Upcoming Workshops

Overhaul: Revision Intensive Weekend, Viroqua, Wisconsin, 12-14 July 2019

If you have a manuscript (or partial manuscript) that you need to overhaul but just can’t seem to begin, join me for an intensive weekend that will kickstart your revision process. Group and individual work sessions will help you address the barriers that are keeping you from digging into your manuscript, remember what you love about it, and discover fresh places and new ways to start revising. You’ll revise and get feedback from your peers and instructor, and leave with a solid work plan for revising the rest of the text. We will maintain an online community after the weekend intensive to help you stay on track.

Hosted by the Driftless Writing Center. Cost: $250 (scholarship and barter opportunities available). Check out the Facebook event page for more information or contact Jennifer at driftlesswritingcenter@gmail.com.

“Rolling Up Our Sleeves” Workshop at the Milkweed Mercantile at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, 7-11 August 2019

Franciszka Voeltz and I are super excited to be offering another multi-day workshop at the ever-fascinating Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Northeast Missouri (NEMO, y’all). We will be hosted by the Milkweed Mercantile at Dancing Rabbit, a sweet eco-inn.

“Rolling Up Our Sleeves” will bring participants together in the dynamic work, play, and risk of creating new writing and getting it out to a broader audience.

In a supportive and encouraging environment, we’ll write our guts out and then roll up our sleeves for the serious business of writing (assessing, revising, and submitting work). Over the workshop’s three full days and two half-days, we’ll write, share, listen and revel in the brilliance. Each participant will choose at least one new piece to shepherd through the revision and submission process with guidance from Franciszka and Jennifer, so we won’t be keeping all this brilliance to ourselves.

Lots more information here, as well as the link to register. Enrollment fee–which includes all meals over the 3 full and 2 half days–is $525.

Plant the Seed Workshop Tour

Read about the weird and wonderful experience that was the Spring 2018 leg of the Plant the Seed Workshop Tour in this newsletter!

I teach these generative workshops with poet-collaborator Franciszka Voeltz in half-day, whole-day, and three-day formats at universities, literary centers, bookstores, living rooms, and wherever else writers may gather to plant new writing. If you’re interested in hosting a Plant the Seed workshop, let us know via the contact form!

PLANT THE SEED Workshop Description

Co-led by Franciszka Voeltz and Jennifer Morales, “Plant the Seed” is a workshop designed to break writers through barriers that keep them from creating the work they are meant to write. Together we will practice moving forward in our writing–without apology. Writers of all levels and genres are welcome (including those who don’t call themselves writers) to join in the work and play of cracking open our writer-hearts, busting out of our stuck practices, and harnessing the power of what emerges. We will close the workshop by naming new commitments to our writing–planting the seed for future work.

3 Formats: Half-day, Full-day, and 3-day workshop (We are open to other formats and to doing public readings.)

Half-Day Workshop (3 hours)

• Generative exercises to help you create fresh work and break you out of habitual patterns

• Peer feedback

• Commitments for writing

Full-Day Workshop (6 hours)

All of the activities listed in Half-Day Workshop, plus:

• Activities to help you uncover the message you have for the world

• Activities to help you identify and address barriers to writing

• Strategies for connecting the body to the writing

• Optional: Participant reading after workshop

3-Day Workshop (3 days of 6 hours each)

All of the activities listed in Half- and Full-Day Workshops, plus:

• Strategies for revising your work

• Strategies for bringing your work to life through performance

• Round table discussions (possible topics include questions of craft, the business of writing, the needs of underrepresented communities, addressing personal barriers to writing, writing for social justice)

• Optional: Participant reading after workshop

• Optional: Impromptu performances in the community

Workshop Leader Bios

From the crossroads of writing and social practice, Franciszka Voeltz writes poems-to-go on a portable typewriter for magnificent strangers in public places, curates a collective poem to the entire planet, and has two decades’ experience facilitating community writing workshops and readings in living rooms, at universities, and everywhere in between. Writing together is her favorite way to be with people. 

Voeltz’s chapbook POETXTS is available from Imaginary Friend Press, and her work has appeared in journals including Dark Mountain, Analecta Literary Journal, and Adrienne. Voeltz is the recipient of various poetry fellowships including those granted by the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Art Farm. She earned an MFA in Writing from the University of California, San Diego. www.franciszkavoeltz.com

Jennifer Morales is a queer Latina poet, fiction writer, and performance artist whose work across genres wrestles with questions of gender, identity, complicity, and harm. She has led writing workshops for all ages—1st-graders through adults—and has been called (by the adults, not the 1st-graders) “a natural-born teacher.” She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University-Los Angeles in 2011. 

Jennifer’s first book, Meet Me Halfway (UW Press, 2015), a short story collection about life in hyper-segregated Milwaukee, was Wisconsin Center for the Book’s 2016 “Book of the Year.” Reviewers called it “a compelling debut” (Booklist) and Jennifer “an impressively gifted writer” (Midwest Book Review). Excerpts of her unpublished novel, Junction, appeared in The Account (spring 2017) and in Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars (Flashpoint, 2017), edited by S. Renée Bess and Lee Lynch. Recent publications also include poems in MAYDAY and in “Pulsamos,” a special issue of Glass Poetry dedicated to the Pulse nightclub victims. She’s the president of the board of the Driftless Writing Center, building literary community in rural Southwestern Wisconsin. www.moraleswrites.com