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, June 10th, 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!

Creative Writing & Literature Classes in English in Mexico City

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NEW SESSION beginning in October 2014! Weeknights at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, near the “Francia” stop on the Metrobus or “Barranca del Muerto” on the metro. Full details below.

Creative Reading & Writing: Tuesdays (8 sessions) 7:30-9:00 p.m. beginning October 21st

Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Wednesdays (4 sessions/biweekly) 7:30-9:30 p.m. beginning October 29th

CREATIVE READING & WRITING – For advanced and native English speakers.

We will read and discuss multi-genre classic and contemporary literary texts in English and complete writing exercises inspired by the texts. Participants who choose the writing feedback option will receive individualized critique on their writing according to their levels and needs. For example, English language learners may seek corrections on English grammar while native speakers may seek more in-depth advice on creative writing craft.

Former students are welcome to take this course as we will cover all new material. It may also be taken simultaneously with the Advanced Creative Writing Workshop.*

Details: 8 weeks from October 21st – December 9th, Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 (12 class hours) at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Alvaro Obregon. Cost without writing feedback: MXN $1200 + purchase of food and/or drink. With writing feedback: MXN $1600. Payment is due on the first day of class. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your English level and why you are interested in the course!

ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP – For native and fluent English speakers with some previous creative writing experience.

This workshop will operate as a guided writing critique group tailored to the goals of the participants. Each session, we will exchange feedback on each other’s work and discuss craft readings relevant to our objectives. You will be supported in your own writing discipline, receive in-depth feedback on your work, and develop skills in identifying and solving problems in revision. We will meet biweekly as well as share online. Former students welcome. May be taken simultaneously with Creative Reading & Writing.* Reading widely is an important aspect of your development as a writer!

Details: 4 Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 (October 29th, November 12th & 26th, December 10th at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Guadalupe Inn. MXN $800 + purchase of food and/or drink. Payment is due on the first day of class. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your writing experience and goals!

*Taking these courses together or sequentially will address multiple stages in the writing process. Creative Reading & Writing generates seeds for inspiration, while the Advanced Creative Writing Workshop addresses revision of completed work. It will be offered again in the spring.

About the Teacher:

Maryann Ullmann is a writer and teacher from the United States. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing with a certificate in Teaching Creative Writing from Chatham University where she was awarded the Whitford Fellowship. She has published a range of shorts stories, essays, articles, and poetry in publications such as The Literary Bohemian, PermafrostPrime Number, Whole Terrain, and Cultural Survival Quarterly, among othersShe also served as the Fall 2013 Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence in Braddock, PA.

She has taught ESOL at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, the New England School of English in Cambridge, MA, and for NGOs and private clients in Mexico, Argentina, and Thailand. She has also taught creative writing and literature for both kids and adults through community programs in the U.S. such as Words Without Walls, the Literary Arts Boom, and the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). Currently, she teaches English at Montessori de la Condesa.

*Connect to others interested in English language reading & writing in Mexico via the Mexico Readers & Writers Facebook group!*

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Creative Writing & Literary English Classes in Mexico City. New Session!

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Spanish button*UPDATE* The courses below have already begun, but I hope to teach a 12-session cycle in September-November 2014. Contact me if you would like to be put on a list to receive email updates.

NEW SESSION beginning in May 2014! Weeknights at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, near the “Francia” stop on the Metrobus or “Barranca del Muerto” on the metro. Full details below.

Literary English: Mondays 7:30-9:00 p.m. beginning May 5th

Creative Writing 1: Thursdays 7:00-9:00 p.m.  beginning May 8th

Creative Writing 2: Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning May 6th

*Also* come check out the final reading for the current session on Wednesday, April 9th at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Bar, Celaya 25 in Condesa. You can meet me, talk with current students, and see how much fun we have!

LITERARY ENGLISH – For intermediate and advanced English language learners.

Develop your English language skills through reading, speaking, and writing while learning about classic and contemporary literature and exploring your own creativity. We will read and discuss short stories and essays by North American and British authors and write short creative pieces inspired by the texts. We will occasionally use supplementary grammar lessons, though the focus will be on learning through practice. You will receive individualized attention on your oral and written grammar as well as the opportunity to practice in a group.

Details: 8 weeks from May 5th-June 23rd, Mondays 7:30-9:00 (12 class hours) at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Alvaro Obregon. MXN $1400 + purchase of food and/or drink. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your English level and why you are interested in the course!

CREATIVE WRITING 1– For native and fluent English speakers.

Explore multi-genre creative writing techniques including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and travel writing. Learn to read and discuss works of literature with an eye for craft and push the boundaries of your creativity through a range of exercises and assignments. We will also discuss revision tips and how to publish your work. This course will be tailored to the interests of the participants and you will receive individualized feedback on your writing.

Details: 8 weeks from May 8th*-June 26th, Thursdays 7:00-9:00 (16 class hours) at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Alvaro Obregon. MXN $1600 + purchase of food and/or drink. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your writing experience and goals! *Please note that the first class will meet in a different location due to a conflicting event.

CREATIVE WRITING 2 – For native and fluent English speakers who have completed Creative Writing 1 or have some creative writing experience.

For the first half of this course, we will explore multi-genre creative writing techniques through study of literary texts, readings on craft, and a range of writing prompts and assignments. The second half will be a guided workshop in which students will focus on their own writing goals and give and receive feedback on their work. The goal is to produce a revised full-length story, essay, chapter of a longer work, or small group of poems or flash prose pieces.

Details: 8 weeks from May 6th-June 24th, Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 (16 class hours) at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Alvaro Obregon. MXN $1600 + purchase of food and/or drink. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your writing experience and goals!

About the Teacher:

Maryann Ullmann is a writer and teacher from the United States. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing with a certificate in Teaching Creative Writing from Chatham University where she was awarded the Whitford Fellowship. She has published a range of shorts stories, essays, articles, and poetry in publications such as The Literary Bohemian, PermafrostPrime Number, Whole Terrain, and Cultural Survival Quarterly, among othersShe also served as the Fall 2013 Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence in Braddock, PA.

She has taught ESOL at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, the New England School of English in Cambridge, MA, and for NGOs and private clients in Mexico, Argentina, and Thailand. She has also taught creative writing and literature for both kids and adults through community programs in the U.S. such as Words Without Walls, the Literary Arts Boom, and the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).

*Connect to others interested in English language reading & writing in Mexico via the Mexico Readers & Writers Facebook group!*

*I also offer a range of freelance services including individual or group English classes, manuscript reviews, translation, editing & proofreading, or article & copywriting.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.*

Milkweed y Monarcas: A Bilingual Literary Evening

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Milkweed y Monarcas: A Bilingual Literary Evening

Wednesday, April 9th, 7:00-9:00 pm

American Legion Bar, Celaya 25, Condesa, Mexico City

RSVP on Facebook!

Featuring English-language poetry and prose readings by students in Creative Writing and Literary English classes, followed by a bilingual open mic.

Open Mic rules: Arrive promptly by 19:00 to sign up on the list—there will be limited slots! Poetry or prose up to 5 minutes MAXIMUM (2-3 poems, or about 600 words/2 pages of prose.)

Stop by even earlier to check out the stock of English language books at Under the Volcano Books upstairs (closes at 7).

Listen. Read. Drink. Be merry.

 

Una Noche Literaria Bilingüe 

Lecturas de prosa y poesía en inglés por los estudiantes de lasclases de “Escritura Creativa” e “Inglés Literario” de la Profesora M. Ullmann, seguidas de una sesión bilingüe para “Open Mic”.

Reglas para “Open Mic”: Para compartir escritos suyos. Llegue puntualmente a las 19:00hrs para inscribirse. Lista limitada. Tiempo máximo de 5 minutos para poesía o prosa (2-3 poemas o alrededor de 600 palabras /2 páginas de prosa).

Antes te invitamos a visitar el stock de libros en inglés arriba en el librería Under the Volcano Books.

Escuchar. Leer. Beber. Pasarlo bien.

ENTRADA LIBRE

 

Join the Mexico Readers & Writers group on Facebook

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Just launched a new group:

“For the purposes of building an English-language literary community in Mexico, whether native speakers or those simply interested in reading and/or writing in English (or Spanglish, why not). Share events, classes, writers groups, book clubs, bookstore tips, stuff you’ve published, interesting articles, publications, calls for submissions, etc.”

Join it here.