The Writing Room offers a variety of affordable, cost- effective workshops for writers of all levels. The goal is to provide quality learning through a balance of craft discussions, writing exercises and feedback from professionally published writers who also have teaching experience.


Winter 2017 Workshops

February

Instructor: David Bernardy

Class name: Arts & Letters: Exploring Ekphrastic Writing
Class Sessions: Four (4) consecutive two-hour classes
Class time: 10:00am - 12:00noon
Class dates: Saturdays, February 4, 18, 25 & a Saturday in early March, TBD
Location: Palmetto Café, Hughes Main Library & walk to Greenville County Museum of Art
Class minimum 4 students, class maximum 12 students

 


Ekphrastic writing takes its inspiration from other art forms, traditionally visual arts.  An ekphrastic piece attempts to capture something of the experience of the artwork which inspires it while transcending it at the same time. In this class, we will explore ekphrastic writing and play with the relationship between writing and visuals.  This will be an Open-Genre class, meaning we will have some exercises geared towards poetry, some towards fiction, some towards memoir and creative essay. 

Bio: David Bernardy is a writer and an artist living in Greenville.  He earned an MFA and PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He's taught literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, the University of Minnesota, Hamline University, North Carolina State University and Furman University.  His writing has appeared in River City, Brevity, Terrain and Cite.  His illustrations have appeared in Highlights for Children.  Visit his illustration website at www.davidbernardy.com

To read the entire class description and to sign-up for this workshop, click on the link below. 


Spring 2017 Workshops

March 2017

Instructor: Sarah Blackman
Class nameWriting New Myths- Multi-Genre Writing Sourced from Folk and Fairytales
Class sessions: Four (4) consecutive two-hour classes
Class time:  TBA
Class dates:  Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16 and 23 (2017)
Location: Downtown Greenville, TBA
Class minimum 4 students, class maximum 20 students

Any child can tell you that the stories you hear first, the ones your mother reads to you in the dark as you are falling asleep, are the ones that capture and shape your imagination. Whether we are pricking our finger on a rose, begging a golden ball from the webbed hands of a frog, or sleeping tucked snugly in our thimble, the folk and fairy tales of our childhood can become potent symbols in, metaphors of or blueprints for the writing we do in our adult years. In this group of four generative workshops, we will read poems, prose and creative non-fiction from the likes of Kate Bernheimer, Kelly Link, Brigit Pegeen Kelly and Georges Chateau-Reynaud, among others, that reiterates, respeaks, reimagines or rewrites an older story from the folk or fairy realm. Then, we will try our hand at doing the same through a series of instructor led exercises that will help each student build their own fairy tale project.

Bio: Sarah Blackman has been the Director of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center since 2008. She is the co-fiction editor of DIAGRAM, the online magazine of experimental fiction, poetry and schematics, and the founding editor of Crashtest, an arts and literary magazine for high school age teens. Her poetry and fiction has been published or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Oxford American, the Missouri Review, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review and The Georgia Review, among other journals, and has been anthologized in Poets Against the War Anthology, Best New American Voices, 2006, Metawritings; Toward a Theory of Nonfiction, and xoOrpheus: Fifty New Myths which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2014. Her short story collection Mother Box and Other Tales was the winner of the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award in 2012 and was published by Fc2 in 2013. Her novel, HEX, was published by the same press in 2016.

To read the entire class description and to sign-up for this workshop, click the link below.


April 2017

Instructor: Mamie Morgan
Class name:  I, Too, Dislike It: A Re-Visioning of the Role(s) of Female Voice(s) In Poetry
Class sessions: Four (4) consecutive two-hour classes
Class time:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Class dates:  Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 (2017)
Location: SC Governor's School for the Arts & The Community Tap for the final class
Class minimum 8 students, class maximum 12 students

 

We might easily refer to them as women poets. The term, after all, is correct. But it’s also one that has historically implied a singularity to the feminine experience, a solitary allotted table at the art-party around which all ladies might gather. In our four-week course we will traverse the work of these writers in order to appreciate a wider range of voice, perspective: witness, pop-culturalist, musician, activist, cartographer, academic, mother, horticulturalist, comic, daughter, director, survivor. Utilizing the lenses of various perspectives will sophisticate our views regarding craft, communication, what we intend to say and do, change and preserve, in our art and environments. Students participate in workshop and will complete a small portfolio of 4-6 polished poems. 

Bio: Mamie Morgan completed her BA in English and Religious Studies from Wofford College and received her MFA in Poetry from UNC Wilmington. Her work has appeared in Smartish Pace, Oxford American, Cimarron, Carolina Quarterly, Inkwell, The Greensboro Review, and elsewhere. 2016 marks her eleventh year teaching poetry at South Carolina’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She can most often be found at the mercy of her only child, a pitbull named Henrietta Modine.  

To read the entire class description and to sign-up for this workshop, click on the link below.