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

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, July 1, 15, and 29 (10:00am-12:00pm)

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, July 29 (1:00pm-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, August 1-29 (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, August 5 and 19 (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, August 5 (1:00-3:00pm)

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, August 12 and 26 (10:00am-12:00pm)

Sell your book: How to succeed on Amazon.

Do you want to make your book a success on Amazon? Come learn the ins and outs of marketing a book in the world’s largest bookstore. Whether you have published a novel and are suffering from obscurity, or are looking to publish a non-fiction book and want to know how to make a splash in the Amazon sales charts, this 3-hour class with independent publisher and the author Nathan Van Coops will give you the tools you need to succeed.

Learn what marketing tactics are working today, and how to sell your book the right way, so Amazon’s sales algorithm begins to market for you.

Did you know that who you sell your first books to is more important than how many you sell? Did you know that convincing your cousin who never reads to buy your book on launch day might actually be hurting your chances of success on Amazon? Find out why your book description may be the most important words you’ll write and how keywords and category selection impact your discoverability in the sales charts. It’s time to master the latest tips, tactics, and strategies to get your book out of obscurity and into the hands of readers. Saturday, August 12 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Overcoming Writers Block

Whether you have difficulty getting started or cant finish your work,this course is designed to help you find your inner muse and write. The course incorporates techniques from author Tom Robbins, instructor Lynn Waddell, and Julia Camerons 'The Artists Way.' Saturday, August 19 (1:00-3:00pm)

On Noticing

Close observation, both on and off the page, is a key tool to crafting intentional writing. In this class, led by Eleanor Eichenbaum, we will discuss the concept of noticing, practices of noticing in our daily lives, and how these practices can influence our poetry. Well read and discuss selected prose excerpts and poems, and also compose through generative exercises individually and as a group. Writers of other genres and visual artists are encouraged to attend! Saturday, August 26 (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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