Playdate with Words
Thursdays; September 28, October 5, 12
8:00 am-6:00 pm

This class is about using playful techniques to inspire new writing. Working with external prompts we’ll make found poems, bricolage poems (a type of found poem using multiple sources), and use images and objects as inspiration, especially from art in the galleries. Students can expect to write during class and share work with one another. You will leave with several new poems started and creativity ignited.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Road, Fridley, Minnesota 55432
Registration: http://www.banfill-locke.org/classes/take-a-class/


Writing Peace Into Your Life
Saturday, November 11
1:00-5:00 pm

How do you hold light in the darkness? Can “peace” be such a light, and if so how? There are perhaps fewer words more used, for who does not want peace for themselves or the world? But what does peace actually look like?

Through writing we will consciously explore what peace is. Writing is a powerful tool for understanding ourselves and the world; writing can even change how we relate to both ourselves and the world. Participants will pull from their own craft toolkits of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction.

There will be something here for beginners and advanced alike. As writers and as concerned human beings we will use writing to make peace in our lives and the world not just a noun, but a verb. The workshop will include opportunities for writing, as well as readings, discussion, and guided meditation.

The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Registration: https://www.loft.org/classes/


 There is a great rush of air as the eagles fly from their perches, their great wings beating around your ears. You duck down and put your arms over your head, afraid that a wing will dash against your face.

from The Owl and the Fox Trap by Michael Kiesow Moore