Agape Editions is proud to offer virtual workshops and seminars from some of our favorite writers.
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Using Tarot To Shape Our Stories
Instructor: Hillary Leftwich
In this two-hour workshop, we’ll utilize Tarot to flush out the unnecessary elements in our writing and focus on the important aspects. We’ll draw cards together and explore what abstractions can be drawn from them. Then, we’ll learn Tarot spreads to help shape our story’s focus and set our intentions, thus pulling our pieces from abstraction into creation.
We’ll also engage with an automatic writing / spirit writing exercise focused on our memories and subconscious minds, and finish the class by producing image touchstones.
Beginner-level Tarot knowledge is recommended for this class, by which we mean you should have a basic working knowledge of whatever deck you will be bringing to use. If you prefer an Oracle deck to the Tarot, please feel free to bring that deck to use instead! Writers of all genres, backgrounds, and writing experience levels are welcome.
This single-session, generative, two-hour workshop will be offered twice:
Workshop 1: Sunday, March 26th
Workshop 2: Sunday, April 2nd
Reserve your space and register for Workshop 1 here.
Reserve your space and register for Workshop 2 here.
Howling Down What’s Mine: Femme Expressions of Rage in Poetry
Instructors: Jessica Walsh and Fox Henry Frazier
This single-session, two-hour, generative workshop will be co-taught by Jessica Walsh and Fox Henry Frazier. At our class meeting, we will discuss concepts of rage and outrage, and the potential powers of anger—particularly of female or femme expression—in poetry. Our guided discussion will draw on craft writing, essays, and lectures. During the latter portion of the class, we will sequentially offer several prompts drawn from favorite poetic works to help you generate your own writing that embraces all the rage! Pre-registration is required, as (small) reading packets will be sent out to participants in advance of the class meeting.
This single-session, generative, two-hour workshop will be offered on April 23rd.
Reserve your space and register here.
Writing Machines: Poetry & Technology
Instructor: Jasmine An
Sunday, May 7th | 10am-12pm EST
In this single-session class, we will explore the act of writing alongside technology. While increasingly advanced forms of Artificial Intelligence such as ChatGPT have recently taken the internet by storm, there is a longstanding and rich tradition of poets writing with / alongside / through technology. During the first half of this workshop, we will read examples of born-digital literature and poetry by writers such as Margaret Rhee, Keith Wilson, Sedhekah Nyatus and others that use technology as the spark for formal innovation. As we read together, we will ask:
How might writing with technology be reframed as a fundamentally collaborative process? How might utilizing technology lead to surprises in our own writing? How might the writer surprise the machine?
During the second half of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to share and receive supportive, constructive feedback from the instructor and the other workshop participants on one piece of their own technologically influenced piece of writing. Together we’ll also share our experiences with and tips for writing in digital forms.
Example texts will be circulated shortly before the workshop date and participants should come ready with a piece (a draft is fine!) to share.
This single-session, two-hour workshop will be offered Sunday, May 7th.
Reserve your space and register here.
Cupid’s Arrows: Returned to Sender
Instructors: Joan Kwon Glass and Fox Henry Frazier
In this one-night class, we will embrace heartbreak and empowerment by studying and writing erasure/blackout poems. Pop songs, magazine articles, and canonical love poems will serve as our potential source texts. Participants may also bring their own texts to use, if desired — and can also think creatively about what materials they want their erasure to incorporate. (Read: those old love letters from your ex? That tube of black lipstick he said made you look “like a goth chick from high school”? BRING ‘EM!) Rage, rage against Cupid’s insipid smile!