Givens Foundation Emerging Writers Showcase

#TCWriteEvents: Givens Emerging Writers Showcase

The Givens Emerging Writers’ Mentor Program offers ten emerging Minnesota-based writers the opportunity to work intensively with three nationally acclaimed writers. Selected participants work for six months with the 3 mentors, and all participants and the Minnesota-based mentors give a public reading at the end of the program.

The showcase features readings and performances by 2015 Mentors Mary Moore Easter and Danez Smith, and the 2015 Givens Writing Fellows:

Romelle Adkins
Maya Beck
Stephanie Chrismon
Cherish Gibson
Michael Kleber-Diggs
Irna Landrum
Joi Lewis
Katie Robinson
Erin Sharkey
James Short


Saturday, December 19, 2015
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55408
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David Mura

#TCWriteEvents: David Mura Preview Class for Writers of Color and Indigenous Writers

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These free, informal class sessions, in 3 locations around the Twin Cities are a preview of the free, craft-centered creative writing class David Mura will teach for writers of color and Indigenous writers at the Loft beginning February 3, 2016.

In these preview sessions, Mura will introduce basic craft elements for writing poetry and fiction, engage students in one or two writing exercises, discuss issues related to the writing process (e.g., writer’s block), and touch on issues facing writers of color and Indigenous writers. There will also be a brief discussion about what participants foresee as possible barriers in attending the classes and how to effectively shape a class that would benefit community members. In order to create a safe space for people of color and Indigenous peoples to discuss and write openly about race, this class is only open to writers of color and Indigenous writers (defined as people who are of Native American, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Asian, Asian American, Arab, Middle Eastern, African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Latino/a, Chicano/a, and mixed descent). No preregistration necessary!

There are 3 preview classes offered:

Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6-7:30 p.m., University of MN Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, 55411.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6-7:30 p.m., CHAT (Center for Hmong Arts & Talent), 995 University Ave W, Ste 220, St Paul, 55104.

Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7-8:30 p.m. Cafe SouthSide, 3405 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, 55407.

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