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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

Spring 2021 Online Workshop Series

Our Spring 2021 Online Workshops Series are available in our online marketplace! These workshops are non-credit and open to the public. Participants must be 18 or older to register.

March 22
Intro to Comics and Graphic Novels | Led by Carl Antonowicz

4-week workshop, $150 to register

Are you comics-curious? In this workshop you'll learn about the structure and pacing of comics/graphic novels, and create your own short comics story! We'll be covering scripting, page layout, and characters. No drawing experience required.

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About the instructor: Carl Antonowicz is a cartoonist, director, and performer. He is a 2011 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies and a 2021 Tulsa Artist Fellow. His recent works include the graphic novel TURMRING, the one-man performance comic UNTIL THE BLOOD RUNS BLACK, and the evening-length performance comic anthology THE FUTURE WITHOUT YOU, based on Sophie Goldstein's short science fiction comics.

March 25
Joys of Genre | Led by Christopher Murphy

5-week workshop, $185 to register

We will look at various existing genres--fantasy, western, horror, crime, romance--as well as examples from those genres. We will break down the common tropes in those genres, looking at how they might be used and how they might be defied. We will write exercises in those genres, culminating in a full short story in your preferred genre.

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About the instructor: Christopher Murphy teaches creative writing at Northeastern State University and serves on the editorial board for Nimrod. He's had work published at Gulf Coast (online), Jellyfish Review, Necessary Fiction, Spartan, and decomP, among others. He has a forthcoming collection of flash fiction from Mongrel Empire Press.

April 27
Writing About Greenwood | Led by Quraysh Ali Lansana

5-week workshop, $25 to register

This course examines the history of Tulsa’s Greenwood District from it’s pre-statehood beginnings to its many renaissances, including the present day. Coined “Black Wall Street” by educator and historian Booker T. Washington, Greenwood was the most economically vibrant Black community in the United States for years, in spite of Oklahoma’s brutal segregation laws. Though that entrenched racial divide continues to exist, Black Wall Street is thriving once again.

Guest lecturers from Black community leaders and field trips to significant landmarks will reinforce classroom learning. The course will culminate with community based projects that explore Greenwood then and now. There were many significant factors that contributed to both its rise and destruction.

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About the instructor: Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of twenty books in poetry, nonfiction and children’s literature. Lansana is a Tulsa Artist Fellow, Writer in Residence and Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, and a consultant with Tulsa Public Schools. and a former faculty member of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Juilliard School.

Lansana is co-executive producer of Public Radio Tulsa’s Focus: Black Oklahoma. A former faculty member of both the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University and was an Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing from 2002-2014. His work Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community was published in March 2011 by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee.

His most recent books include the skin of dreams: new and collected poems, 1995-2018, The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience & Change Agent (Haymarket Books, 2017) and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015). Lansana’s work appears in Best American Poetry 2019, and and his forthcoming titles include Those Who Stayed: Life in 1921 Tulsa After the Massacre and Opal’s Greenwood Oasis. He is a founding member of Tri-City Collective.


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.