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Teen Writing Workshop: Writing Action Scenes
Oct
1
5:00 PM17:00

Teen Writing Workshop: Writing Action Scenes

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.

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D.I.Y. Print Shop with Chris Bovey
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

D.I.Y. Print Shop with Chris Bovey

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!

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Hair of the Dog: Zodiac Poetry with Willow Springs Books
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Hair of the Dog: Zodiac Poetry with Willow Springs Books

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.

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Slam Poetry · A One-Day Camp for Teens
Jul
16
9:00 AM09:00

Slam Poetry · A One-Day Camp for Teens

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.

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Creating Collage Poetry
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Creating Collage Poetry

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.

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What’s So Funny?: Writing Humor Into Poetry
Jun
4
5:00 PM17:00

What’s So Funny?: Writing Humor Into Poetry

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.

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Learn to Play Magic: The Gathering
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Learn to Play Magic: The Gathering

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.

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Craft Your Own Fabric Speaker
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Craft Your Own Fabric Speaker

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.

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Poetry Workshop: I Will Put Chaos into Fourteen Lines
May
21
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry Workshop: I Will Put Chaos into Fourteen Lines

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.

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Generating Drawings with Machine Learning
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Generating Drawings with Machine Learning

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!

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Workshop: Power 2 the Poetry
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Workshop: Power 2 the Poetry

TUE. APR. 3 // 7 - 9 PM

A workshop in writing and performing powerful poetry led by the poets 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.

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Get Lit! Workshop: Creating Collaborative Comics
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit! Workshop: Creating Collaborative Comics

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.)

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 Pi Day Workshop: Making Music with Tiny Computers
Mar
10
5:00 PM17:00

Pi Day Workshop: Making Music with Tiny Computers

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 PMRegister online // $10.

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Art to Justice Make-a-thon with KSPS
Feb
10
5:00 PM17:00

Art to Justice Make-a-thon with KSPS

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.

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Make Your Own Podcast
Jan
27
9:00 AM09:00

Make Your Own Podcast

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

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Putting Together Your Poetry Manuscript
Dec
12
to Dec 14

Putting Together Your Poetry Manuscript

TUE. DEC. 12 & THU. DEC 14 // 7-9 PM

Have you written two dozen or more poems over the years? Local Poet Dennis Held leads this two-session workshop to transform your poetry collection into a book manuscript. We will discuss selecting and revising poems, how to arrange them, creating sections, finding threads that already exist in the poems and adding new poems to fill gaps. Register online // $20.

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Board Game Making Night
Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

Board Game Making Night

THU. DEC. 9 // 5-9 PM

Join us for a night of making and playing table-top games! Create a prototype for your own board game, test it out with other players and get advice from professional game makers. We'll provide materials for your prototype, and the pros will bring their own games for you to try out. 

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Toy Surgery: Turn Down the Volume!
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Toy Surgery: Turn Down the Volume!

SAT. DEC. 9 // 10 AM - 12 PM

Is your child in love with a toy that's just a little too noisy? Suffer no more! Bring it with you to this workshop, where you'll open up the "guts" and learn the simple steps to adding a resistor — which will turn down the volume a notch. Resistor and tools provided. Led by Alan Chatham, the brains behind Laboratory, Spokane's interactive art residency program. Register online // $10.

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River Poetry Walk
Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

River Poetry Walk

TUE. OCT. 17 // 5:30 PM

Meet at Spark Central and walk to the riverbanks in search of inspiration to create short poems. We will learn a simple form to help focus our expression, and then create image poetry that reflects the nature surrounding us. The class will conclude at the overlook near the Herb Hamblin Overlook in Kendall Yards. Register online // $10.

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Zine-Making Workshop
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Zine-Making Workshop

WED. OCT 4 // 7 PM

Adults & Teens 16+ // Taught by Spokane Zine Fest organizers Chelsea Martin and Ian Amberson, this workshop will introduce the tools and techniques of zine making. Attendees will learn the basics of compiling images and text to make compelling zines, as well as booklet layout for easy reproduction. Zines started in class will have the opportunity to be featured at Spokane ZineFest.

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TAROT TIME: A Book Project with Elissa Ball
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

TAROT TIME: A Book Project with Elissa Ball

Tarot cards are mysterious and often misunderstood. In this creative writing class, you'll learn how the Tarot tradition shares similarities with poetry and creative writing. Each participant in this class will pick one of 22 (Major Arcana) Tarot cards to explore through writing. By the end of this two-week project, you'll take home a beautifully bound book of Tarot cards and the words they've inspired.

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Artist Trust Series, Part 2: Branding & Marketing for Artists
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Artist Trust Series, Part 2: Branding & Marketing for Artists

Sat. Sep. 23 // 9am - 12pm 

Hosted by Artist Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Washington State artists of all disciplines thrive.

This workshop will help you develop an effective communication strategy for selling your artwork.  We will explore brand archetypes and the psychological factors that impact buyer behavior.  You will learn how to develop a comprehensive marketing plan that is in alignment with your authentic self.

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Writing Workshop // Against Forgetting: The Grief of Witness
Sep
17
3:00 PM15:00

Writing Workshop // Against Forgetting: The Grief of Witness

SUN. SEP. 9 // 3 PM

Taught by Montana poet Natalie Peeterse, this workshop is intended to address the grief some of us feel at witnessing injustice, be it across the table, across street or in another country. What is the role of the witness? When is saying something more important than saying nothing? What does it mean to observe? How do we put into words what we think and feel as violence unfolds before us? How do we do that well? There will be a discussion on the politics of witness and point of view. Later in the evening, you're invited to join Natalie for a reading at Central Food. Register online // $10.

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