Think you’re ready to submit your work but not quite sure if it’s “there?” Come join writer and editor Amber Helt to learn how clean up your work for submissions. You’ll find out how to make your manuscript more marketable, how to craft an enticing book blurb, and more! Each participant will bring a sample…

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Join us for an afternoon of linguistic invention to help start getting words down on the page. Led by facilitator Joe Milazzo, you’ll choose from a huge array of creative writing prompts spanning multiple genres — poetry, fiction and nonfiction (essay) — and including approaches utilizing sound, figurative language, theme, character, setting, collaborative writing and…

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In this workshop, you’ll get to know your protagonist intimately, so you can accurately capture their voice and craft a more authentic story. In this workshop, you’ll map your character’s likes, dislikes, fears, interests, and more with the intent of finding out who they are. In addition to leaving with a character map, you’ll also…

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This workshop will explore as ekphrasis as a tool to discovery and increased poetic skill. Come prepared to generate work in response to visual art on display in the ArtSpace gallery. This workshop is suitable for all poets at all levels of experience. Objectives: Students will be able to… -Read and analyze poems inspired by…

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Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-six books including, most recently, Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L.E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press, 2018), Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions, 2018), Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse, 2018), Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019), Words Written Against the Walls of the City (LSU, 2019), and The…

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Margaret Allyson enjoyed a long career in publishing and is now happy to sleep late, work in the garden, faff around with textiles, play with food, and generally have a fine old time. She’s written books (nonfiction), songs (some pretty good), poems, and countless magazine articles. Margaret is basically a decent human being, and she’s glad…

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Bill Marvel is a lifelong journalist and writer, starting at the Rocky Mountain News in 1961; The National Observer, where he was art critic and senior arts editor from 1969 to 1977; and The Dallas Times Herald and The Dallas Morning News, where he was senior feature writer, until 2008.  His freelance work has appeared in…

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I settle into reading the menu at the Main Street Bakery in Grapevine waiting for Kathleen Rodgers.  She enters the cozy lit bistro, all energy and enthusiasm. We smile and hug, glad to see each other. The last time we met here was to plan our tribute/memorial service for a mutual dear friend, Drema Berkheimer who passed…

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Barbara Shinn is a retired pathologist who is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. She has long resided in Dallas, but it should be the Carolina coast. Pistachio is her favorite shade of ice cream. My sister says I remember nothing.Echoes of locker room ridicule,prom night solitude,the…

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