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Word OUT Tampa Bay: Fiction, Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Workshops


Word OUT Tampa Bay: Fiction, Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Workshops

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Word OUT Tampa Bay, June 13-16, is a celebration of LGBTQ+ writers and readers.

This year’s events include a series of writing workshops in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Seating is limited for each workshop. All workshops will be held at the Seminole Recreation Center.

Date: Saturday, June 15

Cost: $18 per workshop in advance; $25 at the door

Attend two workshops: $30 in advance; $47 at the door

Attend three workshops: $45 in advance; $65 at the door

Email WordierThanThou@gmail.com for more information.

Walking Poets in Nature

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Description: At the beginning of the workshop, we’ll read two poems: “Gardening” by Jay Hopler and “Unloose” by Heather Sellers.

We’ll then take a walk outside and take handwritten notes or phone photos of things we see, hear, smell, touch, feel, think. Notice the birds! Hear the woman on her front porch. After we get a little sweaty, we’ll come back inside and write lines of a poem, then read these pieces to each other. The rest of the time will be spent in discussion of our current poetry projects.

Instructor: Tyler Gillespie’s poems have been published in The Los Angeles Review, Prelude, Columbia Poetry Review, PANK, and Wisconsin Review. He’s the author of Florida Man: Poems (2018).


LGBTQ Memoir Writing Workshop

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Description: Bring pen and paper, or a keyboard if you prefer, and be prepared to work through a guided exercise. The plan is to write the bones of a short piece within this 90-minute workshop.

Instructor: Gale Massey’s debut novel, The Girl from Blind River, received a 2018 Florida Book Award and debuted in the time-honored Book of the Month Club. Her award-winning stories and essays have appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Sabal, Seven Hills Press and other places.

She has received a fellowship at The Sewanee Writers Conference and Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Massey, a Florida native, lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.


At the Crossroads: Writing from an Intersectional Identity

Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Description: At the Crossroads is a generative workshop that challenges writers to explore intersections of race, gender, sexuality, ability, and class in their writing and their characters. Writers will engage in a combination of nonfiction and fiction writing exercises to generate authentic, complex narratives to inform their current and future writing projects.

Instructor: A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Sheree L. Greer is a writer and educator living in Tampa, Florida. She founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of women writers of color and is the author of two novels (Let the Lover Be and A Return to Arms), a short story collection (Once and Future Lovers), and a student writing guide (Stop Writing Wack Essays.)

Sheree is a VONA/VOICES alum, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice grantee, and Ragdale Artist House Rubin Fellow. She has completed Creative Capital Core Skills workshops and was awarded an NEA artist grant to support her current work in creative nonfiction. Sheree teaches composition, creative writing, fiction workshop, and African American literature at St. Petersburg College in Florida.

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