Write napkin-sized stories, find (& lose) your poetic instincts, master the art of letter writing, and more. See course listings below!
Want to learn more? Come to Frequency’s Open House, Sunday, Jan 17 from 4:30-6:30pm. Meet the season’s instructors, mingle with other writers, and learn the different ways you can become involved in this community. Free. All are welcome. And there are always refreshments.
Now in its fifth year, Frequency is a growing community of writers based in Providence, Rhode Island. Through workshops, free events, talks, readings, drop-in writing groups, and open mics, we engage writers of all levels of experience, ages, and backgrounds. Our courses are designed both to challenge and support students, while also encouraging collaboration with other local creative communities. This year, our courses won grant support from the RI State Council for the Arts and the RI Council for the Humanities. We are committed to making the workshops affordable for ALL writers in the community, and we offer sliding scale frees, work-study exchanges, and scholarships.
WINTER/SPRING 2016 workshops
All workshops take place in Providence, either at School One, or the 186 Carpenter storefront space.
4 weeks, Thursdays, 7-9:30pm, Feb 4-25.
This four-week class is for those writers who have drafts and snippets of poems and stories. It’s for writers whose work is unfinished, that doesn’t feel quite right, or is lacking that certain something. This class is also for those inquisitive writers who want new ways of revising and who are interested in devising these new ways. Thus, Revising Revision will be practical, but also theoretical, utilitarian, but also, meta. Open to all.
6 weeks, Wednesday nights, 6-8:30pm, Feb 3-March 9
In this hybrid course, we will focus on writing/reading poems and essays that take risks and move beyond our traditional notions of what poetry and non-fiction can do. Through in-class exercises and readings, we will see how the material of our everyday lives and past experiences can become the stuff of literature. Together, we will push ourselves toward discomfort and uncertainty in pursuit of larger truths.
6 weeks, Sundays, 1-3:30pm, Feb 28- April 10 (excluding Easter, March 27)
In this six-week course, we will use very brief stories (ranging from several sentences to several pages long) to explore the fundamentals of fiction writing, including characterization and point of view, dialogue and description, plot and idea, setting and tone, and momentum-generating openings and surprising yet inevitable endings.
Lost and Found
Studio, Saturday, Feb 27, 10am-2pm
No language is precious! No language is unworthy! This one-day course will engage with cutting and sampling, using texts around and within us as our sources. In “Lost,” we will play with erasure, distillation, and remixing, cutting away at text until we get to the pit in the center (or lose meaning altogether). In “Found,” we will mine source materials to create new, strange combinations of language. If you hate cutting down your poems or feel stuck using the same three images all the time, this workshop is for you!
6 weeks, Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm, March 9-April 13
During our six weeks together, we will read and write in and through letters. We will explore the sweep of what a letter is or can be, build new structures for our writing through the kinds of voices and projections we will find. We’ll have fun.
A Poetry Workshop for Veterans of War
10 weeks, Wednesdays, April-June (Exact dates TBA)
This poetry workshop means to provide a safe and welcoming place for veterans to explore writing poetry. We will discuss genre and form and each week read work by other poets for instruction and inspiration.
Visit our website at frequencywriters.org to find more information on each course and to complete registration. Feel free to email us any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darcie Dennigan, Co-Director
A writing community for Rhode Island & beyond