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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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. A teacher 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)

Poet's Gym

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, July 1 (1:00-3:00pm)

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, July 8 and 22 (10:00am-12:00pm)

Practice of the Wild

In this writing workshop we will explore ecopoetics as a method of writing where craft models ecological processes like complexity, non-linearity, feedback loops, and recycling. Additionally, we will explore the call of the wild by practicing the sounding of what we write. Saturday, July 8 (1:00pm-3:00pm)

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, July 11-25 (6:30-8:30pm )

Creatures Wild and Wooly Ekphrastic Workshop: a collaboration with Florida Craft Art

Though storytelling is often a verbal or written presentation, stories surround us in every detail of our lives. Our imaginations soar when we see a whimsical piece, childhood memories are triggered by certain colors and shapes, textures remind us of another time in our lives. This exciting juried exhibition of original artwork by more than 35 artists showcases work based on creatures-wild, exotic, domesticated, imaginary and mythical. This exhibition is dedicated to the late sculptor Paul Eppling who created amazing wild creatures. Participants will write a one page ekphrastic story or poem inspired by Florida Craft Arts' exhibition, Creatures Wild and Wooly. THIS CLASS WILL MEET AT FLORIDA CRAFT ART to view the 35 pieces on display. You will pick the piece that most inspires you (no two writers will write about the same piece) and after viewing the work we will go to a classroom above the gallery to flesh out our thoughts/writing. Participants will then perform their work at the closing reception for Creatures Wild and Wooly on Saturday, August 5 (5:30pm) at Florida Craft Art.*This class is limited to twelve participants. Saturday, July 15 (1:00-3:00pm)

Long Form versus Short Form Poetry

In this class we will focus on the difference between short poems and long poems. The two poets we will refer to are Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks. During the workshop portion, you will write a short poem and a long poem using two specific forms and prompts. Saturday, July 22 (1:00pm-3:00pm)

The Art of Memoir

In this session 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)

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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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