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Center for Poets and Writers Workshops

Tell your stories. Start writing a novel. Try a new poetry genre. 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.

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Winter 2023 Workshop Series

These workshops are non-credit and open to the public. Participants must be 18 or older to register.


Jan. 23 P.O.P into the Film Industry

Taught by Robert Peters, 1-day workshop, In-Person or via Zoom

We are here in Oklahoma in the best possible time to work in film and television. P.O.P. means Preparation, Opportunity, and Performance. Preparation is knowledge of production and set protocol, resources, and a clear understanding of both how to get film jobs and even create your own. After preparing as much as you can, then you have to convert that into opportunity. That means meeting people and being opportunistic (without being obnoxious!). Being the shiny object in an ocean of competition. Performance means that no matter which side of the camera you are on, you maximize your skills and abilities. 

REGISTER HERE


Jan. 28 Start Your Novel

Taught by Nathan Knapp, 1-day workshop, In-Person

The goal of this workshop is simple—getting you going on a novel that keeps going. Starting, some say, is the easy part. But starting a novel that you'll actually finish is a whole other kettle of fish, one that retains an air of mystery even to well-published veterans of the art. We'll try to peer into that mystery in this two day course, examining a number of particularly successful novel openings, both past and present, as well as discussing strategies for getting oneself started (sometimes starting *is* the hard part!), and then working on a number of exercises. Hopefully, by the end, students will have the opening of their first novel.

REGISTER HERE


Feb. 2 Beginning Creative Writing - SOLD OUT

Taught by Jerilynn Aquino, 5-week workshop, In-Person or via Zoom

Do you have stories inside you just begging to be told? Have people always told you that you should be a writer? In this 6-week introductory workshop, we’ll explore elements of creative writing including voice, characterization, conflict, setting, plot, dialogue, and more. No writing experience necessary!


Feb. 7 Translation 101

Taught by Arthur Malcolm Dixon, 1-day workshop, In-Person or Zoom

How do words on a page cross from one language into another? How is it possible for one book to exist in dozens of languages? And how do translators manage to write the same poem, novel, or story in a different language—if that even is what they do? In this one-night seminar, we’ll look at how literary translation works and why we hear so little about it, despite its crucial importance to literature past and present. We’ll also discuss how to get started as a translator, regardless of your language abilities. You’ll leave this seminar with a newfound fascination for this underappreciated art form, plus the beginnings of your very own first literary translation. Recommended for anyone with an interest in creative writing, languages, and expanding their literary horizons!

REGISTER HERE


Feb. 11 Introduction to Motion Picture Sound

Taught by Ryan Weaver, 1-day workshop, In-Person

Introduction to Motion Picture Sound exposes students to the basics of recording dynamic, impactful audio for both narrative and documentary film production. During this one-day intensive workshop, students will learn how to use professional gear including lavalier mics, boom poles, shotgun mics and field recorders. Likewise, students will learn basic theory and techniques that will help ensure they capture clean, usable audio in future film productions.

REGISTER HERE


Feb. 21 Songwriting 

Taught by Kat Lock, 3-week workshop, In-Person

Songwriting is extremely personal, and different for everybody. The one thing we all have in common as songwriters is the ability to improve. In this workshop, we’ll start songs from scratch and look at previous songs to see how we can shape them into something even better. Learn tips and tricks for getting out of writer’s block phases and connect with others.

REGISTER HERE


March 4 & 5 The Art of Cinematic Lighting

Taught by Charles Elmore and Jake Basnett, 2-day workshop, In-Person

The Art of Cinematic Lighting is a two-day workshop that introduces students to the basics of lighting a scene for a traditional narrative film production. Students will learn how to use gear found on professional sets, including a variety of lights, stands, and light modifiers as well as basic techniques used to achieve looks frequently utilized during the course of a film production. The workshop will be taught by veteran filmmakers using a blend of lecture and hands-on exercise.

REGISTER HERE


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.


Feb. 11 Introduction to Motion Picture Sound

Taught by Ryan Weaver, 1-day workshop, In-Person

Introduction to Motion Picture Sound exposes students to the basics of recording dynamic, impactful audio for both narrative and documentary film production. During this one-day intensive workshop, students will learn how to use professional gear including lavalier mics, boom poles, shotgun mics and field recorders. Likewise, students will learn basic theory and techniques that will help ensure they capture clean, usable audio in future film productions.

REGISTER HERE