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.
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.
The 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.
We had a great time with you, Campers! Thanks to all who came out, and to our planning committee, volunteers, session leaders and funders. Also to our hosts, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning Valley. Here are some pics from the day.
We published our 2019 Annual Report! Thanks to all–you put the light in Lit Youngstown. There were so many to thank, our hearts are full. We hope we haven’t forgotten anyone, but if we did, please let us know.
“Cinema of the Mind” — Flash Fiction Through the Camera’s Lens
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and teacher Robert Olen Butler teaches a moment-by-moment method of writing fiction that shares many similarities with the medium of film. We will learn how to take two of the most important elements of all fiction—desire and emotion—and create compelling flash fiction and short stories using Butler’s “Cinema of the Mind.” We will practice with such flash forms as Triptychs and numbered list flashes since they work well with brief, focused scenes.
“Cinema of the Mind” — Flash Fiction Through the Camera’s Lens. Teens & Adults. All experience levels welcome.Saturday, March 7, 9:00 a.m.-noon, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. Course fee: $15 (collected at workshop). Need-based scholarships are available. Registration deadline March 1.Continue reading →
This workshop will follow the model of visual and literary artist Janet Malcolm’s autobiographical article for the New Yorker, inspired by photographs of her past. The first session will include a discussion about the article and writing prompts to get started. Over the next six weeks, participants will write and workshop brief autobiographical “sketches” based on 5-6 personal photos.
Glimpses of My Past: A 7-Week Memoir Workshop. Teens & Adults. All experience levels welcome.Tuesdays, May 12-June 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. Course fee: $25 (pay at first workshop). Need-based scholarships are available. Continue reading →
Five years! It’s gone by in a flash. Let’s take a moment to celebrate all we’ve done together. And then let’s have a party!
Jeffrey Murphy, Laura Grace Weldon, Jeanne Bryner & David Lee Garrison at the dedication of the Words Made Visible poetry-in-sidewalk squares
Since January of 2015 we have hosted nearly 400 writers, celebrating local talent and visiting writers who have won prestigious awards. Local writers from age 6 to their 80s have shared poems and stories at open mics. (Photos: Mary Biddinger & Mary Quade, Lena Carson, Yahia Tahat, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jimmy Sutman, Marjorie Maddox)Continue reading →
Plans are underway for the 3rd annual Winter Writing Camp! This free, all day writing workshop for all ages and experience levels will take place Saturday, February 8 from 9:30 to 4:00. Registration will open in January!
“Show, Don’t Tell” but also “Less is More”: Using Scene and Summary in Short Story Writing
Most narratives rely on plot to engage readers, and most plots rely on scenes in order to create a solid structure. Scenes can control the pace of a story and introduce character development. However, while scene is very powerful, there is another tool writers can use: summary. Summary can be used in place of scene to accomplish many of the same things, but summary can also be used to influence characters within the story, or the readers themselves.Continue reading →