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.

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Download February’s class schedule here

Writing for Dollars Clinic: Use Your Writing Skills to Earn Money in New Ways

Whether you are already a professional writer, earning your living from your skills and talents or you're just starting out, this class led by Daphne Taylor Street will give you an overview of seven different ways you can launch a writing career in a new direction with just a few steps. Today is the age of the 'gig economy,' and freelancers are in extra-high demand to work on retainer for other companies or to contract on long-term and short-term projects. They even have an opportunity to branch off on their own and create their own branded content. Through this course, students can get an idea of where they might fit-in and begin work to start a new journey in professional writing. Tuesday, February 27 (6:30-8:30pm)

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, March 3, 17, and 31 (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, March 3 (1:00-3:00pm)

Intuitive Art Journaling Practice

Intuitive Art Journaling Practice, led by Terry Lee Getz, 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 this session. Tuesday, March 6 and 20 (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 (with copies for your classmates), or use your in-class exercise(s) as material for gaining feedback on your writing. Saturday, March 10 and 24 (9:30am-12:30pm) *New time to give plenty of space for students to read their work.

Words Are Power

In light of the struggles we face in our country with an abundance of social issues, this class with Mona Bethke will address Poetry of Witness and Poetry of Protest. We will discuss several poems in this genre of poetry and go through the process of writing one poem of witness and one poem of protest. We will also discuss the impact these poems have as published pieces and as Spoken Word pieces. Bring a notebook and pen/pencil or a laptop, and definitely bring your passion for poetry! Saturday, March 10 (1:00pm-3:00pm)

Writing for Dollars Clinic: Use Your Writing Skills to Earn Money in New Ways

Whether you are already a professional writer, earning your living from your skills and talents or you're just starting out, this class led by Daphne Taylor Street will give you an overview of seven different ways you can launch a writing career in a new direction with just a few steps. Today is the age of the 'gig economy,' and freelancers are in extra-high demand to work on retainer for other companies or to contract on long-term and short-term projects. They even have an opportunity to branch off on their own and create their own branded content. Through this course, students can get an idea of where they might fit-in and begin work to start a new journey in professional writing. Tuesday, March 13 and 27 (6:30-8:30pm)

Unlock Your Power! How to Lead the Creative Life!

This lecture/workshop with Emily Young is designed to help writers find inspiration for their stories. In class discussion, we'll explore the fascinating methods of famous creatives and swap our own techniques. Some exercises we'll try together include:
- An idea journal (where you write down one interesting thing you observe/overhear)
- A creative meditation (where you open your mind to possibilities and relax)
- A story search (where you examine what type of stories compel you)
- Character free-writes (where you connect more deeply with your characters)
- Setting free-writes (where you better understand the atmosphere of your story)
Some of these exercises will come from popular writing books such as The Anatomy of Story by John Truby and Take Off Your Pants: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing by Libbie Hawker. Finally, we'll wrap up with tips for finding a supportive writer's group, so that you can continue your journey with encouragement and support. Saturday, March 17 (1:00pm-3:00pm)

The Art of Memoir

In this session led by Lisa L. Kirchner we'll talk about ways to create meaningful stories from your life experience, because you have way more than one book in you. Through tips, examples, and writing exercises, you'll come out of this workshop understanding how impactful your story can be. This session is suitable for writers who are just starting as well as those who are trying to finish their books. Saturday, March 24 (1:00pm-3:00pm)

Reading to Write

Writers have long learned about writing by reading other writers studying their sentences, their rhythms, their use of image or characterization. But writers read other things, too, from the mood of a room to the tone of a beloved's voice. This is a workshop led by Teresa Carmody on developing reading skills, so you can read with more focus and wonder. We'll reflect on ourselves as readers, close read some short texts, and practice reading the world writ large. All genres welcome! Saturday, March 31 (1:00pm-3:00pm)