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Center for Poets and Writers Workshops

Make a movie. Perform hip-hop poetry. Write your story. Get published. If you’re interested in taking your creativity to the next level, the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa has a noncredit workshop led by an award-winning creative professional to help you achieve your dreams. Several workshops are led by CPW Teaching Artists.

Register online using the links below or download and print the mail-in registration form. For questions or more information about the workshops, email

Spring 2019 Workshop Series

Jacob Floyd

So You Want to Make a Movie?

Learn how to take your movie idea from conception to reality through hands-on guidance. The goal is to create a short digital video to be
submitted to a local film festival.

Instructor: Jacob Floyd is a filmmaker, film scholar and citizen of the Creek Nation. His short film, “Tonto Plays Himself,” created as part of his Master’s Degree program at NYU, has screened at the Native American Film and Video Festival, Native Crossroads Film Festival and the Margaret Mead Film Festival. He completed his Ph.D. in screen studies at OSU in 2018. Jacob serves as a teaching artist for the Center for Poets and Writers, providing filmmaking workshops to high school students in Indian Education programs.

Mondays, 7-9 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Jan. 14, AHHA Tulsa
(skipping MLK Jr. Day)
Registration Fee: $375

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Clemonce Heard

Theme Imitation

Imitation is a form of flattery. Learn how writers mimic themes, voice and tone – with one-on-one mentoring - to create your own unique piece of poetry.

Instructor: Clemonce Heard earned his MFA in poetry from OSU in 2018 and is now a resident writer with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. He serves as a teaching artist for the Center for Poets and Writers, providing poetry workshops to elementary school students. He has been honored by the Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. He has published poems in Obsidian, Naugatuck Review, Four Way Review, and Opossum, and has published in World Literature Today.

Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Jan. 22, Main Hall 2440
Registration Fee: $300

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Liz Blood

Borrowed Forms

Learn how to use existing forms to act as a container for your writing. Turn your mortgage payoff letter into a personal essay about purchasing a home or transform an orthodontist report into an examination of childhood and social ideas of beauty.

Instructor: Liz Blood is former editor of The Tulsa Voice. She is also an adjunct faculty member at The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing program at Oklahoma City University and editor of Ekphrasis for Art Focus Oklahoma. She earned her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. for six weeks beginning Feb. 7, Main Hall 2440
Registration Fee: $225

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Victoria McArtor

Publishing: The Chicken before the Egg?

Do you want to be published in literary journals and magazines but having trouble getting started? This workshop will give you tricks to getting an editor’s attention, tools for creating a system for publishing and advice for creating a writer’s persona.

Instructor: Victoria McArtor earned her MFA from OSU in 2014. She is a former adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa and serves on the board of directors for Black Wall Street Arts and the Center for Poets and Writers. Holding professional licenses in mortgages, real estate, insurance and financial services, McArtor constantly finds ways to fuse creative with professional writing for maximum effect. In 2015, she and her partner founded Tulsa’s poetry and collaborative arts nonprofit, MUSED. Her book, Reverse Selfie, has been taught to over 200 students in a statewide creative writing workshop and has helped high school students turn their perspectives from themselves to their communities.

Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, 2-4:30 p.m., Main Hall 2440
Registration Fee: $115

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Quraysh Lansana

BreakBeat Poets

Explore the influence of hip hop on contemporary poetry while pushing your creativity to the max. Using the core elements of hip hop culture, social justice inquiry and media consciousness, construct and perform a personal piece of art that you can be proud of.

Instructor: Quraysh Ali Lansana earned his MFA from NYU. He is the author of the poetry collections The Walmart Republic (2014); mystic turf (2012), They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (2004), and Southside Rain (2000); 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 also the editor of eight anthologies and is the last student of Miss Gwendolyn Brooks.

Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, 2-4:30 p.m., Main Hall 2440
Registration Fee: $115

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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 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 for assistance.

Cancellation Policy

To cancel your registration and receive a partial refund, you must call  918-594-8215 or email 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.