A Chance for Beginner and Experienced Writers to Learn from a Gifted Teacher
Where can you attend a three-hour writing workshop led by a Pushcart-nominated author and not have to blow an entire paycheck? The ReadOut 2020 writing workshop at the Gulfport Library, Sunday, February 2nd, from 9 AM – Noon, is your golden opportunity!
As part of ReadOut 2020, the three-day festival that brings together writers and readers of lesbian literature, in Gulfport, Florida, Friday, January 31st – Sunday, February 2nd, acclaimed Tampa author and St. Petersburg College writing professor Sheree L. Greer will lead a writer’s workshop titled, “You are the Protagonist: Using Your Experiences to Create Compelling Fiction and Non-Fiction.”
Among her many accomplishments, Greer has published two novels, Let the Lover Be (a Rainbow Award Finalist) and A Return to Arms, which is set in St. Petersburg and follows the main character, Toya, as she explores living and loving while working to uplift her community, as it confronts a controversial police shooting. She is the author of a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers, and her most recent work, “Bars,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Through her non-profit organization, Kitchen Table Literary Arts, Greer has found a way to deliver her powerful formula for inspiring and supporting women writers of color, but Greer’s wisdom, experience and enthusiasm for turning even the most hesitant of scribblers into passionate writers has proven effective for participants from all backgrounds.
Adrien Julious, who has attended other Kitchen Table workshops offered this recommendation: “The workshops at Kitchen Table have changed my life. I used to think that I had to find time and money to go back to school for an MFA. With the workshops I’ve learned writing skills to further my writing career on my own time at a very affordable price. I highly recommend them to every writer I know.”
Greer describes “You are the Protagonist” as a program that asks writers to “deeply consider the power of their own personal challenges and triumphs in crafting compelling fiction and nonfiction. The interactive workshop features exercises in memory-mining, exploratory free-writing and reflection-based revision. Writers will also have an opportunity to share their work.”
Greer adds, “I’m just really looking forward to pushing writers to look inward for story, rather than following trends or re-hashing age-old tropes. My vision for the workshop is getting people to love themselves and appreciate their own journeys as inspiration for storytelling.”
Participants are asked to bring writing materials and an adventurous, positive attitude.
If you are interested in attending the ReadOut writer’s workshop with Sheree L. Greer, go to gulfportreadout2020.brownpapertickets.comk to register. A suggested donation of $25 is asked for the workshop, if you register by January 15th. Pay the suggested donation of $35, when you register for the workshop after that.
To see the full schedule of ReadOut 2020 events, go to gulfportreadout2020.brownpapertickets.com. Registration for the free ReadOut events is not required, but you can register to get event reminders. To round out your weekend plans, snap up tickets to see the popular dancer-poet performance art duo, Nia & Ness, at niaandness.brownpapertickets.com, or get them, in-person, at Beach Bazaar, in Gulfport. Nia & Ness are also a part of ReadOut 2020, and will perform their newest evening-length piece, “home.” 8 PM Saturday, February 1st, at the Catherine Hickman Theater, in Gulfport. The suggested donation for Nia & Ness, who wowed crowds at MichFest, is $20 for early access, choice seating, at 7 PM. General admission seating, for the suggested donation of $15, starts at 7:30 pm.