Cleaver literary magazine may be based out of Philadelphia, but in keeping with their “international” status, their online workshops are open to all with internet access using both Zoom and Canvas platforms in synchronous and asynchronous modalities. Upcoming workshops include:
THE WRITE TIME for practice and inspiration Taught by Cleaver Editor Andrea Caswell
Take 10% off Carve’s peer group online classes! Learn on your own schedule how to improve your short stories through all original content. The Fundamentals class introduces how to use Character & Plot, Point of View, Dialogue, Inner Monologue, Description. The Techniques class introduces Use of Senses, Imagery, Metaphors & Similes, Rhythm & Pacing, and Threading. Visit website.
In addition to its quarterly thematic e-publication, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing also offers quarterly, donation-based online events featuring a different artist and artistic practice. Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 2:00-3:30 (EST) Toni Becker will host “The Art of Losing.” An intuitive, mixed media artist, healing art facilitator, and Reiki II practitioner, Becker will share her “experience with grief, the act and art of letting go through ritual, ceremony, and art that brings forth healing and a level of self-discovery.” She adds, “Grief is heavy but there is another side to it — one that will grace you with light and ease.” Visit the Snapdragon website for registration information.
Benefit from 10 rounds of intensive editing by an experienced editor on several of your short stories or essays and two one-on-one meetings. You may choose up to five stories or essays to work on through the course of the workshop. Deadlines are flexible and accommodate your schedule. Registration deadline: March 28, 2022. Visit website.
For pre-service, inservice, & veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature. For educators who want to support students and families by making classroom libraries and curriculum more inclusive-affirming of students’ intersecting identities. This monthly book group (January-June, 2022) is a place to ignite thoughtful conversation about young adult literature informed by Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz’s (2020) Six Components to Racial Literacy Development.
Your registration fee of $35 is a commitment to attend the conversations and for your PD certificate of 6 hours. You will buy from a store or reserve from your library the selected books. We will meet once a month via Zoom for an hour to discuss the texts, which will include extensions into ideas for sharing literature with students and studying of author’s craft. Respectful, invitational dialogue is expected of all participants.
We are going to read with a lens of what Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz named racial literacy development, which includes historical awareness of the forces that shape the society we live in along with critical humility or how we can “remain open to understanding the limits of our own worldviews & ideologies” and toward critical love or “a profound ethical commitment to caring.” We want to center love as transformative, recognizing harm but noticing the ways we heal and feel joy through young adult literature. Thus, our focus is on authors’ craft and celebrating beautifully crafted passages in the texts that represent intersecting identities.
Here is the book list. Notice, there are several verse novels listed in April, so you can choose any or all. Again, it will be up to you to acquire these books in the medium you prefer. We hope you will consider your local library and/or a local Black-owned bookstore. All meetings are Sundays, 6:00-7:00pm CT.
Event Dates: January 10-15, 2022 Event Location: Virtual 18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 10-15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. One-On-One Conferences with Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. A special Craft Talk by Kwame Dawes, Special Guest Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-Large, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. To find out more, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Individual event tickets as well as full conference packages still available.
CARVE has announced their upcoming 2022 schedule of online classes.
Short Story Writing: Fundamentals consists of five lessons on Character & Plot, Point of View, Dialogue, Inner Monologe, and Description. The course runs for 6 weeks. Available dates are January 3 – February 13, March 28 – May 8, June 20 – July 31, and September 12 – October 23.
Short Story Writing: Techniques is also a 6-week course comprised of 5 lessons on Use of Senses, Imagery, Metaphors & Similies, Rhythm & Pacing, and Threading. Available dates are February 14 – March 27, May 9 – June 19, August 1 – September 11, and October 24 – December 4.
Each class needs to have at least five students and there will be weekly deadlines to completed writing exercises and provide peer feedback. There is no instructor feedback for these courses.
18th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival is taking place January 10-15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. One-On-One Conferences with Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso Torres. A special Craft Talk by Kwame Dawes, Special Guest Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-Large, Aimee Nezhukumatathil. To find out more, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. There’s still time to purchase tickets to individual events and apply for a one-on-one conference!