LitSpace Classes

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Since June 2015, Keep St Pete Lit is proud to have partnered with the Morean Arts Center for the LitSpace Literary Arts Institute. LitSpace gives a voice to the community and helps create a vibrant new literary arts scene for our city. These are low-cost, professional-quality lessons in writing poetry and fiction, creativity workshops and other literary-inspired classes.

To help us keep our class fees low, please consider becoming a Supporting Member of Keep St. Pete Lit for as little as $5.00 a month. Donate HERE

Storytelling: The Art of Crafting Fiction

Storytelling: The Art of Crafting Fiction is an introduction to creative writing, led by Bob Schwartz, that is appropriate for all levels; it's for anyone who wishes to pursue writing as a creative outlet. Although the focus is fiction writing this class will also be helpful to the creative non-fiction writer, as we will address topics pertinent to all forms of creative writing. Class hours will be spent sharing information, ideas and writing. Saturday, September 2, 16, and 30 (10:00am-12:00pm)

Poet's Gym

Join instructor Cole Bellamy for an ongoing comprehensive workshop and study group for poetry, students are encouraged to bring their poems to be read and discussed by the class. We will also engage in exercises and assignments meant to further poetic skill and innovation. *This is an ongoing class, which will be meeting the first Saturday of every month. Saturday, September 2 (1:00-3:00pm)

Intuitive Art Journaling Practice

Intuitive Art Journaling Practice integrates journal writing and expressive visual art, both from an intuitive approach. Instructor Terry Getz believes that regularly getting in touch with feelings, and keeping a record of daily experiences, enhances all areas of your life, particularly your creative energy. Practice of expressive arts allows self-trust, self-acceptance and breakthrough a-ha moments to emerge, as well as eliminating or clearing creative blocks and negative self-talk. Class is experiential participants will learn easy, inexpensive methods that can be adopted, adapted and repeated at home. You do not have to be an experienced writer or artist to benefit from this class. Materials will be provided for each session. Tuesdays, September 5-26 *September 12th class cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. (6:30-8:30pm)

Writer's Gym

One of the best ways to work out your writing muscles is to share your work with other writers. This class offers a constructive, supportive environment where you can give and receive feedback from your peers, as well as creative writing exercises. Instructor Bob Schwartz will moderate the class and be available to offer advice as well. This class is for everyone who writes fiction and non-fiction! Please bring 1-2 pages of your work for sharing, or use your in-class exercise(s) as material for gaining feedback on your writing. Saturday, September 9 and 23 *September 9th class cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. (10:00am-12:00pm)

Writing as Body Work

How have traumatic, chronic, or peak physical experiences shaped the language of your thoughts? How do you look in your minds eye and how does that form the story of your everyday perceptions? What kind of reading and writing makes you more aware of your own bodys story--the very visceral story of your blood and guts, your sensory awareness? How can we create new forms in our writing, art, or life by bringing our body into the process and, reflexively, letting the process of creating enliven our bodies? In this group experiment, lead by Amber DiPietra, well feel our way through these questions by reading poems and passages from fiction, essay, and memoir. Well also do some guided meditation, breathwork, and simple exercises taken from healing arts modalities like massage, yoga, and contact improv dance. Bring a yoga mat or a beach blanket (depending on preference), wear workout clothes or comfy loungewear and comfy shoes, bring a couple extra pillows and blankets if you are the type to get cold. Saturday, September 9 *This class is cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. (1:00pm-3:00pm)

Sunrise Poetry

Meet with local author April Kinney Corbett for a time of CREATIVE rejuvenation. Find that ray of calm amongst the busyness of life's journey. April will share her story and offer tips on how to diminish writers block. Sunrise POETRY will allow you to collaborate with like minds, share your story/poems, and offer ways to be inspired. {Bring a chair, notebook or sketchpad and a pen. Also may include coloring, art or music} *This class does not meet at Morean Art Center. It meets at a satellite location in Lassing Park at end of 18th Ave South by the water. (Weather permitting.)' Friday, September 15 (6:30am)

The Shape of a Poem

The way in which a poem inhabits the space of the page guides the reading experience and is an integral part of the work's content. In this class, led by Eleanor Eichenbaum, we’ll discuss how words and space work together. To do this, we'll read and discuss selected poems and visual art works, and also compose through generative exercises individually and as a group. In addition to looking at free verse poems, we'll spend time discussing the haiku and the pantoum. Writers of other genres and visual artists are encouraged to attend! Saturday, September 16 (1:00pm-3:00pm)

Poetry as an Act of Resistance

'Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.'June Jordan.

In times of chaos, loss and trauma, people turn to poetry. But, can a writer really act as a witness to another voice? This poetry class with instructor Gloria Munoz will explore the connection between writing and social change. We will read and discuss a wide range of voices, and write poems that reflect on current social topics. Saturday, September 23 (1:00pm-3:00pm)

Food Writing Workout

Join Janet Keeler for a two-hour session that will flex your creative writing muscles. You will take part in several writing exercises aimed at bringing rich detail to your work. Food will be our muse, but the lessons you learn here can be used to write about anything. Saturday, September 30 (1:00pm-3:00pm)

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  2. I keep coming back to refine my poetry writing skills and look forward to focus on further training as a poet. Thanks for offering such a diverse range of poetry classes and please keep them coming. And who I can beat the price?

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  5. Writing is a hobby for me. I look forward to Saturday mornings at KSPL with literate friends. Coffee and a bite at Banyan Cafe and the day’s off to a good start. The Writers Gym is fun and stimulating with Tracy Lee Bird and the Muses lending inspiration. Alternating Saturdays there’s Crafting Fiction to provide tools like building characters, story structure, arcs…all that happy stuff writers work with.

  6. What a great idea!! I attended the Poetry Muscle: Laughter Writing Yoga workshop and it was an extrodinary experience. I found myself applying the techniques acquired in the workshop for weeks after. The course got me laughing and kept me fulfilled and strentgh to take on any challenge with a smile. Thank you St. PeteLit!!

  7. I am so excited to be able to increase my knowledge base in writing. I am an MFA student at the University of Tampa in Creative Writing and a lot of the stuff you are offering is not to be found in the program. The Writers Gym and the Storytelling workshop with Tracy Bird are phenomenal and I learn something I can take away and use in a practical manner when it comes to writing. Thanks Keep St. Pete Lit for offering these free workshops. You guys rock!!!!

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