Plant the Seed Writing Workshop - April 21

April 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

(Please note: in order to officially sign up, please Email with MPLS PLANT THE SEED REGISTRATION as the subject line. Thank you!)

Plant The Seed Writing Workshop: The Magnificent Practice of Getting Out What Your Heart & Guts Have To Say with Franciszka Voeltz & Jennifer Morales

Participation limited to 12 people, sign up early to save your spot!

Co-led by Franciszka Voeltz and Jennifer Morales, Plant the Seed is a workshop designed to break writers of all levels (including those who don't call themselves 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 genres are welcome 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 that might contribute to shaping a future world.
If there is anytime to be giving voice to what you have to say, isn't it now?

The four hour workshop will include:

• Generative exercises to help you create fresh work and break you out of habitual patterns
• Activities to help you uncover the message/s you have for the world
• Peer feedback
• Commitments for writing
• A digital takeaway packet containing resources for generating further writing and getting it out into the world

About the workshop instructors:About your instructors:
Jennifer Morales is a poet, fiction writer, and performance artist living in rural Wisconsin. Meet Me Halfway, her collection of short stories about race relations in Milwaukee (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015), was selected by the Wisconsin Center for the Book as 2016 Book of the Year, among other honors. Recent publications include poetry in MAYDAY Magazine, Glass Poetry Journal, Kenning Journal, Stoneboat, and I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin, and fiction in The Long Story and Temenos.

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. 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. Franciszka earned an MFA in Writing from the University of California, San Diego.

COST: sliding scale $25-100 (pay what it's worth/what you can - please be in touch about other options if this is out of your range.) 10% goes back into Boneshaker to keep it open and running as the wonderful community resource that it is, the rest goes to funding this tour.

BRING: Writing tools of your choice (this can be pen/pencils and paper or a laptop or a typewriter - whatever you feel most comfortable writing with).

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION FOR THIS SPACE: The workshop will be held in a street-level room with direct access to the sidewalk. An all-gender, single-occupant, wheelchair-accessible bathroom is available in the building beside the workshop. Please leave a message to contact organizers about any needs or questions for participants. Please note, though, that the parking available is on the street, not in the lot in front of the building.

Questions? Email