Spring 2018 Workshop Series at The Sou’wester
Plant The Seed Writing Workshop: The Magnificent Practice of Getting Out What Your Heart & Guts Have To Say
with Franciszka Voeltz & Jennifer Morales
Co-led by Franciszka Voeltz and Jennifer Morales, Plant the Seed is a workshop designed to break writers of all levels (including those who don’t call themselves writers) through barriers that keep them from creating the work they are meant to write. Together we will practice moving forward in our writing–without apology. Writers of all genres are welcome to join in the work and play of cracking open our writer-hearts, busting out of our stuck practices, and harnessing the power of what emerges. We will close the workshop by naming new commitments to our writing–planting the seed for future work. If you find any part of you saying “YES!” while reading this workshop description, then this is our personal nudge encouraging you to listen to the yesses! If you struggle with making time for your writing and somehow everything else becomes more important, tell your words you have not abandoned them and put this on your calendar!
From the crossroads of writing and social practice, Franciszka Voeltz writes poems-to-go on a portable typewriter for magnificent strangers in public places, curates a collective poem to the entire planet, and has two decades’ experience facilitating community writing workshops and readings in living rooms, at universities, and everywhere in between. Writing together is her favorite way to be with people. Voeltz’s chapbook POETXTS is available from Imaginary Friend Press, and her work has appeared in journals including Dark Mountain, Analecta Literary Journal, and Adrienne. Voeltz is the recipient of various poetry fellowships including those granted by the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Art Farm. She earned an MFA in Writing from the University of California, San Diego. www.franciszkavoeltz.com
Jennifer Morales is a queer Latina poet, fiction writer, and performance artist whose work across genres wrestles with questions of gender, identity, complicity, and harm. She has led writing workshops for all ages—1st-graders through adults—and has been called (by the adults, not the 1st-graders) “a natural-born teacher.” She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles in 2011. Jennifer’s first book, Meet Me Halfway (UW Press, 2015), a short story collection about life in hyper-segregated Milwaukee, was Wisconsin Center for the Book’s 2016 “Book of the Year.” Reviewers called it “a compelling debut” (Booklist) and Jennifer “an impressively gifted writer” (Midwest Book Review). Excerpts of her unpublished novel, Junction, appeared in The Account (spring 2017) and in Happy Hours: Our Lives in the Gay Bars (Flashpoint, 2017), edited by S. Renée Bess and Lee Lynch. Recent publications also include poems in MAYDAY and in “Pulsamos,” a special issue of Glass Poetry dedicated to the Pulse nightclub victims. She’s the president of the board of the Driftless Writing Center, building literary community in rural Southwestern Wisconsin. www.moraleswrites.com
BRING: Writing tools of your choice (this can be pen/pencils and paper or a laptop or a typewriter – whatever you feel most comfortable writing with). Please bring a sack lunch and/or snack (hot tea and coffee provided).
All workshops are open to the public.
All Skill Levels Welcome. 10 students max.
The Sou’wester Lodge at 3728 J Place, Seaview, WA 98644