Virtual Workshops: Poems & Zines

Here are two new workshops that I will be hosting online in May and June. Check them out!

DIY Zine Making Workshop

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Date: Saturday, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (dates available in May and June)
Cost: $25
To register, please email me.

During this interactive workshop, you will learn the steps to take to create, publish, and distribute your own zine. Think of this as a crash course in DIY zine-making! We will develop your zine’s mission statement, and do brainstorming exercises and activities that will help you plan the content for your zine.

Bring plenty of paper and a pen, markers, scissors, and glue (if available). You will be asked to bring three images that represent something important to you. We will start to create your zine during the workshop and work on designing your layout.

We will discuss how to develop strong personal essays that express your ideas and perspective. We will talk about best practices for conducting interviews with bands, artists, and activists, and practice developing interview questions that lead to great stories.

Words Have Power: Poetry Writing Workshop

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Date: Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST or Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: $25
Register here

Join us for a celebration of the power of social action poetry! We will draw inspiration from reading and discussion of poems by women of color who have used their words to fight for social justice, and create a poem of our own.

During this workshop, you will practice experimenting with voice, rhythm, and poetic form to develop a poem that communicates a social message, connects with readers, and tells a compelling story. You will also learn how to create a mini-zine to showcase your poem.

Class readings may include works by Joy Harjo, the current United States Poet Laureate; Suheir Hammad; June Jordan; Adrienne Rich; or Natalie Diaz, and participants will be provided with a suggested reading list for additional study.

 

Cook + Write

I am really excited to host this fun workshop that will make even people who hate winter (like me!) enjoy the season.

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Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Cookology Culinary School
Ballston Quarter
4238 Wilson Blvd, Ste 3110,
Arlington, VA, 22203
Cost: $45  Register here

In this wintry-themed writing workshop, which combines comforting cuisine and creative writing, we will gain inspiration from the beauty, wonder, and mystery of winter. We will write short stories with memorable characters, setting, conflict, and action, as we enjoy winter-inspired Nordic comfort foods. You will also learn Nordic recipes through a cooking demo by Ed Hardy, who studied with Sweden-raised celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Menu: Glass of Glögg, dill butter and vasterbotten cheese popcorn, Swedish meatball “slider” with lingonberry and cucumber, gravlax and sour cream on potato gaufrette, and mini pancakes with lingonberry jam and ginger cream.

 

 

 

 

 

Sip & Write at Capitol Cider House on 12/10

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Capitol Cider House, 3930 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20011
Cost: $25 Register here.

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Sip and write! As we wind down 2019, we will use the crazy highs and lows of the past year as inspiration for short stories in this fiction-focused writing workshop. We will discuss techniques for creating characters, snappy dialogue and vivid scenes. You will walk away with three new pieces of writing and some new writing buddies. Open to writers of all levels.

Your ticket also includes one pour of cider! 

May Writing Workshops

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Strike a Prose: Historical Fiction

Date: Thursday, May 2, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, May 3, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,800 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free

With inspiration from “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” we will create works of historical fiction, addressing themes of history, suffrage, democracy and freedom. The workshop will include reading, discussion and guided writing.

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Life as Metaphor: Personal Essay Writing

writing womanLife is beautiful. It’s also messy. In this personal essay writing workshop, writers will use the messiness of real life for inspiration. Participants will practice drawing from experiences, asking hard questions, and diving in deep to reveal their true selves through their creative work.

Join me for this one-day workshop hosted by The Writer’s Center.

Date: Saturday, June 15, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: The Writer’s Center at Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington,DC 20003

Cost: $65 Register

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture explores the beauty and mystery of our world’s ice, and reveals the necessity of ice to our human survival. The project explores the traditions and cultures of people connected to ice from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and raises vital concerns about climate change that can no longer be ignored. As climate change affects the weather and composition of our planet, our ice continues to melt. This reality affects all of us, regardless of where we live.

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Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture, a website (www.blackcoffeevinyl.com) and literary magazine publication, features art, music and literature by artists living and working in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Canada, Germany, US and more. Mixing poetry, essays, interviews, visual art and sound art, the project explores the myriad of ways ice touches our lives.

As the managing editor and curator for the project, I selected work from more than 400 artists from around the world. The work is diverse and thoughtful. I am grateful to the artists’ for their contributions.

Check out the Black Coffee & Vinyl website, and get your copy of the gorgeous literary magazine here.

Raise More Money with Creative Content (Onsite Training)

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Creative content has become a critical part of doing business. How well are you telling your organization’s story?

Whether your goal is to motivate your current donors, reach out to new donors, or secure grant funding, you need stories that convey the impact of your programs and services. If you’re not telling stories, you’re leaving money on the table.

In this one-day training, your team will learn:

  • Best practices for developing stories that inspire and motivate donors.
  • How to find and identify compelling stories.
  • How to plan an annual editorial calendar and production schedule.
  • How to track and evaluate how well your stories are performing.

Willona Sloan has several years of experience as a writer and content developer working with nonprofit organizations. Learn more about how to create a content culture at our organization.

Contact Willona about bringing this training to your organization.

 

Build Cultural Understanding through Creative Writing

Willona Sloan is an experienced workshop facilitator from Washington, DC. She teaches creative writing and arts writing workshops, and hosts the Writing with Willona series of literary social events such as happy hours, wine tastings and dinner parties for shy writers who want to have fun. Willona’s workshops are intended to foster dialogue and increase understanding within our global community.

Contact
Willona M. Sloan
E: willonasloan@gmail.com

Available workshop options include:

Teaching writers at Nordic House in Reykjavik. Iceland

One-Day Writing Workshop
In a one-day seminar that combines reading, discussion and guided and independent writing exercises, students will read selections by U.S. writers of color and generate new writing in response to these works.

Multi-week Writing Workshop
Students will be given weekly reading and writing exercises. Students will read and discuss texts, create new writing and develop a creative project.

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