Lostintheletters hosts free writing workshops designed and taught by some of the country’s most exciting contemporary writers. Workshops are always free. Check out our past workshops below. Learn about upcoming workshops by signing up for our mailing list or following us on social media.
An Introduction to Experimental Poetry Practice: Carrie Lorig
Turning to the poem is not a craft. It is not a technique. It is also a living.
This is a workshop about the poem and the proliferation of its unimaginable texture, the proliferation of its unfathomable length. This is a workshop about the poem / its bold life. What we face when we write: A bold life.
Here, we will discuss how to begin to consider the expansive movement of the poem outside of the left aligned box, outside of regimented form and image. Here, a poem creates its laws / its order / its music / its blood as it gathers, carefully and sensitively, all that surrounds it. A poem can trust you more than the canon. A poem can trust grief, love, the notes your body takes, and your difficult thinking more than the canon. Here, a poem is created on the page but is also created off it, through activity and an intense attention to the possible.
Evocative Playwriting: Clinnesha D. Sibley
Do you have a story to share? What if your life were a play? This workshop focuses on process, risk-taking, and finding one’s own voice and vision. Participants will practice creating dialogue and action by way of their own personal narratives and guided exercises. Playwriting will become a means to explore identity and the fundamental issues of human existence. Open to writers of all identities and walks of life.
Honing Political Voice in Poetry: Amanda Johnston
What makes a poem political? What's at stake when writing about (or avoiding) subjects that might be considered political? This workshop will address those questions and more by examining poems that witness with a whisper and push back with a fist. Participants will create new work that adds to the poetic political landscape. Emerging and experienced writers welcome.
Paths to Publishing: S. Whitney Holmes
Paths to Publishing, focuses on elements of professional development for creative writers to research, approach, navigate avenues for one's work to be published. Through lecture, group workshopping, writing exercises and a "You Be the Editor" section, S. Whitney Holmes will provide in-depth and practical information for writers of all levels to work towards publication of various levels.
Turning Life Experiences Into Fiction: Dr. John Holmes
A workshop focusing on turning life experience into short fiction, with attention to inspiration and process, as well as to specific narrative techniques for rendering what we know into imaginative literature. The workshop will involve onsite writing.