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

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.

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!

Strike A Prose Adult Series

Strike A Prose: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Who Am I and Who Are We? (creative nonfiction)

Date:
Tuesday, April 14, 5:30–7:30 PM or Friday, April 17, 10:00 AM–12:30 PM
Location: 8th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $12
Register here.

What does it mean to be “American” in 2020? In this creative nonfiction workshop, you will draw inspiration from Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today, which features 50 artists responding to the current political and social context in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We will employ techniques from fiction and nonfiction writing to explore issues of identity, self-representation, and connectedness, as we tackle exhibition themes such as immigration, race, sexuality, violence, community, and family.

Strike A Prose: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Flash Fiction Inspired by Films in The Outwin 2019 (fiction)

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 5:30–7:30 PM or Friday, April 24, 10:00 AM–12:30 PM
Location: 8th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $12
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In this creative writing workshop, you will develop flash fiction inspired by the short videos in Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today, which features 50 artists responding to the current political and social context in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We will watch and discuss videos featured in the exhibition, and practice writing characters, setting, conflict, and action for flash fiction stories that grab readers’ attention. 

Strike A Prose: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Words Have Power (poetry)

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 5:30–7:30 PM or Friday, May 1, 10:00 AM–12:30 PM
Location: 8th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $12
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In this poetry writing workshop, you will draw inspiration from Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today, which features 50 artists responding to the current political and social context in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We will discuss how to use works of art to inspire your writing; how to experiment with voice, rhythm, and form; and how to develop poems that communicate a social message, connect with readers, and tell a compelling story.


Strike A Prose Youth Series

Strike A Prose – High School Edition
Creative Writing to Create Change

Date: Saturday, May 9, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 8th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $12
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Your words can change the world. In this creative writing workshop, you will write stories and poems that tackle pressing social and political issues and express your ideas and feelings about the world around you. We will draw inspiration from Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today, which features 50 artists responding to the current political and social context in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and depicts diverse people and experiences. Open to participants ages 14-18.

Strike a Prose: Elementary School Edition
Write Stories Inspired by Art

Date: Saturday, May 16, 10:00 AM– 11:30 AM
Location: 8th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $12
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Do you love writing stories? In this creative writing workshop, you will write stories inspired by the people portrayed in Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today. You will learn how to write characters, settings, conflict, and action to develop fictional stories. Outwin 2019 features 50 artists responding to the current political and social context in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and depicts diverse people and experiences. Open to participants ages 9-11. Participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Strike a Prose: Middle School Edition
Write Your Story

Date: Saturday, May 30, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 8th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $12
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What makes you uniquely you? In this creative writing workshop, you will write stories and poems that explore how you see yourself, and how you connect to your friends, family, and the world around you. We will draw inspiration from Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today, which features 50 artists responding to the current political and social context in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and depicts diverse people and experiences. Open to participants ages 11-14. Participants must be accompanied by an adult.


Past Events

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