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Reading Queer & The Bakehouse Art Complex co-produce “Exquisite Writing”, a surrealist creative writing workshop

Reading Queer &  The Bakehouse Art Complex co-produce “Exquisite Writing”, a surrealist creative writing workshop

Reading Queer & The Bakehouse Art Complex co-produce “Exquisite Writing”, a surrealist creative writing workshop


Reading Queer and The Bakehouse Art Complex co-produce “Exquisite Writing”, a surrealist workshop led by poet & memoirist Maureen Seaton, RQ Executive Director Neil de la Flor & the RQ team. The workshop takes participants through a dynamic creative process inspired by visual art.

Reading Queer invites the whole community—writers, poets, artists, storytellers, soothsayers, literary geniuses, newbie writers and just about anyone who wants to experience the act & the art of creative writing—to the Bakehouse Art Complex for “Exquisite Writing” from 2-4pm on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

“’Exquisite Writing’ is a Surrealist writing workshop designed to unleash participants’ creative processes, and is open to everyone in the community with a love for word-play and a penchant for experimentation,” said Neil de la Flor, Reading Queer Executive Director. “No pretense. No fear. Everyone is welcome, especially those who have never taken a formal creative writing workshop.”

Co-produced with The Bakehouse Art Complex, “Exquisite Writing” will use the 2.3-acre Bakehouse campus, including the Audrey Love Gallery and individual artist studios, as inspirational platforms for a two-hour creative writing workshop co-led by poet and memoirist Maureen Seaton, RQ Executive Director Neil de la Flor & the RQ staff.

The focus of “Exquisite Writing” will be the generation of new writing using Surrealist techniques to help writers unearth ideas, images, textures and colors to enrich their creative thinking and writing processes. “Exquisite Writing” will help unblock the creative process and open up new potentialities for creative expression. This community workshop will assist writers of all levels in gaining the upper hand in their creative output. It will help writers break through invisible roadblocks to create writing that is more automatic and free from self-censorship.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at The Bakehouse Art Complex, located at 561 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL 33127. Workshop is open to the public. Suggested donation: $10. To RSVP, sign up at our Facebook event page or simply fill out the form below.


About Reading Queer

Reading Queer seeks to establish Miami as a center for queer literature through an annual week-long literary festival, creative writing workshops, a literary salon series and a literary archive. Reading Queer is open to all writers who create hybrid, genre-bending works that address queer identity. Our mission is to transform the lives of the queer community through the act & the art of creative writing and demonstrate how creative writing can be used as a medium to improve, empower, and enrich the creative lives of the community. Reading Queer is partially funded by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge Grant and a GLBT Community Project Grant from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and The Miami Foundation. To learn more about Reading Queer and our mission visit www.readingqueer.org.

About The Bakehouse Art Complex

The Bakehouse Art Complex is South Florida’s premiere center for creativity in the visual arts. Since its inception in 1986, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization has enabled and encouraged artistic creativity through diversity and collaboration. The Bakehouse provides juried emerging and mid-career artists with affordable studio spaces, exhibition opportunities, educational and artist advancement programming and common workshop spaces in an historic art deco bakery building. As a cultural hub in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, the Bakehouse is a venue for performance and critical thought, open to the public 12pm-5pm daily. For more information, visit bacfl.org.

About Maureen Seaton

Maureen Seaton is the author of fifteen poetry collections, both solo and collaborative. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Iowa Poetry Prize, Lambda Literary Award, Society of Midland Authors Award, Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize, the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award, an NEA, and the Pushcart; and has appeared in Best American Poetry and in numerous literary journals. Her memoir, Sex Talks to Girls, also garnered a “Lammy.” She teaches poetry at the University of Miami, visit www.maureenseaton.com.

About Neil de la Flor

Neil de la Flor is the author of five poetry collections, both solo and collaborative, and is the Executive Director of Reading Queer. He is also a teacher and photographer. Visit www.neaildelaflor.com.