As a teaching artist in the Austin community, I work for/with organizations and offer workshops and series in various creative writing and cultural arts genres for youth and adults. I can plan and facilitate workshops both in-person and virtually (on Zoom, Google Meetings and Webex as needed). If you would like to book me to lead one of the following workshops, please go to the contact page and fill out your information. I will generally get back to you within the week. I am also happy to create a workshop that is responsive to your organization or community’s needs.
Workshops for Adults
Reconnecting to the Body workshop-a 6-week online workshop hosted by Austin Bat Cave on Wednesdays from March 31st-May 5th, 2021 from 6:30-8:30pm. Register here.
The body carries our stories, but sometimes delving into these stories can be difficult and painful to navigate. We have to engage in acts of radical and deep reflection to fully embody and write about the traumas, beauty, pain and healing that our bodies are capable of holding. This online workshop will ask you to engage in these acts of radical reflection in order to explore your relationships to the body through free writing, memoir and poetry. We will explore how writers embody their experiences through poetry and prose by studying contemporary poets and writers who are engaging with discussions about the body and chronic illness, pain, trauma and healing. Participants will be given the opportunity to generate new work as well as to engage with their own work (or ideas) in progress. This workshop will also help participants to engage more deeply with their writing and to learn how to effectively respond to and critique the work of their peers.
Honoring Our Origin Stories
In this writer’s workshop, participants will read short pieces about the importance of honoring our ancestors and their influence on our current lives. They will respond to a prompt related to the readings as they address their ancestors and their hopes for their futures and will have the option to share their work at the end of the workshop.
Crafting persona: Creating Strong Voices for Historic Pieces
When crafting stories and narrative poems, creating compelling characters and voices is vital to bringing the reader into the story’s world. Writing in the voice of a historical character can add an even bigger challenge to creating your character’s persona in ways that are authentic and emotionally true to the story you are endeavoring to tell. In this workshop, we would discuss: The challenges associated with writing personas with the added weight of historical realities or biographies, how to write historical characters that are authentic and interesting, juggling historical settings, facts and dialogue with your original storytelling, and much more. We would also read poems and novel excerpts as mentor to show the range of possibilities when creating engaging personas.
Workshops for Youth
In addition, I can facilitate workshops for youth on the following topics:
Intro to Zine-making Workshop: This workshop will introduce creators to what zines are, an overview of zine history in the US, examples of my favorite zines as well as local Texas zine culture and will provide space for participants to make their own mini-zines, either individually or collaboratively.