Write@253 Upcoming Offerings

17 Apr

Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprises have transformed spaces throughout downtown Tacoma, and one of those enterprises was Write @ 253. The free, nonprofit community writing center filled a vacant storefront at 1310 Martin Luthur King, Jr Way from April to October 2012 through the Spaceworks program. They transitioned into a lease for that storefront and are still there today providing resources and support to the Tacoma students who stop by.

They have three workshops and two tutoring programs happening in the near future. Maybe one of them will strike your fancy.

Writing Workshop for Health Care Professionals
Ernest Hemingway said: There’s nothing to writing. All you have to do is sit down and bleed. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Writing can be spontaneous, fun and energizing! Join colleagues and writing teacher Judy Cromett at write @253 to embark on a journey of discovering—or re-discovering–the rich rewards of writing. Together we will learn to write clearly and concisely, write descriptively, enjoy writing, jump-start our writing, revise and strengthen our writing.

When:  Six Tuesdays, every two weeks, beginning April 9:  April 9, 23, May 7, 21, June 4 and 18.
Where: write @253, 1310 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Tacoma
Time:  7-9 pm
Cost:  $120. Scholarships are available. This is for everyone.
To register or for more info contact: Mary Fox, mfox@tacomacc.edu

PLU @253
Join letterpress artist Jessica Spring and her students from Pacific Lutheran University’s Elliot Press for a series of free letterpress workshops titled PLU @253. Elementary and middle school students will ink type and press the type to paper to produce an image and make journals, bookmarks, paper and even T-shirts with our own hands.

When:  Three Wednesdays:  April 10, May 8, and June 12
Where:  write @253, 1310 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Tacoma
Time:  3:30-5:30 pm
Free, supplies provided. This is for everyone.
For more info contact:  Samantha Loete, samanthaloete@yahoo.com

Body as Landscape — The Hilltop Women’s Writing Collective
Jennifer Berney leads the third workshop of the year for the collective. What stories do we tell ourselves about our bodies? More importantly, what stories do our bodies tell about us, our lineage, the choices we’ve made, and where and how we’ve lived our lives? Think of scars, tan lines, stretch marks, a pinched shoulder. Think of a mannerism passed from mother to daughter.  In this two-hour workshop we’ll try to quiet our minds and connect with our bodies. We’ll allow body, not brain, to dictate the stories we tell. We’ll attempt to differentiate between the stories we’ve been told about our bodies and the truths they actually hold.

Jennifer lives in Olympia, where she raises two sons, teaches writing, and tries to find time for everything else she loves, namely baking and long distance running. Her essays have appeared in Hunger Thirst and Raven Chronicles; she recently won the Hugo House New Works award for her short memoir “Terminus”. Jennifer’s short stories have appeared in various literary journals including The Salt River Review and Barn Owl Review. Her favorite thing about teaching is the chance it affords her to glimpse the inner worlds of people she might otherwise only meet in passing

The Hilltop Women’s Writing Collective is a group of talented, creative women of all ages, backgrounds and writing levels who explore and celebrate themselves, their histories, and their community through creative writing projects. They empower each other through refining the writing used in everyday life and are driven to speak and challenge the women they once knew themselves to be, asking them to be greater than before and to speak for out for those who cannot or will not speak. Whether you think of yourself as a writer or not, come and be with the group as members explore the art of storytelling with each other.

When:  Saturday, April 20, 12 to 2:30 pm
Where:  write @253, 1310 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Tacoma
Free, refreshments provided. This is for everyone.
RSVP: hilltopwomenwrite.253@gmail.com.
For more info contact: http://hilltopwomenwrite253.blogspot.com/

Hilltop after-school homework help and writing enrichment
Volunteers help students kindergarten through high school with their homework and lead writing activities.

When:  Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30 pm
Where:  write @253, 1310 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Tacoma
Free
For more info contact:
Mary Fox, mfox@tacomacc.edu

Salishan after-school homework help and writing enrichment
Volunteers help students kindergarten through high school with their homework and lead writing activities.

When:  Tuesday-Thursday, 3:30-5 pm
Where: Family Investment Center, Salishan, 1724 E. 44th St. Tacoma
Free
For more info contact:
Mary Fox, mfox@tacomacc.edu

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