“Creative writing isn’t just about what you know. It’s about discovering what you’ve forgotten through the process of creative writing.” –Neil de la Flor
Reading Queer’s first Community Writing Workshop, “Exquisite Writing”, a Creative Writing Workshop led by Maureen Seaton & Neil de la Flor, was a resounding success! We wrote collaborative exquisite corpse poems, ekphrastic poems and even some confessional poems. It was a fun, inspirational day running around the nooks and crannies of the fabulous Bakehouse Art Complex. Over 40 humans and human babies joined the workshop.
This workshop was open to everyone regardless of experience or ability to pay. Future workshops are currently being programed, so follow us on Facebook or join our email list to keep up. To donate to our mission to transform the community, visit our donation page here.
“’Exquisite Writing’ is a Surrealist writing workshop designed to unleash participants’ creative drives who have 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” uses the 2.3-acre Bakehouse campus, including the Audrey Love Gallery and individual artist studios, as inspirational platforms for a three-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” was 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” unblocks the creative process and opens up new potentialities for creative expression. This community workshop assisted writers of all levels in gaining the upper hand in their creative output. It helped writers break through invisible roadblocks to create writing that is more automatic and free from self-censorship.
The workshop took 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. To view the syllabus, visit here.
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.