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Writers' Workshop: Riverside Voices Public Art Project

Granite Area Arts Council
Event organized by Granite Area Arts Council

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We are beginning a series of Writers' Workshop opportunities which are free and open to the public--you don't have the be a "writer" to participate. If you love to write, want to learn to write, share ideas, like to tell stories, share thoughts about the world and be a part of our growing art community, these workshops are for you! Everybody has to start somewhere.

As we work on the Riverside Voices Art Project along the river, we are looking for people to participate in the creation of the public art. This past fall, a mural was painted on a portion of the flood wall as a "taste" of what is to come for the downtown river walk. Mosaics are also incorporated into the mural. Another major element of this public art will be the written word and that is where you come in.

Words are powerful and the words of a community paint pictures/create feelings of what that community is like and what we project to the outside world that comes to visit and enjoy our community. It is our goal that by sharing and creating images through the written word, we as community members, will be the voices of Granite Falls--that is why everyone is welcome to share their voices. How we speak about our community speaks a lot about us as people.

These workshops are not focused on one style of writing, but all forms of expression through writing: poetry, short story, lyrics, memoir, journal, etc. We will be working on strengthening our expression through writing by choosing words carefully for meaning, expression, musicality and emotional impact. In these workshops, we will explore how writing creatively can help us show others the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary, in a supportive environment for both beginners and those with some experience writing. These workshops will provide encouragement and feedback to help you grow as a writer.

The workshops will be lead by Melanie Gabbert-Gatchell who is an instructor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall where she has taught Creative Writing and has published pieces of poetry.

These writers' workshops are open to all ages and interests--bring pieces that you are working on, have written or ideas that you would like feedback about.

Even if writing is not your "thing" you will be pleasantly surprised at the piece that you will produce because it will be based on something that holds meaning for you (the object that you bring to the first class) and you will create something that you didn't know that you had in you!

Monday, April 23rd starting at 5:30pm at Jimmy's Pizza downtown Granite Falls. We will be meeting in the back room and there will be pizzas available for snacks.
Other dates to be announced, but if you miss a workshop, that is fine! You don't have to come to all of them, just be prepared with a piece of your writing or musings and we will go from there.

Thank you for the efforts of the Granite Falls Chamber, SMAC, and Granite Area Arts Council which provides creative opportunities for Granite Falls and the surrounding communities.