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Teen Writers Workshops (Zoom)

Teen Writers Workshops
Mondays 7-8:30: July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24

Teen Writers Workshops facilitated by Carrie George will be informal, respectful gatherings for writing and creative expression. All experience levels welcome. Teens only, please.

Register one time here for the Zoom meeting room,  attend any number of workshops. Is this your first Zoom call? Here’s a quick and easy tutorial.

Meet the teaching artist: Carrie George is a poet, photographer, and MFA candidate at the Northeast Ohio MFA program. She is the current graduate fellow for the Wick Poetry Center in Kent, OH, where she teaches poetry in local schools and various community programs.

Writing Workshop: Personal Narrative as Resistance

Putting the “I’s’ in Activism: Personal Narrative as a Form of Transformative Resistance

Sharing stories is one of the most fundamental means of communication. In 2020, our reliance on connecting through personal narratives is as strong as ever as we continue to use various social media platforms to share our stories with the world. Speaking out about social injustice is proving to be a powerful way to expose oppressive power dynamics and motivate change. Channeling our experiences into compelling narratives that inspire dialogue helps to heighten our awareness of the complex social issues that plague our communities. In this workshop we will focus on crafting strong, personal narratives about injustice as a form of transformative resistance, with the suggestion that sharing these narratives with your community can be a powerful tool in combating social justice issues. Continue reading

Registration is open for the Fall Literary Festival

The 4th annual Fall Literary Festival Sept. 24-26… all online. What will we miss? Hugs. kristinavogelSpontaneous conversations. Jazz. Cake. But we’ll do our best to create a welcoming, interesting and enjoyable conference. This year’s visiting writers and presenters are outstanding, with a range of topics, genres and styles.
Take a look at the conference lineup here. We’ve included audio clips of some of our presenters.

Who will enjoy the conference? Readers and writers of any experience level who are comfortable with adult themes. We have a special price for graduate students and part-time faculty, and this year we’re making it easy for faculty to bring their whole college or high school class.

Playwriting Workshop: The Power of Ten

The Power of Ten

82234858_1564294787042229_6689842761056649216_oGoogle the question “What can you do in 10 minutes” and you’ll get suggestions from vacuuming a single room to matching socks to cleaning out a junk drawer. In this class, students will read, discuss and write a ten-minute play. It will take students more than ten minutes to write it (4 weeks to be exact) but the performance of the piece will land right in that ten-minute sweet spot. Students will be invited to read or perform their final works.

The Power of Ten: a Playwriting Workshop. Wednesdays, July 8-29, 5:30-6:45 p.m., on Zoom. Is this your first Zoom call? Click here to watch a brief tutorial.
Two registrations: Zoom here and Lit Youngstown here by July 6. Course fee is $25 (or pay as you are able). Please click here to pay via Paypal or credit card or mail a check payable to Lit Youngstown/323 Wick Ave. #9/Youngstown 44503. Thank you!

Meet the Teaching Artist: Kelly Bancroft’s plays have been produced in Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Cleveland. She earned an MFA from the NEOMFA program at YSU. She is also a poet and prose writer. A short documentary she co-produced based on one of her plays was a selection of the Cleveland International Film Festival.

Workshop: Writing a Strong Humanities Graduate School Application

82234858_1564294787042229_6689842761056649216_oWriting a Strong Humanities Graduate School Application

Applying to graduate school in the humanities is confusing and, let’s face it, until you actually have to write these documents, most people have never even heard of them. This class will focus on learning to craft effective personal statements (and other documents) for applying to graduate school.

Writing a Strong Humanities Graduate School Application. Saturday, June 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m., on Zoom. Please register twice by June 19: here for Lit Youngstown and here for access to Zoom. Course fee is $15 (or pay as you are able). Please click here to pay via Paypal or credit card or mail a check payable to Lit Youngstown/323 Wick Ave. #9/Youngstown 44503. Thank you!

Meet the Instructor: Dr. Laura Beadling earned her Ph.D in American Studies from Purdue University and has taught at YSU in the English Department since 2013, where she is currently an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies. She has served on committees that deal with graduate students in a number of capacities.

Have a Class or Workshop Idea?

Lityo-storyLit Youngstown seeks workshop ideas for July through the end of the year.

We pay $250 for a 5-6 week workshop or $150 for a half day “short.” Our participants vary, from emerging to experienced writers, teens to retired adults, working in a variety of genres. We are seeking workshops on general and specific themes, open to all genres or genre-specific.

Please submit your workshop proposal here. If your idea doesn’t fit the form, use the “Anything else we need to know” box to share your thoughts.

Workshop: Writing as the Character in Poetry

Writing as the Character in Poetry

Whether humorous, intense, dramatic, or morbid, poets use persona as the speaker in poems to bring the reader into an imagined experience, new take on a story, or an entirely new world. The workshop will help to develop a strong sense of imagined-self in poetic characters with techniques lent from fiction and acting to open the imagination and create the strongest personas possible. This is a fun, generative workshops. Writers will go home with at least six new pieces. Writers of all genre are welcome!

Writing as the Character in Poetry. Teens & Adults. All experience levels welcome. Saturday, May 2, 1:00-4:00, St. John’s Episcopal Church,  323 Wick Ave. Course fee: $15 (collected at workshop). Need-based scholarships are available. Register here by April 19. If we are unable to meet in person, this workshop will take place on Zoom.

Meet the teaching artist: Jessica Fischoff is the Editor and Owner of [PANK], Editor and Owner of American Poetry Journal, author of the little book of poems, The Desperate Measure of Undoing (Across the Margin, 2019) and Editor of the upcoming Pittsburgh Anthology (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2020). Her thoughts on editing appear in Best American Poetry and The Kenyon Review. Her writing appears in Diode Poetry Journal, Fjords Review, The Southampton Review, Yemassee, and Prelude.

Carpool to Winter Writing Festival in Ravenna Saturday, February 22

https _cdn.evbuc.com_images_73258689_282193781092_2_originalThe 2nd Annual Winter Writing Festival planning is underway and NEW this year is an Speaker Series featuring Kent native Jason Prufer who authored: “Small Town, Big Music” and Award winning Author Angela Johnson! Writing workshops will be scheduled at locations all around town, The WICK Poetry Center from KSU will again be leading a poetry slam, a Story Walk is being planned and more! Register here. Like to carpool with Lit Youngstown? Send us a note: LitYoungstown@gmail.com.