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#1 Author Chris Cleave & Other Upcoming Events at Writer's Garret
Writer's Garrett

March, 2010

The Writer's Garret

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Upcoming Events

Writers' Block
Intermediate-Advanced CW
Reading / Talk  Chris Cleave & Babatunde Solarin
Chris Cleave Workshop on Voice
Vort Ting


Writers' Block
"The FUTURE OF THE WRITER'S GARRET: Pie in the Sky or a Piece of Cake--You Decide!"

When:  THIS Sunday,
March 21,  1-3 PM
Location: Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus

6115 LaVista
Dallas 75214 [map []]
Join us for a brainstorming
session about the kinds of programs, events, & literary issues that are important
to you!

We want you to be more involved in your literary community! Meet other readers,
thinkers, parents, educators, and writers who care about creativity & the written

Anyone who brings a cake or pie (not cherry or apple--we're bringing those) gets
a 5% discount coupon good for any programming for the next year (that is not a
fundraiser) and a 25% discount coupon for any on-line class. Good with any other

FREE, but we love donations!


Intermediate - Advanced

Creative Writing with
Joe Milazzo,Claudia Meyer,
Trey Smith

Thursdays, April 1 - June 3, 7-9 PM
(10 weeks)

Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista Dr., Dallas 75214

$165 Members /
$195 Others
Early Bird $150
members only) Through this Thursday, March 18
plus optional $20 course fee to cover administrative costs associated with optional
student chapbook (see below)

Register now []

Over the course of ten weeks, we will focus on issues of language, voice, and form
by concentrating on how those issues are at work and play in contemporary literature
and literary approaches (theoretical and craft-based). Students will also have the
opportunity to collaborate on a class-produced chapbook and showcase their writing
with an end-of-semester reading / presentation.

Joe Milazzo is co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization STROPHE, co-editor
of the online journal out of nothing, Associate Editor for Black Clock, and the
Director of Community Education and Outreach at The Writer's Garret. Joe's writings
have appeared in Electronic Book Review, The Dallas Morning News, Chronometry (an
anthology), In Posse Review, Tea Party, Black Clock, Drunken Boat and elsewhere.

Our Sponsors


Cleave []

Reading & Talkwith
the current
#1 New York Times Best selling author
Chris Cleave
Special guest
Babatunde Solarin

When: Friday, March 26, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Where: The Dallas Institute of Humanities []
& Culture []
2719 Routh St. Dallas 75201

$15 Members / $25 Others / $8 teachers and students

Limited space.

Buy Tickets by clicking here [].

The New York Times #1 Best Selling Author, is a columnist for The Guardian newspaper
in London. His first novel, Incendiary [],
was published in twenty countries, shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers'
Prize, and won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, United States Book-of-the-Month
Club's First Fiction Award, and Prix Special du Jury at the French Prix des Lecteurs
2007. Cleave's second novel, Little Bee [],
the harrowing, but often funny story of an unlikely friendship between a Nigerian
teenaged girl and London housewife, was shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Award
for Best Novel and is on numerous lists for "Best Books of 2009." Little Bee is
currently being made into a major motion picture  []starring
Nicole Kidman. Cleave lives in London with his French wife and three mischievous
Anglo-French children. You can learn more about Cleave by clicking here [].

Babatunde Solarin []

A Yoruba, BABATUNDE SOLARINwas born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. He is an
accomplished poet, sought-after storyteller, and winner of a 2006 Highlights' Book
Award for his featured tale "In the Footsteps of Mama Bobo." His stories are modeled
in the tradition of the ancient West African Griots.

Call 214.828.1715 to learn more, visit our website [],
or buy tickets here []

Chris Cleave []

ALSO Workshop Taught by #1 NewYork Times
Best-selling Author
Chris Cleave
Limited to 20 students; advanced registration required

Topic: "The Power of Voice" Workshop & Class
When: Saturday, March 27, 10 AM - 12 Noon
Where: The Writer's Garret []

$65 Members (book included) / $85 Others
Limited to 20 students

Register by clicking here [].
Call 214.828.1715 to learn more, visit our website [],
or register now by clicking here []

Vort Ting: Poetry & Prose Discussion Group

Mondays, 7 - 9:30 PM
Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus
6115 LaVista  Dallas 75214
"Vort Ting" is Danish for "Our Thing"

April 5- April 26: "Witness Poets of Africa,"


This section of Vort Ting will examine the works and circumstances of African contemporary
poets who were witnesses to a century of liberation from colonialism, civil wars,
and Apartheid. As poet-witnesses, they merged their worlds of chaos to create poetry
that froze their experiences and distilled those events so as to be able to teach
us about them. Like much good poetry, it transports us to a place of metaphysical
truth. The "Witness-Poets of Africa" whom we will discuss are Niyi Osundare, Gabriel
Okara, Wole Soyinka, John Pepper Clark, Ben Okri, Kofi Awoonor, Costa Andrade, Ingrid
de Kok, and Syl Cheney-Coker.
May 3 - May 24: "Yehuda Amichai: Exploring Israel's Best Known Generation I Poet,"


Yehuda Amichai was of the first literary generation of the State of Israel and is
an unofficial national poet.  Well-known outside of Israel, Amichai's works are
translated into some 33 languages with English translations by noted translators
such as Ted Hughes, Benjamin and Barbara Harshav, and Stephen Mitchell.  We will
use readings by Amichai and other Israeli / Hebrew poets with additional source
material to locate Amichai within poetical trends, examine biography and influence,
and explore stylistic and thematic range. If you are a poet, inspirational or stylistic
"leveraging" into your poetry is encouraged, and we'll have opportunity to share
your work with the group.

General Public
$15 per visit with advance RSVP
Member's Discount: $50 per section
Click here to register []
or call 214.828.1715 to RSVP


The Writer's Garret's 2010 Spring season is made possible by our chief supporters
and partners:
Paperbacks Plus; National Endowment for the Arts; City of Dallas Office of Cultural
Affairs; Texas Commission on the Arts; Humanities Texas / NEH; Harold Simmons Foundation;
Rebecca & Patrick DePole; Renee Rossi & Fred Duffy; Mike & Debra Decker; R.L. &
Phyllis Glazer Fund; Whole Foods; James and Gayle Halperin Foundation / Heritage
Auction Galleries; ArtsPartners / Young Audiences; Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP; Adolphus
Hotel; Mesquite Arts Council; Energy Production Corporation (EPCO); Wukasch Foundation;
The Cattarulla Fund of The Dallas Foundation; Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation;
Simon & Schuster; donors to the Jack Myers & Jacob Myers Funds; and our Board of
Trustees, Board of Sponsors, and members.
If we have left anyone off, please email us []
We sure couldn't do it without you!

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