UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Creatures of the Sea: Deep Writing the Marine

(Co-taught with Sierra Nelson)

Richard Hugo House - Registration coming soon!

SATURDAYS 10a - 1p, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19

How can a plot twist like a herring ball? How can characters sing like a pod of orcas? How can an image bioluminesce? This class expands our writing by borrowing synesthetic possibilities from marine creatures, providing eclectic generative prompts using poetic, scientific, and movement sources to spawn creative processes. Most writing happens in class with some observation homework, culminating in a portfolio of new drafts and an expanded toolbox. All levels welcome; no previous marine or creative writing knowledge required.


    photo by erica keeling

 

photo by erica keeling

 

I offer workshops in writing, movement, visual art and the discipline behind multidiscipline. In addition to that, I'm available for one-on-one writing consultation on projects ranging from grant applications to cover letters, online dating profiles to wedding invites, and everything in between. 

I've also been known to facilitate Strategic Planning Meetings helping organizations figure out how to figure it out.


PAST WORKSHOPS

CREATIVE PROCESS: LIGHTS! SOUND! VIDEO! Plugging into the Multidiscipline! - Velocity Dance Center - SEA - Sept/Oct 2017

In this workshop series, we’ll cover the basics of lighting and sound design, programming in QLAB, the difference between a XLR, RCA, VGA and DMX cable, how to talk basic tech to a tech person, how to write a tech rider, navigating site specific and other non-conventional venues, and other related topics. We will also explore the creative process and how it is influenced by the addition of tech (lights/sound/video). Participants will be able to experiment and field test with different lighting fixtures (incandescents, LED’s, practicals, etc.), video projectors, and sound systems to see how they shape, mold and develop preexisting or improvised work.

 

BODY LANGUAGE: Exploring Your Secondary Intelligence - Hugo House - SEA - Aug 2017

(Co-facilitated with Jill Leininger)

Whether you are a dancer wanting to develop your writing, or a writer interested in how movement can bring new ideas to the surface, this writing workshop will consider what might happen if and when we let our “secondary processor” take the reins. We’ll discuss how choreographers think about and notate their creative processes and, through in-class exercises, we’ll borrow from dancers’ ideas about phrasing, repetition, and intrinsic movement to funnel the truest movements of our minds onto the page. Open to dancers, writers, and process-makers of all levels.

 

um, those aren't my eyes: perception and identity in art and performance - Velocity Dance Center - SEA - Oct/Nov 2015

Is what i’m looking at actually happening? Is what i’m putting down being picked up? Does it even matter?

This series will explore the ideas of intention and perception in art with an emphasis on personal narrative and honest performance ie You Doing You On Stage In Front Of People (YDYOSIFOP). Through exercises in writing and movement and open dialog, we will examine the stories we create, the experience of those stories, and the peculiar now and then gap that occurs between the two. Also up for discussion: the interplay between Text, SubText and SuperText. Open and accessible to artists of all disciplines, experience levels and identities.

 

Lying Face Down Forever: Crude Gestures and the Annihilation of Storytelling - Velocity Dance Center - SEA - March 2015

In this series we'll take part in Word and Movement Practices influenced by my studies and experience in science, shamanism, technical theater, and art. Starting with the first letter of the alphabet, H, we’ll convert Particles into Put Together Stories and extract Authentic Physical Movement from Elemental Impulse. From there, an exploration of the dialogue between words and physical movement to create new intersections of depth and meaning will ensue. The workshop is open to all ages and all levels of experience. Bring a journal and writing implement.

 

Social Justice and Media Literacy - Reel Grrls - SEA - 2014

Co-facilitated with Bronwyn Lewis. A workshop geared towards youth on redefining what media is and exploring the possibilities of what it can be through the lens of social awareness. 

 

From Pictures Come Words: 10,000 of Them - The Science of Stories Reverse Engineered from Images - WordStock - PDX - 2013

How does one gain access to the 10,000 words contained in a single photograph? This workshop is an exploration into using photos as source material while learning different methods of incorporating said photos back into storytelling. 

 

Redeciphering Collage Art - Daniel Smith - SEA - 2011

A hands-on workshop series that plays with conveying messages and stories through a patchwork of found and sourced images with focus on intentional composition, self portraiture and integration of language.