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Center for Poets and Writers expands workshop offerings

Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa’s winter 2020 community workshops offer a new series of non-credit courses led by award-winning professionals open to any adult who wants to improve their craft.

This season’s workshops help creators hone in on the skills necessary to do everything from writing a picture book to creating a complete film on a miniscule budget.

 “The workshops are designed to foster the power to create,” says Lindsey Smith, director of the center. “These are in-depth courses taught by celebrated professionals. By the end of the workshop, students will have the tools they need to bring their creative potential to life.” 

The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa has been offering creative workshop series since fall 2018, with a positive and growing response.

“Workshops are such a direct, hands-on way to enrich and empower people,” Smith says. “The response has been amazing. We’re excited to continue collaborating with experienced artists to cultivate a creative and diverse literary arts community in Tulsa.”

The success of past and current workshops means there are more on the way. Smith says she is already planning workshop series for spring and summer 2020. To learn about future workshops as they become available, sign up for the Center for Poets and Writers newsletter.

To register for or learn more about currently available workshops, check out the Center for Poets and Writers workshop page.

A limited number of scholarships are also available for participants with financial need.

Winter 2020 workshops include:

Young Adult and Middle-Grade Fiction

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.

Dates: Mondays, 7–9 p.m. for six weeks beginning Jan. 13

Musicality of Language: Poetry Across Genres

Explore a variety of modes and exercises to bolster your creative tool kit in approaching, writing and revising poetry.

Dates: Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m. for four weeks beginning Jan. 14

Film Production

Working in the ahha Tulsa film lab, learn the basics of film production, including how to make a movie on a shoe-string budget.

Dates: Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m. for four weeks beginning Jan. 29

Write a Picture Book

Study mentor texts, become familiar with the elements of successful picture books, and launch into crafting your own stories.

Dates: Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m. for four weeks beginning Feb. 19

Speculative / Science Fiction

Explore elements of speculative and science fiction to learn how to bring your stories to full life.

Dates: Mondays, 7–9 p.m. for four weeks beginning Mar. 2

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For questions or additional information about the workshops, email

Hone in your creative skills in through one of this season's community workshops.

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