Thu. Mar. 9 // 7 PM
Jerry White tells the story of how he came to be Spokane's Riverkeeper, dedicated to keeping the Spokane River heathy and clean. Come sip wine and be inspired.
Mon. Mar. 27 & Apr. 3 // 6 PM
Through a two-session writing workshop, we'll explore our experiences with creatures often left on the margins of affection and then workshop our pieces. Poems will appear in a limited edition Spark Central chapbook released during GetLit! on Tuesday, April 18th. This is a three-night commitment.
Tue., Apr. 18 // 7 PM
Enjoy poems from the poetry workshop “Unloved: A Poetic Encyclopedia of Ostracized Animals.” Snag your copy of the limited-edition poetry chapbook released as part of the GetLit! Festival.
Thu., Apr. 20 // 4 PM
Young writers Lauren Gilmore (Outdancing the Universe), Ben Read, and Brittan Hart (editor of RiverSide Storybook) share how to go from good to exceptional in your writing craft. Topics include what useful workshopping looks like, how to find meaningful feedback and opportunities to grow your skills, how to keep writing when the "feeling" isn't there, and strategies to make time to write while balancing homework and extracurricular activities.
Sat. Apr. 22 // 12 AM - 5 PM
We're celebrating Earth Day by making our popular Drop In & Science program an all-day event! Kids of all ages (yes, that means adults, too!) are invited to plant seed starts and participate in Earth science-inspired art and writing projects.
Pivot is a brand-new live storytelling series in Spokane with support from Spark Central, Spokane Arts, Gonzaga University, and more. Please join us for the first Pivot event, featuring stories that center on the theme of "New Beginnings."
Thu. Feb 16 // 6 PM
TEENS // Lights, camera, action! Join us for the kick off of Fired Up Film Festival (FuFF), where teens and amateur filmmakers have fun while creating a powerful film over a weekend. Register online. (Check back soon for the registration link!)
Sat. Feb. 11 // 9AM
Local arts organizations and creative spaces, including Spokane Arts, Laboratory Spokane, Terrain, and many others, gather to discuss their programs and resources for artists of all disciplines. You'll learn whats happening across Spokane's arts community, how you can benefit from their services, and what you can do to get more involved. Presentations are followed by a Q&A and informal meet-and-greet. No cost. No registration necessary.
Thu. Feb. 9 // 7 PM
Stephanie Oakes, author of "The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly," leads a workshop exploring what makes a unique post-apocalyptic story — and how to write one. Registration required.
SAT. JAN. 28 // 7 PM
Experience the work of Seattle poets Jane Wong and Quenton Baker as they read their poetry and discuss the Poetics of Haunting. “A poetics of haunting insists on invocation: a deliberate, powerful, and provocative move toward haunted places.”
Join us for a night of laughter, entertainment, and giving as bestselling author Jess Walter banters with actress, comedian, author, and former Saturday Night Live star Julia Sweeney and author and screenwriter Maria Semple about how they found their path to their creative passion.
Thu. Jan. 12 // 6:30 PM
A workshop for poets, writers and comics of all skill levels who plan to submit pieces for the third edition of Lilac City Fairy Tales. Award-winning author Sharma Shields jumpstarts your creative process with prompts and inspiration around the theme “Weird Sisters.” (Think: witches, hags, the fates, siblings, and power!) She’ll also review submission details for the third edition of the Lilac City Fairy Tales anthology. $10. Registration required.
Saturday, Dec. 17 // 10-12 xPM
GRADES 3-6 // Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Join us for the fun of coding! Register online.
Submissions close Feb. 19
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS // Submit your anonymous, true story about West Central and it could be chosen to be read by actors and appear on one on three Dial-a-Story booths in West Central. Submit at tinyurl.com/dialastory.
Thursday, December 8, 15 & 22 // 6 PM - 8 PM
Bared Bones Writing is when we come together in sacred space, to tell the stories held in our flesh and bones, and to listen to each other with open hearts, healing happens. Bare Bones Writing gives you a safe and sacred way to play with words, and the modality of writing. It is a place to begin to trust your voice and to silence the inner critic. We write from prompts, often jumping off a line from a poem and we write fast and furiously, keeping the pen moving at all times to sprint past the inner critic. Then we read aloud to one another. Each of us thinking, “Oh, no, I can’t read THAT to anyone.” Yet we do. We push through the fear and we are seen and heard by the group, who then offers a word or a phrase back to the writer. Perfect for the explorer, seeker, novice or seasoned writer. $75 includes all three sessions. Register online.
In Spark Central’s Taproot Speaker Series, Spokane cultural and community leaders entertain and inspire audiences with the story of how they came to do what they do today. December 6th's speaker is Sandra Williams, founder and editor of The Black Lense News.