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Last Chance--Early Bird Ends MONDAY!
Writer's Garret

April, 2015

 Great for anyone attending the Mayborn!


To Tell the TRUTH: Impacting Your Writing 

with Life & Experience 


Allison Hedge Coke




Saturday, April 18, 2015

1 - 5  PM

10809 Garland Road, Dallas 75218 



To Tell the Truth: Impacting Your Writing with Life & Experience

So what IS the duty of the writer? Aren't all poems and memoirs "truth"? Doris Lessing described fiction as being more truthful than life itself. When we hear an extraordinary tale, why does it matter to us, as readers or audience, that the story was "totally true"?


Whether you are a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, screen / plays, or poetry, this course will help you get past your own hesitations to find the integrity residing inside your work. Sometimes it is about finding the most compelling angle to tell your story, or, surprisingly, leaving something out. 


Exercises will help you to learn to trust the reader and yourself, while letting the truth propel your work forward. Not unlike a gifted karate master, success lies in channeling the energy of reality, not in necessarily being stronger than an opponent. The writer who can masterfully channel the energy of the truth can and will have a lasting impact on any reader.


American Book Award winner, Allison Hedge Coke, is the author of Dog Road Woman and Off-Season City Pipe (poetry); Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, a memoir; and Blood Run, a verse-play. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections, including Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas and Effigies. She has cropped tobacco and worked fields, waters, and factories.


  • $45 Early Bird (Special Members-only discount if registered by 4/13 ).
  • $85 Others.
  • Members $68 (after April 13). 
  • Educators (including WINS instructors) can receive $25 off with Code "Educate" (no quotation marks)
  • Veterans can use the Code "US" (no quotation marks) for 100% free registration courtesy of the Texas Commission on the Arts
  • Those whose lives have been directly and deeply impacted by Cancer (self or member of nuclear family) can use code "BigC" (no quotation marks) for 100% free registration also courtesy of the Texas Commission on the Arts
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ALLISON HEDGE COKE WILL ALSO BE SPEAKING FOR FREE ON "WRITING YOUR WAY TO HEALTH" at the CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY (8194 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75231), Thursday evening, April 16, 6:30-8 PM.  Allison is both a Cancer widow and a Cancer survivor. Some short generative exercises will be offered, but no one has to share unless self-motivated to do so.

She WILL ALSO BE SPEAKING for FREE SUNDAY, April 19, 1:30-3 PM at The Writer's Garret, 10809 Garland Road, on the subject of "Creative Writing, Mentoring, and Coaching."  Bring everyone you know--for ALL ages! We will also be streaming this event live on Google Hangout. Watch here for the link, which will be made available in advance.



Other SPRING 2015 




 Saturday, May 30, 2015 1:00-5:00 PM


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Summer Writing CAMPS registering next week!  

If you are interested in signing up your teen or tween,  

contact Tamitha here. 



Take an additional $25 off if you are an educator, 
including our very own WINS Instructors: 
 Use Code Educate . 

If you are a Mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, you may take use the code BBBS to take these courses for FREE


If your life has been directly impacted by Cancer,  

you may use code BigC to take any of these courses for FREE  

(Note: limited to two family members per registration  

and course attendees should be 18 or older) 



These subsidies are courtesy of the Texas Commission on the Arts 

 For more information, call 214-828-1715 or email here 


   Registration for Spring 2015 Classes  & Workshops 




  Learn more here!   



1st & 3rd Saturdays


Dallas Youth Poets


with Joaquin Zihuatanejo  


1st Saturdays, 4-6 PM

at The Writer's Garret

10809 Garland Road

(enter door on the left)


3rd Saturdays, 4-6 PM

at Lucky Dog Books - Oak Cliff

633 W. Davis St.




Stone Soup Peer Critiques:



1st & 3rd Tuesdays 

Mixed Genre 

with Jim Dolan

7-9 PM
at Lucky Dog Books 
(next door to The Garret)


2nd Tuesdays Poetry  

with Christopher Soden 

at The Writer's Garret 

10809 Garland Road 

(enter door on the left)



Saturdays (2nd & 4th) 

Prose & Poetry Stone Soup 

Peer Critique Workshop

with  Mark David Noble
10 AM - 12 PM
at The Writer's Garret
10809 Garland Road
(enter door on the left)




Help us change minds. Literally.

Ten ways reading and writing make you happier, healthier, 

and downright smarter.







Community partners include 
Lucky Dog Books, the MAC, Highland Park Literary Festival, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Big Thought, SMU, MaybornLiterary Non-Fiction Conference, Arts & Letters Live / DMA, DISD, RISD, World Affairs Council, Poetry Society of Texas, PEN Texas, Carve Magazine, UNT, KERA, the Adolphus Hotel, DASN, Promise House,Trinity River Mission,Cancer Support Centers of North Texas, Vitruvian Park, Deep Vellum Publishing, Dallas Youth Poets, and many others! 


 When you join 

The Writer's Garret, 

you join a whole community 

that values reading and writing.  


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