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WRITING WORKSHOPS AT HQ


POETRY: Discovering the Healing Power of Voice on the Page & the Stage: An All-Levels Poetry Writing and Performance Workshop

Instructor: Barbara Fant
Length: 6 weeks with a reading event the 7th week (Sunday class dates = 2/2/2020 – 3/8/2020)
Meeting times: Sundays, 4-5:30pm
Start date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Capacity: 12 seats
Cost: $175 Early-bird (through 1/22/2020); $225 Regular
Description: Open to all levels of experience. This six-week poetry and performance workshop will explore the power of finding your own voice, the art of writing about joy, grief, and how poets use their writing to heal mentally and emotionally. Through readings, poetry exercises, and discussion, we will explore craft, poetic tools and forms, and create original poems. Using the work of contemporary writers, including Patricia Smith, Ada Limón, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Vievee Francis, Ross Gay, William Evans, and more, we will develop language and tools to shape our own work. Four weeks will be focused on writing and the last two weeks will focus on how poems and voice translate onto the stage. These two weeks will be designed to help you get comfortable in front of a live audience! The entire six-weeks will culminate into a live poetry reading at Two Dollar Radio, open to the public, with our workshop group as the featured readers!
A limited number of scholarships are available. Apply for a scholarship.

barbara-fant-for-web.jpgBARBARA FANT has been writing and performing for 13 years. She has represented Columbus, OH in 9 National Poetry Slam competitions and placed 8th out of 96 poets in the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is a 2014 graduate of the Lincoln Theatre Incubation program, a TEDx speaker, a GCAC Columbus Makes Art Campaign artist, and a 2017 Columbus Alive People to Watch. She is the author of one poetry collection, several chapbooks, and the co-author of two stage productions. She has been commissioned by over ten national organizations and has received residencies in Idyllwild, California and Havana, Cuba. She holds a BA in Literature, a Masters in Theological Studies, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry. The founder of Bloom Barb Fant, LLC, she teaches poetry at Transit Arts and in correctional institutions. Barbara believes in the transformative power of art and considers poetry her ministry.

Links: BarbaraFant.com / Columbus Makes Art story


WRITING ABOUT TRAUMA AND LOSS

Instructor: Eliza Smith
Length: 6 weeks (Monday class dates = 1/13/2020 – 2/10/2020)
Meeting times: Mondays, 6:30–8pm
Start date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Capacity: 12 seats
Cost: $175 Early-bird (through 12/31/2020); $225 Regular
Description: “When I sit down to write literary writing about my trauma, I am a writer first, and a trauma survivor second, but I am not ever not a trauma survivor, and as such, I am often interested in examining the roots and effects of my own trauma.” —Kelly Sundberg

Open to all levels of experience. In this six-week course, we’ll discuss performing the “heart-work,” in Melissa Febos’s words, of crafting essay and memoir about moments of trauma and loss. How do we make narrative sense of events that don’t make sense, or of which we have only fragmented memories? How do we own our stories without handing over more than we want to? What strategies might help us step in and out of the work without carrying it with us?

Drawing on contemporary work, we’ll study the authors’ form and craft choices, which might open doors for our own writing, as well as how they handled writing about others and to a public audience. We’ll also share and respond to each other’s work in weeks 4 and 5 (participation is optional). Week 6 will conclude with a one-on-one meeting with the instructor.  

A limited number of scholarships are available. Apply for a scholarship.

eliza-smith.jpgELIZA SMITH's essays have appeared in The Offing, Essay Daily, Indiana Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere, and have been awarded the Penelope Niven Award and Pinch Literary Award. She has an MA in magazine writing from the Missouri School of Journalism and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Ohio State. She’s currently working on Pretty Houses, a memoir about womanhood, loss, and power told through four generations of her matrilineal line.


ADVANCED FICTION WORKSHOP

Instructor: Annie McGreevy
Length: 6 weeks (Monday class dates = 3/2/2020 – 4/6/2020)
Meeting times: Mondays, 6:30–8pm
Start date: Monday, March 2, 2020
Capacity: 12 seats
Cost: $175 Early-bird (through 1/31/2020); $225 Regular
Description: Open to all levels of experience. This six-week fiction workshop will focus on sharing and work-shopping short stories and excerpts from longer works. We'll read one another's work and provide thoughtful, incisive feedback. Through exercises and discussion, you'll learn tools for revision and taking a project through many stages. For this course, you should be available to do approximately 1-2 hours of homework most weeks.
A limited number of scholarships are available. Apply for a scholarship.

annie-mcgreevy-smaller.jpgANNIE MCGREEVY received her MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University in 2010. She is the author of the novella Ciao, Suerte, from Nouvella Books, and her writing has appeared in The Portland ReviewElectric LiteratureSTORY magazine, Shouts and Murmurs, and elsewhere. 


Please note that the Writing Workshops held at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters are unaffiliated with the publishing company Two Dollar Radio, and its editors.


PREVIOUSLY OFFERED WORKSHOPS

THE CRAFT OF SHORT FICTION

Instructor: Annie McGreevy
Length: 4 weeks (Monday class dates = 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18)
Meeting times: Mondays, 6:30–8pm
Start date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Capacity: 12 seats
Cost: $125 Early-bird (through 10/16/2019); $175 Regular
Description: Open to all levels of experience. This four week generative fiction workshop will explore the building blocks of drama, point of view, and world building. We'll read stories and explore what moves us, and through exercises, readings, and discussion, you'll learn how to use the tools in the "fiction writers' toolbox." You'll leave the class with a draft of a story, along with valuable feedback, while learning how to be an editor for yourself. 
A limited number of scholarships are available. Apply for a scholarship.

annie-mcgreevy-smaller.jpgANNIE MCGREEVY received her MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University in 2010. She is the author of the novella Ciao, Suerte, from Nouvella Books, and her writing has appeared in The Portland ReviewElectric LiteratureSTORY magazine, Shouts and Murmurs, and elsewhere. 


CRAFTING PERSONAL ESSAYS

Instructor: Eliza Smith
Length: 4 weeks
Meeting times: Sundays, 4–5:30pm
Start date: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Capacity: 12 seats
Cost: $125 Early-bird; $175 Regular
Description: Open to all levels of experience. In this four-week generative workshop, we’ll explore the possibilities of personal essays and experiment with drafting our own. Through readings, writing exercises, and discussion, we’ll study craft choices; think about issues of truth, perspective, and memory; and engage with the complexities of writing about ourselves and others.

Eliza Smith

ELIZA SMITH’s essays have appeared in The OffingEssay DailyIndiana ReviewThe Pinch, and elsewhere. She has an MA in magazine writing from the Missouri School of Journalism and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Ohio State.


FEELING OUT POETRY: AN ALL-LEVELS GENERATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Instructor: Eloisa Amezcua
Length: 4 weeks
Meeting times: Mondays, 6:30–8pm
Start date: Monday, September 9, 2019
Capacity: 12 seats
Cost: $125 Early-bird; $175 Regular
Description: Open to all levels of experience. This four-week poetry workshop uses contemporary poems as guides into generative writing prompts. As we read work by some of today's most compelling writers, including Mary Szybist, Fatimah Asghar, Joy Harjo, Ada Limón, Jamaal May, and more, our discussions will help shape the vocabulary through which we create original pieces. We will also discuss poetic forms and the tools of revision along the way as we push the boundaries of what a poem is and can become.

Eloisa Amezcua by Chris CheneyELOISA AMEZCUA is from Arizona. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published in New York Times MagazinePoetry MagazineKenyon ReviewGulf Coast, and others. Eloisa is the founder of Costura Creative and lives in Columbus, OH. 


Please note that the Writing Workshops held at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters are unaffiliated with the publishing company Two Dollar Radio, and its editors.