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Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa offers spring writing workshops

Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Spring 2019 Workshop Series


From filmmaking to hip-hop poetry, several award-winning Oklahoma writers will be leading noncredit workshops this spring designed to help writers of all levels flex their creative muscles.

Workshops include:


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 and scholar. His short film, Tonto Plays Himself, created as part of his master’s degree program at New York University, has screened at the Native American Film and Video Festival, Native Crossroads Film Festival and the Margaret Mead Film Festival.

Dates: Mondays, 7-9 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Jan. 14 (skipping MLK Jr. Day)

Registration Fee: $375


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, MFA, OSU, is a Tulsa Artist Fellow. 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 work forthcoming in World Literature Today.

Dates: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Jan. 22

Registration Fee: $300


Borrowed Forms

Learn to craft content regardless of the format. Turn your mortgage payoff letter into a personal essay about purchasing a home or an orthodontist report transformed 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.

Dates: Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. for six weeks beginning Feb. 7.

Registration Fee: $225


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 is a former adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa and cofounder of Tulsa poetry and collaborative arts nonprofit organization, MUSED. She is author of the book, Reverse Selfie, used in high school creative writing programs statewide.

Dates: Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, 2-4:30 p.m.

Registration Fee: $115


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 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). Lansana is author of three children’s books and editor of eight anthologies.

Dates: Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, 2-4:30 p.m.

Registration Fee: $115


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