Please join us for the free Creative Writing Workshop on Saturday, November 18th, 2017. The event will begin at 9:30 am in Lawrence Auditorium. For information about the workshops see under the registration. Hosted by the office of graduate Creative Writing.
9:30-11 Tuning the Muse: This workshop will warm up your poetic vocal cords on the page through drawing, free-writing, and mind-mapping. Students will be led through a series of introspective and generative writing exercises inspired by poets Toi Derricotte, Yusef Komunyakaa, Audre Lorde, and Tim Seibles. You’ll leave with plenty of raw material for new poems and other creative projects.
Yolanda Wisher Bio: Yolanda Wisher is the 2016-17 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. A 2015 Pew Fellow, Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013). Wisher performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters, and her work has been featured in a variety of media including GOOD Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Contemporary Black Canvas, Ploughshares, Radio Times, and CBC Radio. Wisher has led workshops and curated events in partnership with The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rosenbach Museum and Library, Thomas Jefferson University, and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. In April 2017, she organized the first pop-up poetry festival in Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station in collaboration with Amtrak and Philadelphia Contemporary.
11:30-1 Writing to Save the World: Fiction as an Act of Love: Writing can feel like a solitary endeavor, fraught with rejection. If you write from a place of ego, you can quickly lose hope. There is another path. At its core, writing is communication. The first stories were told around campfires, creating connections between people. We live in a world teetering on the edge of extinction, and the last thing it needs is another celebrity. Our world needs powerful voices that evoke compassion and action. In this workshop, we will explore samples of great fiction that was written from the place of love and participate in exercises designed to shape characters born of generosity
Bio:Tawni Waters’ debut novel, Beauty of the Broken, was released by Simon and Schuster in 2014. In addition to winning the prestigious International Literacy Association’s Award for Young Adult Literature, it won the Housatonic Book Award, was named an exceptional book of 2015 by the Children’s Book Council, was shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award, and was included on the Kansas State Reading Circle List. It is being adapted for the screen by Jeff Arch, the screenwriter best known for writing Sleepless in Seattle. Her second novel, The Long Ride Home, was released by Sourcebooks Fire in September 2017 to glowing reviews. She is the author of two poetry collections: Siren Song (Burlesque Press) and So Speak the Stars (forthcoming). Her work was anthologized in Best Travel Writing 2010, The Soul of a Great Traveler, and Monday Nights, and has been published in myriad journals and magazines. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans and teaches creative writing at various universities and writers retreats throughout the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. In her spare time she talks to angels, humanely evicts spiders from her floorboards, and plays Magdalene to a minor rock god.