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Journaling as Creative Discovery

JUL 19 & 21, 5:30–7:00 PM CDT | $80 USD (10% OFF FOR MEMBERS)

Guide your writing practice toward a place of deeper understanding, commitment, and creativity in your writing vis a vis the genre of journal writing. We’ll look at and discover different approaches — ways to go deeper with our writing ideas and exploring them throughly through the art and practice of dynamic journaling, where we will answer our own most pressing questions and find our voice, subject matter, and deepest themes, among other things!

In both a talk and a series of connected prompts, the instructor leads writers toward subject matter and theme and voice through responsive jounrnaling that contains “sketching with words” a la Jack Kerouac; Dialoguing with Past and Future; Epistolary sequences to various aspects of self, among others. It is an insightful and generative time that includes thinking about literature, art, time, and place.

ELIZABETH A.I. POWELL is the author of three books of poems, most recently Atomizer (LSU Press). Her second book of poems, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances was a Small Press Bestseller and named a “Books We Love 2016” by The New Yorker. Her novel, Concerning the Holy Ghost’s Interpretation of JCrew Catalogues was published in 2019 in the U.K. Her work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Women’s Review of Books, West Branch, and elsewhere. She is Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Professor of Creative Writing at Northern Vermont University. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Learn more at
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Upcoming EVENTS

Poetry Mesa: A Night with Pablo Neruda | JUL 12 | 5:00 PM CDT | Free

Silent Write | JUL 14 | 7:30 PM CDT | Free

Distinguished Speaker Series: Danielle Trussoni & Julie Metz | JUL 18 | 6:00 PM CDT | Pay what you wish: $5$50

In Focus: Gabrielle Brie  | Tap Dancing on a Hot Skillet | JUL 23 | 5:00 PM CDT | Free

Workshops Scheduled in JULY

Blah, Blah, Blah: When Dialogue Falls Flat (And How to Fix It!) | Nicole Persun | JUL 19 & 21 | 3:00 PM CDT

Journaling as Creative Discovery | Elizabeth Powell | JUL 19 & 21 | 5:30 PM CDT

The Changing Face of Publishing: What All Authors Need to Know | April Eberhardth | JUL 20 & 22 | 3:00 PM CDT

Dramatic Conflict: The Engine That Moves Your Story Forward | Dale Griffiths Stamos | JUL 19 & 20 | 5:30 PM CDT

EN ESPAÑOL | Espectáculo de Cuentacuentos: El Popol Vuh, narración oral | Literatura para niños, niñas y jóvenes | Bernardo Govea | JUL 15, 11:00 AM CDT | Gratuito

EN ESPAÑOL | RaPoesía | Narrativa | Oscar Plazola | JUL 22 & 23, 5:30 PM CDT | Gratuito

Other FICTION Workshops

Writer’s Toolbox | Joseph Boyden | AUG 16 & 18 | 5:30 PM CDT

Breaking the Rules of Fiction | Terry Persun | SEP 20 & 22 | 5:30 PM CDT


Bang Out Your Book Proposal! | Publishing | Anna Knutson Geller | JUL 22 – SEP 30, 5:00 PM CDT

Memoir: How to Create Unforgettably Vivid Moments Your Readers Will Never Forget | Life Story | Laura Davis | OCT 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Savings of up to US$50 over individual pricing
$140 USD
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