Events

Writing with Willona is my collection of writing workshops and networking events. To be added to the mailing list, please email willonasloan@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Strike a Prose: High School Edition
Date: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $12
Register here.

Spalding

Esperanza Spalding by Sandrine Lee, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

In this creative writing workshop, we will gain inspiration from the portraits and words of icons such as Michelle Obama, LL Cool J, and Toni Morrison, who are featured in the National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Contemporary Americans.” We will explore themes such as social justice, hope, and the American Dream, and write our own stories or poems in response. Open to high school students (in 9th-12th grade).

Strike a Prose: Middle School Edition
Date: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $12
Register here.

In this creative writing workshop, we will gain inspiration from the portraits, lives, and words of Michelle Obama, LL Cool J, and Toni Morrison and others who are featured in the National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Contemporary Americans.” We will view and discuss works of art, learn how to develop characters and settings, and write short stories. Open to middle school students (in 7th and 8th grade). Each participant must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $12 (includes registration for one child and one adult).

Strike a Prose: Elementary School Edition
Date: Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $12
Sold out. Please join the wait list here.

In this creative writing workshop, we will write stories inspired by the portraits of American icons such as Michelle Obama, LL Cool J, and others who are featured in the National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Contemporary Americans.” We will learn how to develop characters, create conflict and action, and use our imagination to write exciting stories. Open to elementary school students (in 4th-6th grade). Fee: $12 (includes registration for one child and one adult).

Sip & Write at Capitol Cider House
Date: Tuesday, March 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 on cider and write! Ernest Hemingway’s daily writing goal was to start by writing “one true sentence.” In this writing workshop, you will practice writing fearlessly, taking risks, and digging for your own version of truth. Open to writers of all levels. Writing prompts will be provided. You will walk away with three new pieces of writing and some new writing buddies. Your ticket also includes one pour of cider!


Past Events

To view past events, please visit the archived event calendar.