LitSpace Classes

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Keep St Pete Lit is proud to partner with the Morean Arts Center and Daddy Kool Records 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.

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. A teacher will moderate the class and be available to offer advice as well. This class is for everyone who writes! Please bring 1-2 pages of your work for sharing. Saturday, March 4 and 18 (10:00am-12:00pm).

The Hero's Journey: A Classic Narrative Structure

Learn about this timeless story model, and how it creates a roadmap for successful fiction. Well start in the ordinary world, hear the call to adventure, endure tests and ordeals, and find the way back home. Bring paper and pen or a laptop and be prepared to write and share. All levels welcome. Saturday, March 4 (1:00-3:00pm).

Paper Grrrls: Girls and Comics (Ages 8-16)

The theme of our first meeting is Zodiac Starforce, by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau. Zodiac Starforce is about a group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures... as long as they can get out of class! We will be creating our own versions of these heroes you can draw your character, design their costume, write a story, and even build props with craft supplies we'll be providing. Sunday, March 5 (2:00-4:00pm).

Intuitive Art Journaling Practice

Intuitive Art Journaling Practice integrates journal writing and expressive visual art, both from an intuitive approach. 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, February 28; March 7- 28 (6:30-8:30pm ).

Monthly Zine Workshops ft. Mitchell Goodrich

Daddy Kool Records and Keep St.Pete Lit are coming together to showcase zines in monthly workshops. On the second Wednesday of every month we will have a new speaker to talk about different aspects of zines. From creating, producing to the history behind zines we hope to inspire people to create their own! March's Workshop: The Zine Trade. The artist zine has transcended the familiar, but limiting, concept of fanzines, all the while building on the dialect and traditions of its punk roots. The practice of zine trading is perhaps the most exciting and motivating of those traditions to persist. Due to their low cost, artist zines are the easiest and most affordable introduction to art collecting for anyone, whether through purchase or trade. This workshop will discuss the artistic appeal of the zine as a commercial art object and various approaches to their content and structure. Mitchell will bring a large sampling of zines from his personal collection for the group to peruse during discussion and in-class zine making. Wednesday, March 8 (6:30-8:30pm).

Storytelling: The Art of Crafting Fiction

Storytelling: The Art of Crafting Fiction is an introduction to creative writing 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, March 11 and 25 (10:00am-12:00pm).

Getting Weird: Extended and Experimental Poetic Technique

The art of Poetry comes from a series of often very formal traditions. The essential ingredients of Rhyme and Meter were inherited from pre-literate traditions, and originated as mnemonic tricks to allow for work to be passed on through memory. In the Modern era, however, these long-standing traditions were deemed to be insufficient for responding to the increasing complexity and absurdity of the world. Instead of upholding traditions, poetry became a forum for ever-expanding experimentation. We will explore some extended techniques of poetry and discuss potential avenues of experimentation, as well as the possible futures of poetry as an art form. Saturday, March 11 (1:00-3:00pm).

A Lesson in Dialogue

The first fact of dialogue in writing is this: it bears little connection to real life speech.
So how does dialogue work? What does it do in story? Mary Jo Melone will guide you as you look at dialogues function to drive plot and reveal character, and you will learn how to put these ideas to work in your own fiction. Saturday, March 18 (1:00-3:00pm)

Paper Grrrls: Girls and Comics (Ages 17+)

We'll be discussing She Changed Comics by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. She Changed Comics is the definitive history of the women who changed free expression in comics, with profiles of more than 60 groundbreaking female professionals and interviews with the women who are changing todays medium. She Changed Comics also examines the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States. This introductory meeting will serve to set a foundation for the different works well be immersing ourselves with in Paper Grrrls Society. We will highlight a few of the women featured in She Changed Comics, and youll leave with a copy of your own to take home and learn about the rest!
Sunday, March 19 (2:00-4:00pm)

Playwriting 101 (Eight Week Online Class)

Have you always wanted to write a play? Short? Full-length? Somewhere in between? Whether you already have an idea for your story or just have a desire to try, we will take what you have and mold and sculpt and get it on its feet. In this class we will look at playwriting structure, what makes a story compelling, plot vs. characters, dialogue, and how to put it all together. We will start with Aristotle and see what he had to say about writing, then look at the work of some other greats and some lesser known artists as well. We will study Pixar- a lot more can be learned from cartoons than you think! And most importantly we will learn to apply the astute rubric of the great Johann Von Wolfgang Goethe to everything we write: 'What are you trying to say?', 'How well are you saying it?', and above all, 'Is it worth saying?' Tuesdays, March 21-May 16 (6:00-8:00pm)

Master Class: Writing For Children

#1 NYTimes Bestselling children's author, Sara Pennypacker will discuss the craft, the rewards and the responsibilities of writing for children. Saturday, March 25 (1:00pm-3:00pm)




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  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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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