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Center for Poets and Writers Workshops

Tell your stories. Write a screenplay. Sculpt your poetry. The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa has a noncredit workshop led by an award-winning creative professional to guide you to achieving any of these goals.

Register online using the links below. A limited number of scholarships are also available for participants with financial need. For questions or more information about the workshops, email cpwtulsa@okstate.edu.

Winter 2019 Workshop Series

Young Adult and Middle-Grade Fiction

Learn how to write young adult and middle-grade fiction.

During this six-week workshop, you will learn how to construct a clear plot, choose appropriate narrative point-of-view, craft realistic teen/pre-teen dialogue, create unique and relatable characters, and how to write an attention-grabbing opening to a YA/MG short story or novel. By the end of the course, you will have completed an original short story or the first two chapters of a novel.

Instructor: Juliana Goodman received her B.A. in English Literature from Western Illinois University and her MFA in Fiction Writing from Indiana. She has received several awards and scholarships for her writing and was a 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award Finalist. Her work has been published in Sigma Tau Delta's Rectangle, Blackberry: a Magazine and Fiyah Literary Magazine.

  • Dates: Mondays, 7–9 p.m. for six weeks beginning Jan. 13
  • Registration Fee: $225

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Musicality of Language: Poetry Across Genres

Learn new approaches and enhance your skills for writing poetry.

Whether a print culture poet, spoken word/performance poet or rapper/emcee, a versatile command of language is the most important element of your craft. During this four-week workshop, you will explore a variety of modes and exercises to help enhance your tool kits in writing, revision, and new approaches. Great ideas often emanate from unusual sources, from pop culture to old encyclopedias. We will explore unorthodox, as well as traditional, research methods to disrupt and challenge your normal, in an effort to inspire fresh ideas. We will also explore the balance of message and craft, and when & how & why to disrupt that balance. Athletes stretch. Writers also must stretch. If writers don't continuously challenge themselves, whether it's a thematic challenge or a craft challenge, we write the same poem repeatedly.

"Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home." -Gwendolyn Brooks

Instructor: Quraysh Ali Lansana earned his MFA from NYU. He is the author of the poetry collections The Skin of Dreams: New and Collected Poems 1995-2018 (2019), The Walmart Republic (2014); mystic turf (2012), They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (2004), Southside Rain (2000), and; his chapbooks include reluctant minivan (2014), bloodsoil (sooner red) (2009), Greatest Hits: 1995-2005 (2006), and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (1995). He has also written three children's books, including A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016) and The Big World (1999). Quraysh is the editor of eight anthologies and is the last student of Miss Gwendolyn Brooks. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, is a Fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship and a member of Tri-City Collective.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m. for four weeks beginning Jan. 14
  • Registration Fee: $150

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Film Production

Learn how to shoot and produce a movie out of nothing at all.

You will spend this four-week workshop working in the ahha Tulsa film lab and learn the basics of film production, including how to make a movie on a shoe-string budget. You will have the opportunity to produce a short film based on your script created in the screenwriting workshop. Didn't attend the screenwriting workshop? This workshop will still be a great resource if you want to learn how to shoot and produce a movie on a tight budget.

Instructor: Tvli Jacob has worked with Walt Disney, ABC, Touchstone Pictures, PBS, and many independent film productions. Tvli is a producer, director, and writer whose main love is working with Indigenous Peoples in telling our stories. He is currently managing all aspects of the documentary film and multi-media components for the Center for Indigenous Health and Research Policy (CIHRP).

  • Dates: Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m. for four weeks beginning Jan. 29
  • Registration Fee: $185

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Write a Picture Book

Learn how to write a picture book.

Picture books marry text and art. Meant to be read aloud, they require tight writing to communicate a story. We'll study mentor texts, familiarize you with the elements of successful picture books, and launch you into crafting your own stories.

Instructor: Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children. Her lyrical story in verse, At the Mountain's Base, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre (Kokila, 2019), celebrates the bonds of family and the history of history-making women pilots, including Millie Rexroat (Oglala Lakota). Her middle-grade novel, Indian No More, with Charlene Willing McManis (Tu Books, 2019), explores the impact of federal termination and relocation policies on an Umpqua family in the 1950s. Traci's debut nonfiction picture book—We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, illustrated by Frané Lessac, and published by Charlesbridge Publishing in 2018—won multiple awards including a Sibert Honor, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor, and an Orbis Pictus Honor. It also received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The Horn Book, and Shelf Awareness. A former federal Indian law attorney and policy advocate, she is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located. For more about Traci and her other works, visit www.tracisorell.com.

  • Dates: Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m. for four weeks beginning Feb. 19
  • Registration Fee: $150

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Speculative / Science Fiction

Learn how to write and develop speculative and science fiction stories.

During this four-week workshop, explore elements of speculative and science fiction to learn how to bring your stories to full life. Whether you want to break the world apart and remake it or create a world altogether, bring your imagination, willingness to say "yes," and a desire for strong character and craft to this class.

Instructor: A.W. Marshall's work is published in Red Wheelbarrow, theNewerYork, Fiction Attic, Austin Review, Appalachian Heritage, Vestal Review and The Fiddlehead. His flash fiction piece, "The Lover", was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. His collection of short stories, Simple Pleasures, was published in 2015 by ELJ press. His play Pan was published in 2015 by Mead Hill.

  • Dates: Mondays, 7–9 p.m. for four weeks beginning Mar. 2
  • Registration Fee: $150

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Workshop Registration Policies

  • Workshop registration is available online through the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa website or by mail. No registrations will be accepted over the phone or email.
  • Payments for workshops must be by credit card for online registrations or check/money order for mail-in registrations. No cash will be accepted.
  • If the workshop you would like to register for is full at the time you try to register, please sign up for the waiting list via email at cpwtulsa@okstate.edu. You will be notified by email if a space opens up in the workshop.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to register for a workshop.
  • You will receive an email receipt when your payment has been received.
  • Registration is open until the workshop is filled or until three days before the first session.
  • The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa reserves the right to limit the number of multi-week workshops for which participants may register per session. The Center also reserves the right to cancel a workshop in the minimum enrollment is not met.
  • Workshops may include short in-class writing exercises and outside reading assignments. Participants are expected to read and write comments about each other’s written pieces. Prior creative writing experience is not needed unless otherwise specified.
  • We are happy to accommodate the needs of participants with disabilities. Please email cpwtulsa@okstate.edu for assistance.

Cancellation Policy

To cancel your registration and receive a partial refund, you must call  918-594-8215 or email cpwtulsa@okstate.edu at least 10 business days prior to the beginning of the workshop.

Please note that a cancellation fee of $130 for Multi-Week Workshops and $50 for weekend seminars will be deducted from the amount you are reimbursed. NO refunds will be given after the 10-day deadline for cancellation.

These policies are subject to change at any time without notice.