Manistee Raising Writers (Beginning Levels)

Date:  Session 1: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1 Session 2: 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7

Format:  Youth Amory Project

Time:  3:30-4:30 PM

Class Size:  8-12   
Grade Level: 6-12th Grades

Using Your Voice: Self Discovery and Celebration Through Creative Writing.
Through free-writing, play, risk-taking, and quiet reflection, we’ll discover new ways to use our
distinct voices. Together, we’ll study contemporary poets and writers as models for student work. This
class is for all levels of experience. Students will have opportunities to workshop and revise in
class, as well as practice reading aloud in front of an audience of peers. We’ll learn how
creative expression can be a source of encouragement and meaning in our lives. Students will be encouraged
to explore a range of styles. Poetry, fiction, essay, journalism and creative non-fiction will be sampled.
All students will also have the opportunity to publish work in the 2023-2024 issue of the National Writers Series’ annual literary magazine, published each spring!


About: Lauren K Carlson

Lauren K. Carlson is the author of Animals I Have Killed (Comstock Review Chapbook Prize 2018). Her work has recently appeared in Crab Creek ReviewSalamander MagazineTerrainThe Windhover and Waxwing. In 2021 she won the Levis Stipend from Friends of Writers for her full-length collection Steelhead (forthcoming 2025). The inaugural Lorine Niedecker fellow, Lauren’s writing has been supported by Tin House, Napa Valley Writers Conference and Sewanee Writers Conference. Lauren currently serves as editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and holds an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

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