Here’s a Preview of Our 2016 Winter and Spring Classes (details available after Oct. 1)
Jan. 4 – Feb. 14 – Gathering Courage: Still-Doing, Big Journaling, and Other (Not So Scary) Ways to Begin Accommodating the Soul, with Thandiwe Shiphrah: If you promised yourself that in 2016 you would make room in your life for what you really want to do (and you haven’t done it), if you are ready to reach beyond previous limitations to make authentic life choices, if it’s high time you started having more joy in your life, then you are invited to join Thandiwe Shiphrah for these exhilarating weekly sessions dedicated to getting in touch with what’s in your heart and charting a path with purpose. Each session presents a nourishing opportunity to honor who you are and what you value, to acknowledge and share your unique talents, and to make a commitment to your creativity. This is a time for dreaming, writing, setting intentions, planning, shifting, rethinking (as in changing direction) or getting your nerve up in preparation for taking leaps or stepping out on faith. Ideal for artists, writers, activists, innovators and entrepreneurs in any field.
Jan. 4 – Feb. 14 – Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create Dynamic Dramatic Monologues About Healing and Transformation for Performance, with Kelly DuMar: There’s beauty and meaning to mine from your life story, and this workshop will help you artistically express what you’ve overcome and achieved, and creatively share your experience to benefit others through the medium of theatre. You’ll learn how to write successful dramatic monologues based on your life that are personally meaningful, emotionally satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. In class, through thematic writing prompts and creative exploration, you’ll develop your ordinary and extraordinary life experiences into powerful, dramatic monologues that can be performed – by you or an actor – with universal appeal. In class meetings will present elements of dramatic structure and explore the artistic qualities necessary for an effective dramatic monologue. We’ll explore the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up. New writing will be generated in and out of class, shared in class and aspects of revision will be presented and practiced. Beginning and experienced writers in any genre are welcome!
Feb. 15 – March 13 – Soulful Songwriting: How To Begin, Collaborate, And Finish Your Song, with Kelley Hunt: Songwriting can serve as a surprising pathway to celebrating, healing, and telling the stories our souls want to tell. We all know a great song when we hear one, but how do we go about writing our own, whether just beginning or well-seasoned in songwriting? In this class we’ll explore the basics of songwriting, including how to craft great lyrics, the A to Z’s of what makes a song work, writing from prompts, tips on how to collaborate with other songwriters, melding music & lyrics and more. You’ll give feedback and encouragement to other participants and have the opportunity to submit your work-in-process for review and suggestions. There will be online discussions, videos, readings and resources to peruse, and specific examples from established songwriters to help inspire your creativity. Plus, we’ll have two 40 – minute conference calls to get to know one another and discuss questions and topics voice-to-voice. Plan on spending at least 1-3 hours on class assignments each week.
Feb. 15 – March 27 – Living Out Loud: Healing Through Storytelling and Writing, with Regi Carpenter: This class employs both the spoken and written word as a channel for the places within us that want change, growth and transformation. Through readings, online discussions, videos, writing, and reflection participants craft and share their understanding of what is most meaningful in their lives and the experiences and events we cling to that are no longer true. Participants should plan on spending 3-5 hours on class assignments each week. We will also have one 40-minute conference call (time to be determined in concert with everyone’s schedules), in the middle of the class, to get to know one another and discuss questions and topics voice-to-voice. This class is ideal for a wide variety of people, including professionals who want to infuse TLA into their teaching, counseling, pastoral work, arts collaboration, and community work; writers, storytellers, performers and other artists who want to develop their facilitation of writing, songwriting, expressive arts, drama therapy and community theater, collaborative arts, storytelling, and integrated arts; and perspective or current students or alumni of TLA studies.
March 27 – May 8 – Changing the World with Words: Transformative Language Arts Foundations, with Joanna Tebbs-Young: This thorough introduction to Transformative Language Arts (TLA) encompasses the personal and the global, the contemporary and the historic, and how TLA can be practiced through writing, storytelling, performance, song, and collaborative, expressive and integrated arts. Each week includes short readings, a lively discussion, and invigorating writing prompts to help you articulate more of your own TLA callings. Participants should plan on spending 3-5 hours on class assignments each week. We will also have two 40-minute conference calls (time to be determined in concert with everyone’s schedules), at the beginning and end of the class, to get to know one another and discuss questions and topics voice-to-voice. This class is also required for TLA Foundations Certification.
March 27 – May 8 – The Five Senses and the Four Elements: Connecting with the Body and Nature Through Poetry, with Angie River: We move our bodies through this world, experiencing it daily, but often not connecting with either the world or our selves in a conscious and intentional way. This six-week class will help us to slow down, breathe deeply, and experience our bodies in this world. Through a variety of readings and texts, online discussions, and creative writing exercises, participants will investigate what it means to be in their bodies in the natural world. Participants will be invited to engage in the natural world in whatever means possible for them – be that on a park bench in a busy city, through an apartment window in the suburbs, camping in a forest, walking through open fields, or working in a garden – and to embrace their bodies in their current state of being. Creative writing will focus on the senses of the body, the elements of nature, and the ways we can be more aware of those things in our daily life. We will explore these themes through various forms of poetry including traditional nature-based forms such as the bantu, haiku, and renga, as well as forms such as the pantoum, free verse,and communal writing. This class is ideal for anyone wanting to get more in touch with themselves or the world around them, and those wishing to expand their creative practices. Participants should expect to spend around three to four hours per week on this class.
Summer of 2016 features a class on social justice playwriting with Darren Canady, a class on right livelihood and making a living through TLA, and more!