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414-263-5001
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Genre Switching: How to, When to, and Why?
with LeAnne Howe
Saturday, October 25, 2-5pm
$35 / $30 members
Conducted Improvisation
with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Saturday, December 6, 12pm-3pm
$35 / $30 members

414-263-5001
to register
Genre Switching: How to, When to, and Why?
with LeAnne Howe
Saturday, October 25, 2pm-5pm
$35 / $30 members

Genre Switching workshop with LeAnne Howe

LeAnne HoweFiction? Poetry? Creative non-fiction? What form should I use in telling my story? These are questions every writer must ask. In this workshop participants will write a single story in three different genres: fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry; and then, edit and weave what they have written in workshop into a single story making use of all three genres. Such exercises around genre switching will help each writer find the right frame for their story. By learning how to include multiple genres in a single story, each writer will also develop vocabulary, tone, and point of view, all necessary elements of the craft.

To prepare for the workshop, the author suggests that you read from her work: Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Novel, or Choctalking On Other Realties. Both books are layered with multi-genres.

LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. As a scholar and artist she has won multiple national and international awards including the 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, an American Book Award, and an Oklahoma Book Award. She is the author of novels, plays, short stories, essays, creative non-fiction, screenplays and poetry. Her latest books include, Choctalking on Other Realities, Aunt Lute Books, 2013, a memoir about her travels abroad; and, the co-edited anthology Seeing Red, Hollywood's Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film, Michigan State University Press, 2013. In 2010-2011, Howe was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Amman, Jordan. She's the John Olin Eidson Professor in English at the University of Georgia, Athens.


414-263-5001
to register
Conducted Improvisation
with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Saturday, December 6, 2pm-5pm
$35 / $30 for Woodland Pattern members
workshop fee includes a ticket to the reading at 7pm the night before


Conducted Improvisation

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs What do the tongue and the ear want you to deal with? Through a writing exercise, a language lesson, some translation/mistranslation, and Butch Morris' theory of conducted improvisation, we'll explore sound and voice, the natural and the artificial as kinfolk, and allow the uncomfortable to become comfortable. Please bring one poem—by you or a favorite poet—that speaks in two or more languages, voices, or dialects. In the spirit of conducted improvisation, we'll work with these poems as we compose our own.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna* 2013). She has been published widely and her performance work has been featured at The Kitchen, Exit Art, Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney, MoMa and The Walker Center. As a curator/director, she has staged events at El Museo del Barrio, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Symphony Space and BAM Café. A recipient of several awards, LaTasha, along with Greg Tate, are the founders and editors of Coon Bidness, yoYo SO4.

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