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.
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.
The McDonough Museum and Lit Youngstown will host two ekphrastic (art-from-art) writing workshops and a reading by workshop participants. The workshops and readings are free and open to the public, and registration is not required. Please bring a notebook, electronic device or your favorite writing tools.
The writing workshops, part of the Scribe literary collaborative, will take place at the McDonough Museum of Art, 525 Wick Ave., Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 to noon and/or Thursday, April 2 from 5:30 to 7:00, and the reading Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 to 7:00. Parking is available for $5.00 at the YSU deck or free at St. John’s Episcopal Church. 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 →
“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 →
TheFlash Fictionworkshop will focus on experimentation and practice of flash fiction forms as well as the questions—what is flash fiction, how is its power achieved? During this five-week course students will examine and write stories that fall into five flash fiction categories: flash fiction (1000-1500); sudden flash fiction (750 words); microfiction (100 words); the six-word story; and the final class will be on marketing.There will be reading and writing assignments in and outside of class.Continue reading →
Now more than ever, it is vital for writers of the Rust Belt to represent our sense of place with passion and insight. As politicians, commentators and the entertainment elite try to define us for their own purposes, we must observe and project the reality of our communities and the lives we live here. In this workshop, we will discuss techniques for writing about place, with an emphasis on the postindustrial landscape of Northeast Ohio. The session will include a writing exercise; participants should bring a notebook or laptop.
The Hard Way On Purpose: Friday, August 18, 3:00-4:30, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. Course fee: $15. Register here.
Meet the Teaching Artist: David Giffels is the author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt (Scribner 2014), nominated for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the memoir All the Way Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2008), winner of the Ohioana Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic.com, Parade, the Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, Grantland.com, Redbook, and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is an associate professor of English at University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.
Is there a road you didn’t travel? Thinking about writing the family story? Looking for advice on the nuts and bolts of editing prose? And who told you not to copy, anyway? Get your creative on in one of our spring workshops.
The Hubbard Public Library is taking part in the One Book/One Community project, encouraging library patrons to read bestseller Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, Jr., the book that inspired the movie October Sky.
Lit Youngstown writers Liz Hill and Karen Schubert will offer a memoir writing workshop for teens and another for adults on Thursday, October 15.
For more information on the book and events at local participating libraries: