You may or may not know that the M.I.A. Art & Literary Series organizes monthly performances at Fresh Cafe from September – May. But it’s hard for M.I.A. to go missing in action, even if it is summer vacation. Last summer, in our off-time, we launched The Summer Hiatus Artist Sessions, a successful series of workshops lead by some of Honolulu’s most creative teachers and community leaders. This summer, we’ve stepped up our game, offering five free workshops focusing on fiction, drama, book-making, visual art, and poetry.
MONDAY, JUNE 18TH 6PM-7PM
DONALD CARRERIA CHING
“Beneath the Surface: Where Story Starts, How We Start, and Why”
As the old adage goes, you can’t judge a book by a cover, but what about the first few lines? How much weight can a sentence carry, what draws us in? Come explore where story begins by looking at what else: their beginnings. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the importance of the first lines of a piece, touching on what makes them work and what they do, both for the reader and the story. Challenge yourself by drawing up as many beginnings as you can, and then taking it one step further: a story in four lines or less. Participants should come prepared to dig deep and get dirty. Share where your story starts and see where it can take you.
MONDAY, JUNE 18TH 7PM-8PM
LURANA DONNELS O’MALLEY
“Games for Playwrights and Non-Playwrights”
Oh, the drama of it all! In this class, participants will be guided in a series of games to create characters and conflicts, building those into scene explorations that are beyond the ordinary.
MONDAY, JULY 16TH 6PM-8PM
“Drawing Is Another Kind of Language”
Drawing is the language of mark making. Every mark has a force, direction, speed, density, scale, and texture. In this class participants will explore the expressive qualities of mark making and fold (literally) those explorations into a simple, visual book. Come prepared to mess around.
MONDAY, AUG 20th 6PM-7PM
“The Material Word: Thinking Visually About Your Text”
Photographs. Drawings. Typography. Handwritten notes. Collage. Embroidery. Sculpture. Found elements. Come talk about the different ways you can incorporate visual elements into your works, or the different ways you can make your existing works more visually dynamic.
MONDAY, AUG 20th 7PM-8PM
“Writing Something Out of Nothing”
This session will focus on generating new material. It will involve an intensive exercise meant to push writers out of their comfort zone and force them to come up with something new and unexpected.
To RSVP, please complete the form below, using the drop-down menu to select the workshop you plan to attend. If you plan to attend more than one, please include which workshops in the comments field.