The best part about flash fiction and nonfiction are that they’re bite-sized, clocking in at under 1000 (or sometimes even under 500) words! If you’ve been in a writing slump or have had trouble getting started, flash writing is a great way to get those writing gears churning due to the short and compact nature of the genre. Join Dorian Karahalios for a 4-session generative workshop where you’ll be exposed to many styles of flash, practice writing your own, and learn which pieces of flash are “rocket ships” and which are “roller coasters."
Learn the fundamental ideas and techniques behind 3D modeling. We'll be using the modeling program SketchUp and some basic geometrical concepts to create objects, structures, and even a setting for our rendered creations. The skills you learn in this class can be applied to any 3D modeling program and can be useful for many design projects like illustration, architecture, and gaming.
THUR AUG 8 & FRI AUG 9 · 7 - 9 PM · Beginner Friendly
Teens & Adults · Join us for a two-day workshop where you’ll learn the basics of good graphic design and get a grasp on how to use Adobe Illustrator, one of the main design programs used by professionals. Walk away at the end with the basic skills you'll need to create clean, beautiful designs, whether you’re designing a newsletter, a report, or a flyer, and practice using theses new skills in the workshop by designing your own flyer!
Join Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson for a chance to bring your collected poetry, art, or prose from a pile of notes and texts to a fully realized publication. Mark will be on hand to help you figure out what to keep in your collection, how to best order your writing, and what kind of edits need to be made. You'll come away from the workshop with 5 copies of the interiors of your publication, a digital file of your publication for further printing, and a 30 day free membership to the Spokane Print & Publishing Center. Sign up online.
Learn the fundamentals of creating a publication; get to know why page count, page size, and margins are so important. We'll cover the basics of cover design, creating a title page, constructing a table of contents, and placing images into the interior of your book - everything you'll need to know before hitting Ctrl P. Presented in partnership with Spokane Print & Publishing Center. Sign up online.
THUR JUN 20 · 7 - 9 PM
Teens & Adults · Join us for a revival of radio theatre! In a flash we'll form the cast of a radio program, create sound effects, and run-through a full-length script of classic radio programming. Come experiment with the arts of voice acting and making sound effects. Sign up online.
SAT MAR 23 · 10 AM - 12 PM
Join us for a ticketed craft class by authors Keetje Kuipers, Erika Meitner, and Geffrey Davis. This event is a fundraiser to benefit both Get Lit! Programs and Spark Central. The class will be capped at 25 people, and a link to purchase tickets will be provided soon.
Get Lit! and Spark Central are both non-profits with low budgets that work tirelessly to encourage creativity and learning in the Spokane area. This event is a great opportunity to support the community while listening to these accomplished poets.
THUR MAR 21 · 7 - 8:30 PM
Join us on World Poetry Day for a workshop in writing and performing powerful poetry led by Bethany Montgomery of Power 2 The Poetry, a local movement promoting freedom of expression, providing a platform to underrepresented demographics in our community and growing awareness of social, cultural, and political issues.
This program is free, but registration is required.
This benefit for Spark Central is a writing workshop and book project that explores our relationship, emotions, and memories with the recipes that have filled our kitchens. Bring a recipe or two that spark inspiration and let our guest teachers—Kate Lebo, Megan Cuilla, Laura Read, and Mark Anderson—take care of the rest. Your $40 ticket includes a copy of the writing anthology and cookbook in which your piece will appear at a public book release and reading on April 23rd during the GetLit! Festival.
THUR MAR 7 · 7 - 8:30 PM
SESSION 3 of 3
Adults& Teens · So you've got great podcast audio ready to go! Now what?
This third of three Podcasting 101 sessions will cover how to get your podcast listed in major podcast directories, creating an online presence, building fan communities, and tracking your success.
Planning on trying to earn money from your efforts? We'll also cover courting advertisers, creating Patreon support structures, and social media marketing.
THUR FEB 28 · 7 - 8:30 PM
SESSION 2 of 3
Adults & Teens · So you've got a podcast idea, sketched out your plan, and have started pre-production work. It's time to start recording!
This second of three Podcasting 101 sessions will be hands-on training on recording and editing audio using the free editing software Audacity.
We'll cover recording and editing human speech, adding music, sound effects, and a few considerations about remote voice acting.
SAT FEB 23 & MAR 2 · 10 AM - 12 PM
Ages 10 to Teens · Practice writing your own music and lyrics with Andy Rumsey, Music Education Specialist for Spokane Public Library. Sign up online.
On Day One of this playshop, we’ll cover basic music vocabulary and introductory elements of writing music for a song. Kids can practice using the language of music to discuss music with their peers and explore collaboration. From verses to bridges, children of all musical experience levels can learn how to apply concepts to the instruments of their choice.
Day Two, we’ll discuss the benefits of writing and strategies for writing lyrics for music. Whether short- or long-form, pop or soul, students can build confidence in their approach and communication through music. Music is a language we can all connect to, and collaboration is encouraged!
This program is free thanks to community support & presented in partnership with Spokane Public Library.
THUR FEB 21 · 7 - 8:30 PM
SESSION 1 of 3
Adults & Teens · When you're thinking about creating a podcast, you want to be sure to start with a solid plan and the equipment to make what you're imagining.
In this first of three Podcasting 101 sessions, you'll learn about the different types of podcasts you might make, and what equipment, pre-production, and teams they require.
We'll workshop your podcast ideas, and go over gear recommendations (from scrappy to fancy).
Mon Oct 1 · 5 - 7 pm
Grades 9 - 12 · Intimidated by writing action scenes as dynamic as those you see on the big screen? Learn how you can use filmmaking techniques to create exciting action that keeps your reader glued to the page. Taught by indie novelist and filmmaker Adrienne Dellwo. Sign up online.
Sat Sep 15 · 7 - 9 pm
Learn to print like a pro at our D.I.Y Print Shop night with Chris Bovey — creator of the iconic Vintage Spokane Prints series. This is a free workshop, and it's also a "friend-raiser" — so you'll have the chance to purchase upgrades like t-shirts, fancy paper and extra supplies to support Spark Central (and take home some cool stuff). Either way, you'll leave with several pieces you've created yourself — and tons of new artsy skills!
This program is free thanks to community support. No pre-registration needed!
THU SEP 13 · 7 - 9 PM
Join Willow Springs Books for a generative poetry workshop centered on the dog within. Thanks to a Spokane Arts Grant Award, participants will have the opportunity to have their poems published next to nationally recognized poets in Volume II of the Zodiac Poetry Series Hair of the Dog, in an online pop-up magazine, and in SCRAPS dog adoption ads. Sign up online.
Mon. Jul. 16 · 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grades 9 - 12 · Come learn how to poetry slam with the Spokane Poetry Slam and Spokane's own poet laureate, Mark L. Anderson. Participants will learn how to write, memorize, and perform their own work, and hear poems from some of Spokane's top performers at this day-long writing camp. Registration required.
Thu. Jun. 7 · 7 - 9 PM
Combine elements of poetry and collage in this hands-on workshop led by Spokane poet Kat Smith. We’ll cut, paste, combine, and erase to bring together words and images from a variety of sources — “pawing through popular culture like sculptors on trash heaps,” as writer Annie Dillard puts it.
You’ll go home with an original piece of visual poetry, along with the skills to create more on your own. Source materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any books, magazines, postcards, etc., to incorporate into your poetic collage. All experience levels welcome.
Combine elements of poetry and collage in this hands-on workshop led by Spokane poet Kat Smith. We’ll cut, paste, combine, and erase to bring together words and images from a variety of sources — “pawing through popular culture like sculptors on trash heaps,” as writer Annie Dillard puts it. You’ll go home with an original piece of visual poetry, along with the skills to create more on your own. Source materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any books, magazines, postcards, etc., to incorporate into your poetic collage. All experience levels welcome.
MON. JUN. 4 · 5 - 7 PM
Join Aileen Keown Vaux, author of the chapbook Consolation Prize (Scablands Books 2018) for a workshop on how to incorporate absurdism and humor into your poetry. Drawing on a diverse range of influences like Jack Handey’s “Deep Thoughts,” poets Jennifer L. Knox and Charles Simic, along with stand-up comedians like Maria Bamford, we will dissect how syntax, rising tension, and surreal imagery work together to elicit laughs from your readers.
SAT. JUN. 2 · 10 AM - 12 PM
Ages 12+ · Come learn to play Magic: The Gathering in a fun and encouraging environment! Magic is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and continues to be one of the most popular collectible trading card games in the world. Local Magic players will help teach you the rules of the game, and all players will take home a free 30-card deck and some free cards to add to it. No cost · Registration required.
TUE. MAY 22 · 7 - 9 PM
We tend to think that the fabric we wear or sleep on or hang on our windows are quiet. But they can actually get quite noisy by adding some conductive thread and a few simple electronic components. In fact, you might find they have a lot to say and many stories to tell.
For the first part of this workshop, you will learn how to make a soft speaker out of fabrics, conductive thread, and a magnet. In the second part, you will record a story for your soft speaker to tell.
MON. MAY. 21 · 5 - 7 PM
Join Henrietta Goodman, author of All That Held Us (a memoir in sonnets), to explore how formal structures can provide shape to personal material and lead us in unexpected, exciting directions. Beginning and experienced writers of poetry (and prose) welcome. Whether you bring work-in-progress or a blank page, we will experiment, learn, and share! Register online · $10.
SAT. MAY 19 // 9:30 AM - 8 PM
Do you like making things? Come build a game in eight hours! Video game makers and interactive artists of all experience levels are invited to sign up to make something in a day. Food, snacks, and encouragement provided for creators to start and finish a project.
THU. APR. 19 // 7 PM - 9 PM
Learn the basics of using artificial intelligence to make images. Machine learning is increasingly showing its potential for artistic applications. We'll look at notable artistic projects in the field, learn a bit about how machine learning works and experiment with basic machine learning setups. You'll leave with a better understanding of what it means to be a self-thinking artistic machine!
THU. MAR. 22 // 7 - 9 PM
Join local comics creators for a collaborative experience writing and illustrating comics. In the process, you'll learn each artist's approach to conceptualizing and creating their work. The collaborative pieces will be illustrated by the instructors. Tiffany Patterson, Derrick Freeland, Chelsea Martin, Simeon Mills and published on limited edition postcards for the Get Lit! Festival. Artwork created at this workshop will be unveiled at a Get Lit! event at the Bartlett on April 25. Register online // $10 (no-cost registration available.)
A poetry book project of astronomical proportions led by Mark Anderson, Spokane Poet Laureate, & Laura Read, former Spokane Poet Laureate
SAT. MAR. 10 // 5 - 8 PM
ADULTS & KIDS AGES 12 + // Join an all-star team of local tinkerers, techies and music-makers to explore the world of electronic music. Learn to make sound using Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Micro:bit and other pint-sized computers — plus, perhaps, a banana, a synthesizer or some play-doh. Once you've created your magnificent musical machine, you're invited to showcase it at our Pi Day Celebration on Mar. 14 @ 6 PM. Register online // $10.
THU. MAR. 8 // 7 - 9 PM
What's in your character's pocket? What's that one thing about your character that contradicts everything else? Join local author Bruce Holbert to explore what makes a character more interesting — more human. Register online // $10 (no-cost registration available.)
SAT. FEB. 10 // 5 - 9 PM
Think of an issue you care about — perhaps one that affects you personally. What would you gain from making art around this issue? How could your art impact others? This is your chance to create a meaningful piece of art — visual, auditory, literary; it’s up to you — to share with your community.
SAT. FEB. 3 // 9 AM - 12 PM
Join dementia care expert Judy Cornish JD and Gerontologist Debby Dodds MS for a hands-on practical workshop on living well with dementia. (Bring your iPad or borrow one of ours.)
SAT. JAN. 27 // 9 AM - 12 PM (Open lab time from 12 PM - 5 PM)
Conceptualize your first podcast with help from seasoned podcasters. Then, learn what you'll need to bring it to life. Get gear recommendations (from scrappy to fancy) and learn to record and edit it using free audio editing software Audacity. Sign up with a friend, fly solo, or recruit a co-host when you arrive. After the class, you can use our drop-in hours as "lab time" to complete your project.
The instructors, Andrea Parrish and Jeremiah Puhek, are the creators of the podcast A Thousand Things to Talk About.
Thu. Jan. 25 // 7 - 9 PM
In 1975, musical genius Brian Eno created a deck of 100 cards, each of which offers a suggestion or a constraint to help unlock creativity through lateral thinking. Get your own and practice using them! Register online // $10.