Zilka Joseph



Upcoming Workshops! Sign up Soon!‚Äč



1. How the Ear is a Vessel; Three-hour Intensive Workshops


I have designed a set of three workshops, the first of which I offered on Friday May 18.  All three sessions deal with the various ways repetition plays a role in poetry and prose, and the focus on the study and the writing of:

1. Litany, chant, lullaby (Another session on May 25--see below)
2. Pantoum and villanelle (Tentatively Friday June 22)
3. How to read and write a ghazal. (Tentatively Friday July 20)


Each workshop will build on the other but each one is designed as a complete and independent unit, so it will still be beneficial to the writer who may attend only one of three.

I am offering Workshop Part 1 again on Friday May 25. Please let me know ASAP if you can attend!

If you interested in the next two workshops email me to reserve a spot. Thanks.

How the Ear is a Vessel  (Part 1)

Repetition, repetitive patterns and devices in poetry and prose:
A fast-paced workshop where will be write new work inspired by prompts, share (optional), and study poems such as litanies, chants and lullabies from a handout which will have a variety of examples. This workshop focuses on helping paritipants generate new material.
Maximum Number of Participants: 8


When: Friday May 25, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: TBA
Cost: $45


 Please email me to sign up and reserve a spot. I'll send instructions. If you are already on my mailing list please contact me directly. Otherwise email me at zilzone8@gmail.com Please make sure your subject line reads "Three-hour Intensive Workshop". Thanks!


2.. Tuesday Morning Workshops

Starts June 5!

Four workshops: Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 & 26
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Cost $120 (Payment in advance) Single Session $30, if there is room
Venue: Center for the Education of Women, 330 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Time to polish your work and start sending it out! Time to be inspired and write new work! Time to observe things closely and nothing escapes the writer's heart or eye or pen! Join us and feel the pulse of new writing!


We will start with a brief craft discussion based on samples from a handout, offer you prompts  read your poems/pieces and offer focused and helpful critiques. Instructor will provide suggestions and give detailed comments on poems. Prose, hybrid forms, experimental work and anything in between welcome.  Writers preparing work for publication or writers just beginning to explore, all are welcome. All writers will benefit from this workshop! 

6 participants


Please email me to sign up and reserve a spot. I'll send instructions. If you are already on my mailing list please contact me directly. Otherwise email me at zilzone8@gmail.com Please make sure your subject line reads "Creative Writing Workshop". Thanks!

3. "My Story" Memoir Workshops


A set of three workshops, Thursdays May 31, June 7 & 21

10:15 am to 12:30 pm

Cost $75

Venue: TBA

You may be writing the story of you own life, or your mother's, or recording incidents and episodes to share with your family. Or creating a collection to hand down as a legacy to your grandchildren. Your stories are very important! This intensive workshop will help you to hone your skills as a nonfiction writer and help you to "see patterns" in your work and give you tools to develop your ideas. We will read your work, critique it, and offer suggestions--keeping in mind how it fits into your project or larger collection, or if it's a stand-alone piece. If you would like feedback on a finished work/project or you are interested in exploring creative nonfiction and memoir, or are experimenting with hybrid genres you will benefit from this workshop! Beginners welcome! 

Max: 6 participants



4. "Focus-Focus": Creative Writing Workshops

Four Wednesdays, starts June 6!

Four sessions: June 6, 13, 20 & 27
6:30-8:30 pm
Cost: $100 (Payment in advance). Single session $30, if there is room
Venue: TBA


Focus-Focus: This a structured and fast-moving workshop for writers who want critical and focused feedback on what works and what doesn't in their poetry, short fiction, novel excerpts, essays, memoir, plays and any hybrid or experimental forms. The Instructor will give a great deal of attention to each writer and provide critiques and guidance. Though this class is designed for writers preparing work for submission, all writers who want to want to experiment with different genres or who are interested in focusing on their work as art will benefit from this workshop. 
8 participants

Email me directly to sign up. If you are not on my mailing list please email me at zilzone8@gmail.com Please write Creative Writing Workshop in your subject line. Thanks




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