ROLLING UP OUR SLEEVES
Showing up wholeheartedly to the work and play of the writer’s life
Wednesday, August 7 - Sunday, August 11, 2019
Designed by Jennifer Morales and Franciszka Voeltz, “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.
All meals and snacks are provided. There are 260 acres of wild(ish) prairie on which to wander, a pond for swimming, a porch for relaxing with a glass a wine. Best of all, in Franciszka Voeltz and Jennifer Morales, we have champions, guides and teachers who will help us craft what is waiting to explode onto the pages.
What to expect from this multi-day workshop
Exploration of the generate/assess/revise/submit process.
A wealth of generative exercises to help move you through any stuck places.
Immersion in a delightful and hardworking community of writers.
Compassionate peer feedback.
Strategies for choosing which work to revise.
Tools for submitting work: a writer’s bio, cover letter, and at least one submission platform account.
Commitments for writing and sharing your work with the world.
Round table discussions (possible topics include: why we write, creating the writer’s life you want, writing as activism).
Prompts for optional early-morning individual writing.
Optional: Participant reading for the community.
Mandatory: Magic, play, discovery, unearthing, bravery and growth.
$525 per person
includes ALL meals and instruction
"The summer Writers' Workshop of 2017 has been one of my single most influential experiences of touching pen to paper. Thank you Franciszka and Jennifer for sharing your encouragement and expertise in both writing and group facilitation. The latter brought the workshop members together as fast friends and allies in a few short days. Highly recommended to anyone interested in exploring and/or honing their written expression."
~Robby L., 2017 Writers' Workshop participant
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS
From the crossroads of writing and social practice, Franciszka Voeltz writes poems-to-go for the public on a portable typewriter and facilitates community writing events and workshops. Her chapbook POETXTS is available from Imaginary Friend Press, and her work has appeared in journals including Dark Mountain, Analecta Literary Journal, and Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women. A Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and Art Farm fellow, she earned an MFA in Writing from the University of California, San Diego and currently lives/works in Northeast Missouri at a collective farm project that grows 80 percent of their food. Since 2000, Franciszka has mentored writers and led writing workshops through non-profits, independently and at the university level. The most impactful work of her life has been creating space for other writers (often marginalized or underserved communities) to tell important stories (whether from their own lives or from fictional worlds) in the form of poems, plays, stories and essays. To learn more about Franciszka, visit her website.
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 herunpublished novel, Junction, appeared in The Account (spring 2017) and in Happy Hours: Our Lives in 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.
"You have encountered a workshop with a flashing neon sign above its figurative entrance: "For a heady, intoxicating taste of transformative personal and community power, inquire within". Enter. Bring your insecurities, disclaimers, embarrassments, and reluctance to claim yourself a "real writer" so that you can feel the exhilaration of casting each hindrance aside incrementally over the ensuing days. Catalyze your cathartic transformation with nourishing silence, even more nourishing laughter, yummy food, authentic support and respect from kindred souls, delight in playing with words, and the clarity that comes with feeling truly heard. The result is awe that empowerment isn't something that happens to special people somewhere else. It is ours to claim together right here and now.
~Amie B., 2017 Writers' Workshop participant
The 2017 Writers' Workshop Crew.
PS While there are a lot of typewriter references here, please know that your computer is welcome. Some exercises will be written old-school long-hand, but the rest of the time your fingers will be free to fly. Please bring writing materials (pen/notebook encouraged, computers welcome also).
Your weekend will get an early start: we’ll gather at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday (8/11) to get settled and have a tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a glass of wine (beer, soda or sparkling water) at the Mercantile and get acquainted. After dinner we'll have an introduction to the next three & 1/2 days. Below is a sample of what our days might look like.
Tentative look at a day of writing:
7:00 coffee and tea available
7:30 - 8:30 Early morning pages free-write (quiet, on the porch)
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 two-hour writing circle
11:00 - 11:30 snack/drink/bio break
11:30 - 12:30 themed round table discussion
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch and Break
2:00 - 4:00 two-hour writing circle
4:00 - 5:30 private writing
5:30 - 6:30 Happy Hour/private time
7:30 - 9:00 evening readings
includes ALL meals and instruction
$525 per person
One-half of workshop fee and one-half of accommodations charge are due at time of reservation;
balance due upon check-in. Full refund (less $25 accounting fee) returned with a full 7 days notice.
Less than 7 days notice for a cancellation will result in loss of deposit.
"I’m a 64 year old dentist who inherited my wife’s food column for an alternative weekly newspaper upon her passing. It was very intimidating to sign up for a writer’s workshop with “real” writers, but I really needed some coaching. My sense of intimidation quickly diminished however. Never have I been in a kinder, safer educational environment. Both the quality of my writing and my self-confidence have made major leaps. I’ve attended 2 workshops so far, and I am anxious to return for my third!"
~ Peter G., 2017 Writers' Workshop participant
ACCOMMODATIONS (not included in Workshop fee)
A ROOM IN THE MILKWEED MERCANTILE (pictured above)
Four nights $225 for a single, $275 for two guests.* For the Rachel Carson Room, add $40 for a third guest.
Aldo Leopold Room (left photo, above) - Upstairs, king bed
David Brower Room (center photo, above) - Upstairs, queen bed
Rachel Carson Room (right photo, above) - Upstairs, queen & twin beds
Wallace Stegner Room(not pictured) - Downstairs, two twins, available only to those requiring an accessible room.
*A $30 cleaning fee will be added to each room
Mercantile overflow - If the Mercantile fills up, there are also rooms available in a neighbor's comfortable house, located less than one mile from the Mercantile. Rooms there are priced the same as the Mercantile's. Please contact our innkeeper with any questions.
Questions? Give us a call at 660-883-5522!