Magical Realism course with Frequency Writers

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I’m excited to teach a class in reading and writing Magical Realism with Frequency Writers in Providence, RI, on Tuesday evenings in May 2018. Details below!

Magical Realism 
“Realism is a kind of premeditated literature that offers too static and exclusive a vision of reality … but disproportion is a part of our reality, too. Our reality is in itself all out of proportion.” – Gabriel García Márquez

This four-week course will explore the literature and craft of reading and writing magical realism, an international narrative style in which the miraculous coexists with the quotidian, and magic is employed in the service of truth. Students will learn about the origins and contemporary trends of magical realism and its use to express cultural collisions, experiences of marginalization, and differing perspectives on how, and by whom, reality is defined.

Readings will be drawn from both historic and cutting edge bodies of international literature, including classics by Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gabriel García Márquez up through Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, and Isabel Allende. Students will practice craft techniques and generate original stories inspired by readings, visual art, in-class exercises, weekly assignments, and creative journaling.

Instructor: Maryann Ulmann
Dates: Tuesdays May 8th –May 29th
Time: 6:30PM -9:00PM
Where: Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence
$160

REGISTER HERE

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NaNoWriMo comes to Rhode Island!

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A Free After School Youth Writing Program for National Novel Writing Month

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – School One, an independent high school and co-creators of Write Rhode Island announce a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Young Writers Program for students in grades 7-12. NaNoWriMo provides tools for writers of all ages around the world brave and crazy enough to tackle an ambitious writing project in just one month. School One will provide a creative writing teacher, classroom space and snacks – Who can resist snacks?—as part of this after school creative writing program.

 NaNoWriMo meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00, with the option to stay and write until 5:30.

  • October 25th First Meeting: Students will get to know each other, plan their novels with guided activities, create profiles and set personal word-count goals.
  • November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th: Get writing! Sessions will begin with check-ins, pep talks and prompts, followed by dedicated writing time and one-on-one support.
  • December 6th: Celebrate! Students will celebrate their accomplishments with a pizza party and choose and revise scenes to share at a final reading with family and friends, TBD.

This is a free program for students who want to take their imaginations to the next level and have fun with writing in an ambitious yet relaxed environment. Youth who may already be participating in Novel Writing Month at school or elsewhere are welcome to join for extra support and community.

Students must register in advance with School One. Contact Diana Champa at dianac@school-one.org or (401) 331-2497. Sessions will take place at School One, 220 University Ave, Providence, RI 02906.

Maryann Ullmann, the Instructor, is a local teaching artist on the RISCA Education Roster. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and has taught writing in numerous community spaces including county jails, cultural centers, and after school programs. Contact her at maryannullmann@yahoo.com.

School One is a small, independent high school in Providence that provides an arts-intensive, college preparatory education to an array of students from across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel during the month of November. The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, also helps K-12 educators facilitate NaNoWriMo in schools, libraries, and community centers around the world.

 

Pleased to join the board of Frequency Writers

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I’m super excited and honored to join the board of Frequency Writers, an organization that fosters the Rhode Island Writing Community with classes, events, networking and publication opportunities. Check it out, follow on Facebook, and subscribe to the monthly newsletter for updates!

Also, please consider supporting our work so we can continue to make our classes affordable and accessible for everyone. Thank you!

 

 

Writers & Readers Happy Hour

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I’m excited to collaborate with Frequency Writers of Providence, RI to host the Writers’ & Readers’ Happy Hour!

Next one is Friday, November 4th, 5-7 pm, at the AS220 Bar at 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI, 02903.

Description: Just because we literary types like to hole up in corners alone with our laptops and books for hours on end does not mean we are antisocial creatures! Come on out of hibernation to meet your fellow writers and readers, get a little tipsy, and, as Shakespeare put it, “drink down all unkindness.”

RSVP on Facebook!

Also, join the Literary Rhody group for more news on literary events around Rhode Island!

Certified Again

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Happy to report that my story Certifiedoriginally published in 2011, has been chosen for The Best of Halfway Down the Stairs, 2010-2015 in their special Grey Area issue.

“The woman who works miracles, Linda, has given up. She’s gotten a day job as a Red Cross Instructor. In the phantom green fluorescent-lit basement of an old church, she teaches us the secret of breathing life into mannequins. Our warm lips press against the antiseptic plastic. We count to three. . .”

Read more here.

Suspension of Classes

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Hello everyone! It’s been wonderful teaching classes here in Mexico City with so many interesting, talented students and lively discussions. Many people have asked about more sessions and I regret to say that due to other work commitments I have been unable to continue teaching the evening classes.

Now, I am moving back to the U.S. It’s entirely possible I may be back to visit and teach special short sessions, so I will keep you all in the loop. Meanwhile the Facebook group, Mexico Readers & Writers, will stay active and I encourage you all to join and network with each other!