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The Rules & How to Break Them: Creative Writing for Grades 6-12 @ Lafayette Writers' Studio
Apr 7 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 28 @ 5:30 pm

Writers are people who read, write, and rewrite. They know the rules. They know how—and when!—to break them. We’ll practice The Writing Life together during this online workshop. We’ll encourage each other’s writing dreams to take shape on the page.


How it works: In this workshop class we will meet four times in April for 1.5 hours. We will read and discuss poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction written by young writers. Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers), the instructor, will offer a framework for talking about the craft of each piece. We will use this framework to better understand how writing moves our hearts, minds, and bodies.

Each writer will have the option to share their own writing during each session. We will respond with claps, snaps, kudos, and/or details, depending on the writer’s feedback preferences.

Each session will feature reading, writing, revision, and celebration. Lauren will share links and resources for further exploration, as well as answer questions regarding revision, publication, and writing opportunities.

Who is the Instructor?

Lauren Mallett’s (she/her/hers) poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, RHINO, Fugue, Passages North, and other journals. She has taught for the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop since 2008. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, CA from 2010-2013. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. She is a 2016 and 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. Lauren lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the traditional homelands of the Clatsop people. Her current obsessions are banana slugs and fly amanita mushrooms. She believes that deep listening and trust are the encouragement we all need to tell our stories.

When is this class offered?

This class is offered virtually and meets from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST on four Wednesdays in April: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, and 4/28. It is open to writers ages 11-18 who are interested in writing and learning more about creative writing. The class is capped at 12 students and registration closes one week prior to the start of class. Three scholarships are available for BIPOC, Queer, and/or Trans writers (please contact Lauren at mallett [dot] lauren [at] gmail [dot] com for scholarship enrollment details). Tuition includes the option to meet with Lauren for a 30-minute, one-on-one conference via Zoom or phone during the first and/or last week of the workshop.

Call for poems in response to a painting and/or a song
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This year the Mid-Valley Poetry Society’s spring Poetry in Performance program will be a Zoom event, held Sunday, April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. It will focus on the theme “Healing Fractures” and will feature presentations by Salem painter and writer Cynthia Herron and singer-songwriter Kristen Grainger of the folk-bluegrass group True North.

In anticipation of this program, the MVPS is inviting poets to write poems in response to a visual work, “Low Field with Mended Oak Leaf,” by Cynthia Herron and/or a song, “The Ghost of Abuelito,” by Kristen Grainger. (Abuelito is Spanish for grandpa or granddad – an affectionate variant of abuelo/grandfather.) Then attend the April 25th event and perform the poems during the open mic segment of the program.

Three images of Herron’s work are attached – one showing the entire painting and two showing details of different areas. What the images on a flat screen can’t show: It’s 24” W x 20” H and nearly two inches thick; the niche in the center is six inches square and about an inch and a half deep.

To hear Grainger’s song in a performance with the True North band, enter in your web browser.

These two works, the visual piece and the song, inspired the idea of a Poetry in Performance program on the theme of “Healing Fractures.” We hope that one or both will inspire you to write a poem in response and that you will share the poem(s) during the open mic segment of the April 25th program.

Please share this call with other poets you know. More information on the entire program will follow soon.

Salem Poetry Project on Zoom Featured Reader Amelia Díaz Ettinger
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Amelia Díaz Ettinger is a ‘Mexi-Rican,’ born in México but raised in Puerto Rico. As a BIPOC poet and writer, she has two full-length poetry books published; Learning to Love a Western Sky by Airlie Press, and a bilingual poetry book, Speaking at a Time /Hablando a la Vez by Redbat Press. A historical/environmental poetry chapbook, Fossils in a Red Flag is being released by Finishing Line Press, in 2021. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Her short story ‘A Girl Like Me,” won honorable mention this year by Ice Colony. Presently, Amelia Díaz Ettinger is working on an MFA in creative writing at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande Oregon.

Featured reader starts at 7:00 followed directly by an open mic.

This is a virtual event on zoom, details:
Meeting ID: 812 2168 1959
Password: 593077

The Poetry Box LIVE – May Edition (Dianalee Velie, Zeina Azzam, Julia Paul) @ Online via Zoom
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Poetry Box LIVE – May Edition
May 8, [email protected] 4:00 PM (Pacific) / 7:00 PM (Eastern)

Join Zoom Meeting:
No registration required, simply click on link about 5 minutes before the show:

Meeting ID: 918 3430 0143
Passcode: 115764

May Featured Poets:

Julia Paul (Connecticut) – author of STARING DOWN THE TRACKS
Zeina Azzam (Virginia) – author of BAYNA BAYNA: IN-BETWEEN
Dianalee Velie (New Hampshire) – author of ITALIAN LESSON

First Draft Writers’ Series with Amelia Ettinger @ Pendleton Center for the Arts
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm

This is a Zoom-based event. Request a link by emailing [email protected] Visit for more information and to see the 100+ notable authors who’ve been part of the series.