Spring Writes is an annual program of Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County

Spring Writes Events


Note some schedule changes
1 Cancellation of May 11th event (Race in America), and rescheduled.

2. Digging Deep event on May 15 was live, but now it is zoom.

Participating Writers Page HERE

Download Spreadsheet Schedule (PDF) HERE



For Full Descriptions, Locations, Zoom Registration or LiveStream Links...click on the event name below OR  just keep scrolling down to see it all! 

Events Around Town

   * Buffalo Street Books Zine Fest: May 1, 11:00 - 5:00pm
   * The Downstairs Month Long Zine Celebration
   * Friends of the Library Book Sale: May 7 to 24

   * Tompkins County Public Library's READATHON: May 7

Spring Writes Events

Thursday, May 5
   * Hearing Voices: Writers and Their Inspiration: Recording below

   * TCPL Presents: Poetry and Prose Open Mic:  Recording below

Friday, May 6
   * Unfolding: Timeline of Sexual Assault Activism: Exhibit up through June
Group Reading #1: Recording below
   * Wells College Chronicle Issue Launch Party: Recording below

Saturday, May 7
   * Uncommon Caregiving, Group Reading: Live at Press Bay Alley, 4:00 - 5:00pm
   * Publishing/ Perseverance: Path to First Book: Recording below
   * Motherhood is a Joke Comedy Showcase: Live at Press Bay Alley, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Afrofuturist Speculative Poetry: Zoom, Recording below
Sunday, May 8
   * Group Reading with Six Local Writers: Zoom, 4:00 - 5:00pm
I.C. Writing Students' Senior Showcase: Zoom, 6:00-6:50pm
Taboo, Interrupted: Writing Mental Illness Panel: Zoom, 7:00-8:00
Wednesday, May 11 
   * CANCELLED. Short Films: Race in America, Rehearsal:
Thursday, May 12
   * Intersections and Explosions, Performance: Live at CAP ArtSpace, 5:45 - 6:45pm
Literary All-Stars Wordle Showdown: Live at Watershed, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Friday, May 13
   * The Poetry of Confrontation, reading: Live at CAP Artspace, 5:30 - 6:45pm
The Forbidden Future: Zoom, 7:15 - 8:15pm
Saturday, May 14
   * Zine Making Workshop: Live 2:30 - 4:00pm (teens), 6:30 - 8:00pm (adults) 
   * CANCELLED Comics Drama Radio Hour:
   * Group Reading #3: Zoom, 5:30 - 6:45pm
Strings Attached, performative readings: Zoom, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Sunday, May 15

   * Inside Black Feminist Alchemy: Zoom, 2:00 - 2:45pm
   * Liminal, group reading: Live at Buffalo Street Books, 3:00 - 4:15
   * Youth Writes: Kids Erasing the Words: Live at TCPL, 3:00 - 4:00pm
Finger Lakes: Memoir Anthology: Live at Buffalo Street Books, 4:30 - 5:30pm
Digging Deep Within To Find My Neighbor: Zoom, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Thursday, May 19
   * Senior Troupe of Lifelong: Zoom, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Friday, May 20
   * Playwrights in Performance: Zoom, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 21
   * 7 Minutes in Heaven, writers, actors, musicians: Live Kava Bar, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Sometime in August 

   * New Musical Sneak Peak from WoW's NoW: Live TBD
Sunday, August 21
   * Drag Story Hour: Live at Buffalo Street Books, Time TBD

Spring Writes Zoom Workshops

Thursday, May 26
   * Writing Speculative Poetry Tools, Tips and Markets: Zoom, 6:30 - 7:45pm
Tuesday, May 31
   * Writing Lyrics for Musical Theatre: Zoom, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 1
   * Rewrites: A Constructive, Playful Approach: Zoom, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, June 7
   * Tell the Truth, But Tell It Scant: Flash Fiction: Zoom, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Thursday, June 9
   * From Page to Stage! Zoom, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Sunday, June 26
   * Writing from the Body: Zoom, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Full Details

May 1 to May 30

The Downstairs Zine Celebration

The Downstairs, 121 E. State/MLK Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

The Downstairs presents a month-long celebration of zines! In addition to featured zines from experienced and newbie zine-makers,  May will be stuffed with all kinds of workshops, open mics, music, and nerdy goodness. Learn more here.


May 7 to May 24

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale  

at 509 Esty St, Ithaca. NY 14850
3 long weekends: Saturday to Monday, May 7-9 & 14-16, and Saturday to Tuesday, May 21-24. Hours: 10am-8pm. Over 220,000 gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, games & more, sorted into over 70 subject categories for easy shopping. Prices start low and drop each weekend. Senior Day is Wednesday, May 18: 10am-4pm, for patrons age 60+ and those with disabilities. Student Night (age 16+ with school ID) is Wednesday, May 18, 4-8pm.  On Monday, May 23, all items are 10 cents each, and Tuesday, May 24 is "Bag Day" -- bring a standard-size grocery bag and fill it for just $1. 
For more information, visit www.booksale.org. 

Sunday, May 1

Zine Fest Buffalo Street Books Chapter 

Live Event: 11am to 5pm
Buffalo Street Books, DeWitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 (entrance on Buffalo Street)

Buffalo Street Books will hold a Book and Zine Fair to celebrate freedom of expression and publishing outside the mainstream. The fair is open to the public from 11am to 5pm for small presses, zine-makers, bookbinders, and more to show and sell their wares. BuffaloStreetBooks.com


Thursday, May 5

Hearing Voices: Writers and Their Inspiration

WATCH RECORDING: https://youtu.be/pXgJgUBExgI

Tompkins County Library, Borg Warner Room East, 101 E. Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850
This reading and discussion explore the sources of writers’ inspiration. Whose voices do we listen to? Which ones demand our attention and why? What happens when we listen deeply to our own inner voices and/or the voices of others? Carol Kammen focuses on lost voices from American history, as she reads from her recently published historical novel that describes the experiences of women and girls traveling west on the Oregon Trail in 1842. Susan Currie reads from a soon to be published memoir about a forgotten chapter in medical history, in which she describes her childhood confinement in a hospital in Mississipi in the late 1950’s. And Anne Mazer reads a previously published story called “Forgotten.” The reading will be followed by a discussion, as well as a question-and-answer period.

TCPL Presents: Poetry and Prose Open Mic

WATCH RECORDING: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeSHLyMZ-mk

The Tompkins County Public Library presents a free virtual literary open mic! Local poets and prose writers of all ages and experience levels will have the opportunity to showcase their work - maximum for five minutes. Or be part of the audience! 
Reader slots are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions about reading at this event, please contact Sophia McKissick at


Friday, May 6

Unfolding: A Timeline of Sexual Assault Activism in Tompkins County

Exhibit up through the end of June.
Hours: 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday

Downtown Gallery Night Exhibit at the CAP ArtSpace, 110 N. Tioga Street, Tompkins Center for History & Culture, Ithaca NY 14850

Curated by the Advocacy Center in partnership with the History Center in Tompkins County,  this exhibit will showcase shirts with text and images made by Tompkins County community members from 1979-2021 who, despite their differences in age, gender, sexuality, race, religion, politics, and more, have all been impacted by interpersonal violence. Learn more at the CAP Artspace page. See all Downtown Gallery Night openings at GalleryNightIthaca.com


Group Reading #1


Zoom Event: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Join local writers and Karel Hilversum (poetry), Jillian Barnet (poetry), Regi Carpenter (creative non-fiction), Christopher DeWan (fiction),  Emily Sanders Hopkins (poetry), Kris Haines-Sharp (creative non-fiction), 


Wells College Chronicle Spring 2022 Issue Launch Party

WATCH RECORDING: https://youtu.be/ifAQelaM6yc 

Wells College, MacMillan, The Art Exhbit Room, 170 Main St, Aurora, NY 13026

Wells College's student-run literary magazine, The Chronicle, is celebrating the launch of our Spring 2022 issue. Writers published in the issue will read excerpts from their pieces, and visual artists will present their artwork.


Saturday, May 7

"Uncommon Caregiving" Poets' Tribute to Kirby Edmund

Live Event: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Press Bay Alley (outdoors), 118 W. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Kirby Edmonds was one of Ithaca's most influential educators and activists. He passed in the summer of 2020, but his legacy lives on. In this tribute, local writers will share works that relate to his multifaceted and intersectional community building work, celebrating it as an unsung and highly effective form of caregiving.

Readers include his longtime collaborator and Training for Change Associates partner Laura Branka, as well as Rafa Aponte, Anna Bartel, Michelle Courtney Berry, Jhakeem Haltom, Taili Mugambee, Christa Núñez, Dr. Nia Nunn, Holly Payne, Yael Saar, and Ian Micky Shapiro.
This event is produced by Yael Saar, Founder of Mama's Comfort Camp, as part of "How are the Caregivers?" Day, a free community festival declaring the saturday preceding Mother's Day as a day of joyful advocacy, urging individuals, elected officials, and institutions to recognize the question "How are the Caregivers?" as a cornerstone of how we make decisions and allocate resources. The programs of the day span from 1pm to 9:30pm, and include art, crafts, music, dance, poetry, and at 6pm, will feature another Spring Writes program: the comedy showcase Motherhood is a Joke, listed below. Find the full event program here: bit.ly/caregivers-day


Tompkins County Public Library's READATHON

Live Event: 8:00am - 5:00pm plus
Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room, 108 E. Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850

An annual read-out-loud fundraising event for the library. This year’s READATHON will be a hybrid, utilizing both in-person and prerecorded readers. Celebrating its tenth year, the READATHON enlists readers to raise funds for the Library, culminating in a day-long celebration of literacy. The goal for this year’s READATHON is $35,000, which will be used to purchase materials for the library’s collection, such as books, movies, music, and more. (Videos will be played 8 to 10am; In-person readers 10am to 5pm; Videos from 5pm till they run out)  List of readers available at www.tcplfoundation.org.To give to a reader’s campaign, go to https://givebutter.com/readathon

Publishing and Perseverance: The Path to a First Book

WATCH RECORDING HERE: https://youtu.be/lgosyfHp71g

Live Event: 5:15 - 6:15pm
CAP ArtSpace, 110 N. Tioga St, Ithaca, NY 14850,
Tompkins Center for History and Culture

Jennifer Savran Kelly, AM Kvita, and Kate Doyle will read from their work and discuss their journeys toward a first novel or story collection -- journeys which have required patience and resilience. Offering perspective, encouragement, and pragmatic advice, our conversation will explore what it takes to navigate the ups, downs, and uncertainties of seeking an agent and publisher for a work of fiction. We will discuss the periods of waiting that can arise in an author’s early career—for example, between getting an agent and selling the book—in order to shed light on this high stakes, unfamiliar process. Some questions we'll discuss include: How does identity inform the work of seeking a supportive agent and supportive publisher? Where can I look for a literary agent? How do I know if an agent is legitimate? How do I know if an agent is the right fit for me and my work? How do I know if I'm on the right track or when to try a new strategy? What is it like to have an agent and a book on submission with publishers? What happens once I get a book contract?

Motherhood is a Joke Comedy Showcase

Live Event: 6:00 - 7:00pm
In Person Only: Press Bay Alley, (outdoors) 118 W. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 

A comedy showcase featuring local women and their stories of mothering through the pandemic. Organized and produced by Mama's Comfort Camp.

Afrofuturist Speculative Poetry


Zoom Event: 7:15 - 8:15pm

Join us for a group reading with writers Akua Lezli Hope, Andrew Geoffrey Kwabena Moss, Bryant O’Hara, Jacqueline Johnson, Linda Addison, Terese Mason Pierre and Uche Ogbuji, as they present their Afrofuturistic speculative poems. Speculative poetry, the poetry of possibilities, includes a range of imaginative, fantastic, supernatural and mythological themes.  Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic exploring themes and concerns of the African diaspora through technoculture and the speculative, encompassing a range of media and artists with a shared interest in envisioning black futures.


Sunday, May 8

Group Reading #2

Zoom Event: 4:00 - 5:00pm

Join writers Lizzie Frank (fiction), Peaches Gillette (poetry and prose), Kyara “KP” Perkins (poetry), Katharyn Howd Machan (poetry) Haley Rylander (fiction novel exerpt), Mackenzie Berry (poetry).

I.C. Writing Students' Senior Showcase

Zoom Event: 6:00 - 6:50pm

Senior Writing majors from Ithaca College read excerpts from their final projects, which are works pursued independently while under the guidance of professor mentors. The event will cut across genres, including pieces from poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Madeline Mecca (our Community Arts Partnership intern!),  Kristen Gregg, Ioanna Vargianiti, Adam Dee, Kelly Proctor, and Gabrielle Tola. 

Taboo, Interrupted: Writing Mental Illness

Zoom Event: 7:00 - 8:00pm

More than half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lifetime, and their experiences form an important part of the human story. Yet writing about one’s own illness or that of others presents significant creative and ethical challenges. In this panel, writers Eleanor Henderson, Katie Marks, Joan Marcus, and Jaime Warburton will share approaches to writing about mental illness in memoir, fiction, and nonfiction that are non-exploitative, accurate, and compelling. The panel is also part of “Breaking Our Silence: Storytelling for Mental Health,” a series of workshops and performances organized by Story House Ithaca in April and May.


Wednesday, May 11

Cancelled: Short Films about Race in America: A Rehearsal

Kenneth McLaurin and Christopher Holmes will be rehearsing their short film scripts about race in America, prior to shooting the scripts this summer. These films are based in our personal experience of race in America: they are funny, heartbreaking, complicated, and beautiful. We'll have a discussion afterwards.


Thursday, May 12

Intersections and Explosions

WATCH RECORDING: https://youtu.be/nLvoaheKNC4

Live Event: 5:45 - 6:45pm
CAP ArtSpace, 110 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Tompkins Center for History and Culture, Ithaca, NY 14850
Sound stylist Vickie Daniel, R.N., Scholar-Artist, Dr. Juhanna Rogers, and Poet Dr. Sarah Jefferis come together to create an intoxicating experience of spoken word, music, colors and poetry. Their writing and music illuminates the question: How can we blend beautiful complex journeys about womanhood while exploring differences and sameness in the middle of the pandemic?  Intersections and Explosions offers a soothing musical backdrop that will transform the soul and lift the spirit. This performance is an opportunity for the audience to indulge in artistic expression while laying back and letting the energy transform them.

Local Literary All-Stars in Team Wordle Showdown

Live Event: 7:00 - 9:00pm
In Person Only: The Watershed Bar, 121 W. State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 (This location is not handicapped accessible)

The Internet's favorite word game becomes Ithaca's new favorite drinking game. Come watch local literary celebrities face off in a competitive Wordle Off, hosted by local author and amateur game show host, Bob Proehl! Cutthroat Wordle-ing! Winners will be hailed as heroes! Losers will be mocked! There will be beer, and possibly carousing!


Friday, May 13

The Poetry of Confrontation

WATCH RECORDING:https://youtu.be/KpjMUbDcTbo

Live Event: 5:30 - 6:45pm
Come in Person! CAP ArtSpace, 110 N. Tioga Street, Tompkins Center for History and Culture
Livestreamed on YouTube:

Eight poets share work that explores confrontation with others in their personal experience. While our individual experiences must have relevance for our collective well-being, the focus of this panel is how we behave, understand our behavior and learn from our experience. Dan Rosenberg. Cory Brown, Mary Gilliland, Jerry Mirskin, Roger Hecht, Caroline Manring, David Weiss and Evan D. Williams.

The Forbidden Future: Literature & Journalism in Today's Russia

RECORDING: (We are not yet sure if/when recording will be posted.)

Zoom Event: 7:15 - 8:15pm

Russian dissident poet, novelist, and satirist Dmitry Bykov says societies need writers to help them imagine the future, but "the future is the most forbidden topic" in his country. Join Bykov, a visiting fellow at Cornell's Institute for European Studies and Ithaca City of Asylums's current writer-in-residence, in a spirited conversation with literary scholar Mark Lipovetsky, director of graduate studies at Columbia University’s Department of Slavic Languages. Moderator: Barbara Adams   

Saturday, May 14

Zine Workshop

In Person Live Event - 2:30 to 4:00pm (for Teens at Buffalo Street Books)
6:30-8:00pm (for Adults at the Downstairs)
Buffalo Street Books, 215 N. Cayuga Street, DeWitt Mall, Ithaca, NY 14850 / The Downstairs, 121 E. State/MLK Jr. Street. Ithaca, NY 14850

Discover the world of zines in these hands-on workshops for teens and adults. We’ll discuss the fascinating history of zines, learn a few simple book structures, and make your own with collage and art materials provided. Learn more at illuminatedpress.org/events-calendar. Facilitated by Laura Rowley who operates Illuminated Press in Trumansburg.

The Comics Drama Radio Hour presents: Will Eisner's "The Spirit" -

Event Cancelled




Group Reading #3

Zoom Event: 5:30 - 6:45pm

Brenna Fitzgerald (creative nonfiction/memoir), Sorayya Khan (creative non-fiction memior), Fran Markover (poetry), Stephen Paling (poetry), Dan Rosenberg (poetry), Dan Smalls (creative non-fiction), Daphne Sola (poetry)

Strings Attached

Zoom Event: 7:00 - 8:00pm

Performative readings of new & old work by Leeny Sack, Yvonne Fisher, and Saviana Stanescu, followed by a talkback.


Sunday, May 15

Inside Black Feminist Alchemy: Curricula of Liberation & Self-Discovery wth Dr. Nia Nunn

Zoom Event: 2:00 - 2:45pm
Register HERE

Dr. Nia Nunn: "I plan to read an excerpt of my manuscript, which tracks my journey as a professor at Ithaca College teaching courses centered on the liberation and self-discovery of/with Black Girls and Women. The work highlights themes that emerge through my curriculum, with autoethnographic data that supports a critical revelation: when Black Girls, particularly Black college Women, discover that their individual experiences are rooted in a larger historical and systemic oppression relevant to both race and gender, it can provide a transformational awakening."


Live Event: 3:00 - 4:15
Come in Person! Buffalo Street Books, DeWitt Mall (entrance on Buffalo Street), 215 N. Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

LiveStreamed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tB5zFVGn560

Liminal is a group reading of folks who resist the constraints put on creativity in the academic context or reject academia entirely. The ways we’ve felt like outsiders or outsiders inside (academia) are vast and deep as is the way our work connects. When the world outside can favor cold and magicless capitalism, we prioritize warmth and when we read together, we create a space that casts its own glow.

Many of us are working class or were raised that way and navigate a rhetoric in our chosen path that is often not inclusive of our experiences. Many of us are keeping the magic bright and alive up on the hill. Whatever is true, we are not defined by anything outside of our own making.

The readers of this series are actively building a bridge between the colleges in Ithaca and the community of Ithaca.  Elie Piha, Melissa Tuckey, nicole v. basta, Winniebell Xinyu Zong, and Briel.


Kids Erasing the Words—and Changing Their Worlds

Live Event: 3:00 - 4:00pm
In Person Only: Tompkins County Public Library, 108 E. Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Meet five local middle graders as they share different kinds of writing inspired by the same prompt: If you could erase one word, and that thing would cease to exist in the world—in fact no one would have any memory of it ever existing—what word would you erase? The event will include fun, interactive opportunities for audience members, young and not-so-young, to throw their own words into the mix. Featuring the work of Dhilan, Grace, Nadia, Rita, and Sophia, and moderated by YA/MG fiction author Bree Barton.


From the Finger Lakes: A Memoir Anthology

Live Event: 4:30 - 5:30pm
Come in Person! Buffalo Street Books, 215 N. Cayuga Street, DeWitt Mall (entrance on Buffalo St.)

Livestreamed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rxdqFcsnsz0

Two poets and three prose writers have been selected by the editors of Cayuga Lake Books to read their contributions to the just-published collection of poetry and essays, From the Finger Lakes: A Memoir Anthology.  The anthology authors’ diversity in ethnicity, gender, and age is evident in the topics they address:  from helping to run a refugee camp in South East Asia, to working on environmental issues in Ithaca, to teaching in the Middle East, to poetic observation of the changing seasons , to remembering the anguish of a father's Alzheimer's Disease, to traveling through Spain to revive the excitement of a marriage.  Readers are Alex Chertok, Mary Gilliland, Minfong Ho, Gail Holst-Warhaft, Lamar Herrin. Moderated by Peter Fortunato.


Digging Deep Within Myself To Find My Neighbor: A Discussion of Individual Creativity in Community

NOW A Zoom Event: 6:30 - 7:30pm (Note: This was originally live and has changed to ZOOM)
Register HERE

‘Digging Deep In My Self, To Find My Neighbor: Individual Creativity in Community  will be a discussion panel which highlights what it means to be a ‘creative’ in and across multiple media and artforms. What if your creativity is at its finest when you are bringing together music, poetry, AND photography? What if your artform is bringing PEOPLE together? Or artworks? We will talk about our unique practices, how to awaken and encourage each other’s multiple talents, passions, goals and authentic creativity while breaking through limiting perceptions of creativity as a solo practice and the pressures to choose a singular specialty. We will also discuss how we use our art to organize in community and promote inclusive intentionality to motivate our audience in direct action. This panel will bring together two proposed local curator-creators from Ithaca (Dr. Nia Nunn from The Southside Community Center/Ithaca College and Ben Ortiz, local DJ and assistant archivist at the Cornell Hip Hop Collection) and 2 from New York City (Sabrina Parker, author of Voices of Black Power and writer Mikal McKay) in conversation with the host, Kyara Perkins, writer and founder of Urban Confab (Binghamton/Bronx).  


Thursday, May 19

Senior Troupe of Lifelong performs stories from their lives

Zoom Event: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Register HERE

See Event Trailer HERE

The Senior Troupe of Lifelong performs stories from their lives: 50 Years Ago. You will see a video of a live performance held with a small audience, this spring. You will hear about blind dates, the coup in Argentina, an abortion dilemma, first jobs, antiwar sentiment, rosebud the pig, young marriages and life in Ithaca. Troupe members are Janie Bibbie, Pat Fraizer, Emily Johnson, Miguel Piery, Michael Schaff, Mary Sue Schwarz, Jean Senegas, Deirdre Silverman, Mark Silverman and Paula Twomey. The troupe is directed by Sue Perlgut. Members of the troupe will participate in a talkback after the video. https://closetohomeproductions.com/senior-theater-troupe. This program is made possible in part with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants program from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.


Friday, May 20

Playwrights in Performance

Zoom Event: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Register: HERE

A virtual performance of short-short plays by a cornucopia of local (Tompkins County-based) playwrights and theater-makers curated by Ross Haarstad of Theatre Incognita.


Saturday, May 21

Seven Minutes in Heaven

Live In-Person Event: Time 5:00 - 7:00pm
Note: This is the only Spring Writes event with a cover charge of $5
which is donated to the Community Arts Partnership!

Sacred Root Kava Lounge, 103 S. Geneva Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 (not handicapped accessible)

This event makes collaborations happen semi-spontaneously. Seven writers, seven actors, and seven musicians agree to participate in a literal spin-the-bottle matchup. Before the event, the writers are paired with actors, and then at the event, the musicians and actors will be linked (again, by a spin of the bottle), and will perform seven minutes of text with a live soundtrack. Organized by Mary Lorson.

WRITERS: Rhian Ellis, Jon Frankel, Dan Kopcow, Pat Dutt, Katie Marks, Bob Proel, Leslie Daniels
READERS: Scott Whitham, Eric Brooks. Kenneth McLaurin, Becky Lane, Mickie Quinn
MUSICIANS: Sera Smolen, Billy Cote, Gordi Tenev, Joel Blizzard, Mark Mahoney, Maria Alejandra Bulla Clavijo


Thursday, May 26

Writing Speculative Poetry. Tools, Tips and Markets for Your Speculative Verse

Zoom Event: 6:30 - 7:45pm
Register: HERE

with Akua Lezli Hope. Speculative poetry is an ever widening expanse of verse creation, embracing elements of science fiction, fantasy, fairytales, horror, and more. Our earliest encoded storytelling was verse tales of the imagined Verse was the first vehicle to convey our imaginations through the dark and to the heavens.  Speculative poetry is ancient of days, older than the flood, and as new as tomorrow with roots in Gilgamesh, the Odyssey, the Ramayana,  and Beowulf as well as the many mythologies and folklore that populate our world. In this workshop we will read speculative poems to glean insights into their approaches to storytelling, mythmaking, and pathbreaking, using them as fuel to generate new speculative verse.
Takeaways: Know what Speculative Poetry is / Have Keys to Writing Speculative Poetry / Know Where to Find Speculative Poetry / Know Where to Submit Speculative Poetry


Tuesday, May 31

Writing Lyrics for Musical Theatre

Zoom Event: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Register: HERE

with Emma Plotkin. Writing for musical theater can be an exciting medium once you get comfortable with the form. Technique can create limitations but having something to push against is often a means of inspiration. In this workshop we will spend the first 45 minutes listening and discussing a variety of songs that span the gamut - Oklahoma! to Hamilton, Candide to Heathers! We’ll touch on various song structures, rhyme schemes and other literary devices. We’ll also consider the point of different songs within the show. For example, The “I want” song is often the protagonist's revelation or admission of their greatest desires. The second half of the class will be spent writing out your own song using inspiration from our discussion as well as optional prompts. Everyone is welcome to share at the end with or without feedback - certainly with many kudos.

Wednesday, June 1

Rewrites: A Constructive, Playful Approach

Zoom Event: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Register: HERE

with Mara Alper. If there were rules for writing they would be: #1 Write and #2 - 20 -- Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite! But how do you get objective enough to your work to rewrite well? This workshop offers techniques that will help you see your writing more clearly. Through listening, word scanning, recording, reverse reading and rereading in ways that awaken your brain, you’ll learn to tighten, sharpen and enliven your writing. First drafts are raw material. Rewrites are the essential skill. We’ll learn techniques, then have several rounds of writing for a short time, experiment with rewrite approaches, then pair up with a partner and share the outcomes. Your rewrite muscles and brain flexibility will be activated and rewriting will become more playful and productive.


Tuesday, June 7

Tell the Truth, But Tell it Scant: A Workshop in Flash Fiction. 

Zoom Event: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Register: HERE

Flash fiction is a story told in a single page, sometimes a single sentence. But just because it's short doesn't mean it's easy! Writers of flash create whole journeys and evoke powerful experiences for readers. How do they do it?

This workshop will feature three prominent writers of flash fiction, each reading one of their own stories and then leading a writing prompt inspired by the story they read. By the end of the hour, workshop participants will have three new flash pieces and three new techniques for generating future work. Featuring Leonora Desar, Christopher DeWan, and K.C. Mead-Brewer.


Thursday, June 9

From Page to Stage!  

Zoom Event: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Register: HERE

Got a new play or musical in the works? Curious about your next steps? Let us help empower you to take your piece from page to stage! Intended for aspiring and accomplished playwrights, lyricists, and composers alike, this workshop shares a step-by-step process of how one shepherds the development of theatrical scripts and scores in between revisions. Discussion topics will include highlighted stages from the creative process such as table reads, workshopping, staged readings, full productions, and publication. Join our group of panelists, all of whom are Ithaca-based theatre professionals with experience developing new works in collaboration with WoW and/or other local theatre companies: Priscilla Hummel, Anna Marcus-Hecht, Carley Robinson, Shirley Serotsky, Saviana Stanescu, Benjamin Stevens, and Jaime Warburton.

Sunday, June 26

Writing From the Body

Zoom Event: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Register: HERE

with Brenna Fitzgerald. Writers spend a lot of time in the mind. Yet, vibrant writing is often felt in the body of the reader. Imagine what you could create from a deeper, more embodied experience of your real or imagined worlds? Through a series of mindfulness exercises and writing prompts intended to stimulate the senses and shift perspective, this workshop will explore what it means to write from the body. Participants will create rich material generated from a place of deep embodiment and learn techniques to enter mind/body connection before sitting down to write.



A New Musical Sneak Peek from WoW's NoW
Walking on Water's New Original Works!

Zoom Event.  Date and Time to be announced.

WoW's NoW--Walking on Water's New Original Works--is a new program that discovers, explores, and celebrates new works of musical theatre created by New York State writers. Submissions are evaluated by Tompkins County theatre professionals, and the top three finalists will be presented as a festival of staged readings with local actors, musicians, and directors at The Cherry Artspace from November 4 - 20, 2022. This event will serve as a "sneak peek" reading of one of the selected pieces. Join us on Zoom and celebrate regional writers and the local musical theatre artists in our community! WalkingonWaterProductions.org


Sunday, August 21

Drag Story Hour at Buffalo Street Books

Live Event: Time TBD

Drag Story Hour is just what it sounds like—drag performers reading stories to children!. Drag Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.