The Belfast Free Library offers a two session virtual writing workshop “Place is Your Portal...to Writing” on Thursdays, October 1 and 8, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Poet and essayist Linda Buckmaster will lead the workshops on the library’s zoom account.
The workshops are free and open to all.
This will be a user-friendly workshop for anyone of any writing experience (or not). All genres welcome – fiction, poetry, essay, memoir, or something in between. Participants will use writing prompts, exploration of their surroundings, personal memory, and discussion to create new writing that captures a place and lets people tap into themselves.
“We will start with places in your life – childhood, special haunts, significant venues, real time, imaginary, etc,” said the Library, in a news release. “We will expand to other locations in the world, the universe, or the fifth dimension. As Susan Conley says, ‘Place is a vessel for our writing, and a portal that can give us access to the emotional terrain.’”
You can create new writing or expand on something you already have underway. There will be an optional place-based homework assignment between the sessions.
Class size is limited to 12 so registration is required. To register for the zoom link, contact Linda at email@example.com by September 23.
Linda Buckmaster is a poet, essayist, fiction writer, and teacher. Former Poet Laureate of Belfast, her work has appeared in over 40 journals. Her place-based memoir, Space Heart. A Memoir in Stages was published by Burrow Press in 2018. In her classes, she creates a safe environment for participants to explore and try new things.