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.

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Upcoming Events

Strike a Prose: Writing Self-Portraits
Date:  
Thursday, March 14, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, March 15, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free

In this writing workshop inspired by Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, we will create writing that reflects on how we see ourselves and how we obscure how others see us. The workshop will incorporate reading, discussion, and creative writing prompts.

Strike a Prose: Finding Footing in a Shifting Landscape
Date: Thursday, March 21, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, March 22, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free

In this creative writing workshop, we will view Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today and develop new writing that explores the complicated ways that we construct our identities in an ever-changing social landscape. The workshop will include reading, discussion, and guided writing prompts that ask tough questions and allow for self-exploration.

Strike a Prose: Close Look at Eye to I
Date: Thursday, March 28, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM or Friday, March 29, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free

In this writing workshop, we will practice writing about visual art, using a critical perspective. We will view Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today in order to discuss curatorial themes and analyze particular works of art. This workshop is perfect for writers interested in writing about visual art critically or developing their ability to use visual art to inspire their creative writing.

Past Events

Strike a Prose, Jr: Creative Writing for Families 

Workshop Inspired by Unseen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Strike a Prose, Jr: Creative Writing for Teens 

Workshop Inspired by Unseen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Strike a Prose: Creative Writing Inspired by Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

Workshop series held in conjunction with Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Classes addressed complex themes such as race, history, family, and identity.

Strike a Prose: Creative Writing Inspired by “UnSeen”

In this series of creative writing workshops, we will draw inspiration from artwork in the exhibition UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales Day and Titus Kaphar to develop new writing. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing prompts will be provided. (April – May 2018)

Sweat of Their Face Writing Workshops

This series of writing workshops will be held in connection with the exhibition “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers” at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition combines art and social history with representations of American laborers across genres and centuries of art. (January 2018)

Sylvia Plath Inspired Writing Workshops

This series of writing workshops hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, was held in conjunction with the exhibition “One Life: Sylvia Plath”. (October 2017)

In Solidarity: RAWI Creative Writing Workshop

RAWI (The Radius of Arab American Writers) is sponsoring a one-day workshop in Washington, DC. As part of a series of  workshops held in different cities, the In Solidarity: RAWI Creative Writing Workshop is designed for Arab-and Muslim-American writers, writers of color, and writers from any marginalized communities. (March 2017)

Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait

This series of writing workshops was hosted at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in conjunction with Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait. (March 2017)

Create Space for Creative Writing in Your Busy Life

Learn how to make time and space for creative writing in your life. In this workshop, we will explore the elements of creative writing and work through exercises designed to help you develop the habits of a successful writer. (May 2016)

Social Justice Writing Workshopsocial justice

In this workshop, we will discuss how to write for different audiences (supporters, critics and the uniformed); how to use data and research to build your content; and how to interview people. This class is open to writers of all levels interested in creating social change. (November 2015)

Twenty Minutes a Day  

Learn how to generate new writing, tackle revisions and even submit your work for publication, using the time you have. (October 2015)

Creative Writing Workshop

Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature offers a creative writing workshop in connection with the Reykjavík International Literary Festival. (September 2015)

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A Happy Writing Hour

The Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature and the Reykjavík International Literature Festival offer a happy writing hour at the Iðnó Theatre festival bar.  (September 2015)

Write Your Own Adventure: Wine & Writing Class

Writing, wine and adventure. Join us for a celebration of the finer points in life in this fun Spanish wine and cheese tasting class and creative writing workshop. (July 2015)