nowapproachingprovidence.wordpress.com.

The Writing Community

Which Frequency classes/events/anthologies have you joined?
My writing was featured in the “Missing Providence” anthology and I have been taking Frequency courses since 2014. Some of the more recent ones I took were: Urban Wildlife and Publishing Basics.

Which Frequency workshops stuck with you most, and why?
I took a writing course a couple years back taught my Seth Tourjee that blended and mixed genres, art forms, and methods. The readings, discussions and prompts encouraged me to build, break and rebuild my ideas in ways helped take my writing in different directions and break new ground. I often return to my writing from that course for inspiration.

How has being part of a writing community impacted your writing practice and life beyond the page?
Being part of a writing community has been extremely vital to my sense of self as an artist and has helped etch out a space for my practice even in the midst of the most challenging and time consuming aspects of raising a family. I am so grateful to have found a space post-MFA that has been sustainable, generative, and inspiring to my practice. My writing community has made it possible for me to make space for my emotional and mental health in ways that only tending to my writer-self can.

Who would you invite to join Frequency Writers?
Folks of all ages and writing experiences would benefit from joining Frequency Writers, but I want to send a special request to the parents and particularly other moms of color out there to join. The accessibility, availability of scholarships, variety of workshops, and amazing supportive instructors make it more than worth it to check out Frequency. Making time for yourself to think, read, write, and create are all acts of revolutionary self-love and therefore of the upmost importance for caregivers. No one can pour from an empty cup.

Poem-Production at PVD Fest: Success!




Thank you all who joined Frequency Writers at this past weekend’s PVD Fest extravaganza.

We enjoyed typewriting Poetry on Demand, and received such a growing list of poem requests that we will be wrapping up and sending out the poems yet to be collected. So good to know that many people appreciate and cherish the poems and possible poems in their day to day!

Special thanks to our volunteer writers, and those able to make donation-contributions. We loved featuring on-the-spot poetry by local writers:

MacKenzie Abernethy
Al Anderson
Jessica Kowal
Ehlayna Napolitano
Nate Vaccaro
Oliver Strand
Patrick Riedy
Rekha Rosha
Nate Vaccaroa
Rosalynde Vas Dias

If unable to attend but interested in contributing to Frequency, please visit our Support page, and learn about upcoming Writing Workshop on the Current Courses offerings page. Thank you all!