Writing the Root!

Writing the Root: A one day studio course

Winter is the time to write inward rather than outward, to draw on what we’ve already gathered, to keep warm and close to home and dream. In this one-day workshop, we’ll work on writing that divines what sustains us through dark times; through poetry and prose exercises, both intuitive and formal, and some visualizations and tactile exercises, we’ll identify our resources and storehouses, our shelters and our warm cores. For shivering writers in any genre; poets should be prepared to try a little prose, and vice versa.

INSTRUCTOR: Kate Schapira
DATE: Sunday, February 8, 2015
TIME: 10am-2pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street
Tuition: Sliding scale $25-$55
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RIVER OF WORDS

Underwater-Sculpture-BREEF Come to the Providence Athenaeum THIS Sunday November 23rd, 11am-12pm for a writing workshop! We will talk craft, look at the ways water and writing intersect, respond to a few prompts, and then share the products. This event is casual with cookies. This event is FREE to all!

Calling all wild ones

Wasn’t Ted Hughes known as “the wild poet”? Certainly his hair is just what our mind might conjure at the term…

But we’re gearing up for a different kind of wildness in January. It’s the Poetry & the Wilderness/Wildness 6-week workshop, and we’re welcoming people with ALL KINDS OF HAIR. AND NO HAIR.

We prefer to think of Thoreau’s internal howling wilderness, which “does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.”

Come join us for six weeks of writing guided by the wonderful teacher Anna Catone and her pantheon of wild and wilderly poets:

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9pm from Jan. 23 to Feb. 27 (6 weeks)
Location: Ada Books 

More info.

We’ve had poet, teacher, and editor Anna Catone lead a few Frequency studios in the past– 

and we always leave with armfuls of poem-drafts and great readings.

We asked Anna, “So why do you want to lead a poetry-writing workshop built around the idea of wilderness/wildness?”

She replied with a quote from John Hay:
“What is it that we’re missing? I think we have an essential wildness in us that is too often stifled. That wildness builds up in us and becomes dark because we ignore it–when we go into nature, we are looking for a release, a dialogue….We are searching for a match for that wildness inside us in the wild land… And in the wild sea, of course.”

-From David Gessner’s book about Hay, The Prophet of Dry Hill: Lessons From a Life in Nature

All are welcome in this workshop—the greenhorn and the weathered woodsmen, the outdoorsy and the city dweller alike!

Spring courses!

The Writer’s Notebook
This workshop is open to writers of all genres as well as visual artists (everyone!) We will indulge in notebooks by other writers as we expand our own raw scribblings. Read more.
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00, April 3rd – May 22nd Location: 186 Carpenter Street, Providence
Instructor: Liz Howort
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Open Poetry Workshop
In her Nobel speech, Wislawa Szymborska said that poets must keep repeating “I don’t know,” and that out of that confusion, dissatisfaction, and curiosity can come great poems. We’ll spend this session reading great poetry and drafting new work. Read more.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:00, April 12th – June 14th Location: 50 Orchard Avenue, Providence
Instructor: Darcie Dennigan
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Leave Nothing (& Everything) to Chance: A Poetry Revision Workshop
Revising poems is as creatively demanding and consuming as writing a first draft. In this four-week revision intensive course, we’ll look at the sometimes drastically altered drafts of famous poems and try out a multitude of revision experiments. Read more.
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00, May 9, 16, 23, 30. Location: Providence
Instructor: Darcie Dennigan
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