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Place Called Home: A Writing Workshop

Writing with Willona

Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Place Called Home: A Writing Workshop

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The post-revolutionary Iran of Marjane Satrapi’s memoir, Persepolis, the Harlem jazz clubs of Langston Hughes’ poetry, and Sandra Cisneros’ house on Mango Street exemplify how “place” can act as a character in non-fiction, poetry, or fiction. Through vivid descriptions of place--and the people in them-- readers can become explorers, discovering new worlds and customs. 

Whether you identify as a poet, fiction writer or essayist, this workshop will teach you how to capture your readers’ imaginations and stimulate their curiosity with authentic descriptions of places and settings.

Through guided writing exercises you will explore the spaces that you call “home.” From your hometown to the adopted city that you love, from the little town you discovered on vacation to your mother’s homeland, there are many spots that you might claim as your home.

Home is a place, a memory, a feeling. In this workshop, you will travel to the spaces you know best and discover just what it is that makes them special.

While we will focus on non-fiction writing exercises we won’t be sticking to just the facts. You will stretch your fictional storytelling skills and even pen poems about place, as you experiment across literary genres.  

This workshop is open to writers of all levels and backgrounds. Never taken a workshop before? Join us.


About Willona

The workshop will be led by Willona M. Sloan, who is a writer and editor from a lovely suburban community in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  She has written about D.C. arts and culture for several magazines, including Northern Virginia, DC, and The University of Virginia magazine. She received a 2013 Artist Fellowship award from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Willona wrote about her hometown, Reston, for the  Washington Post and she compiled the popular ebook Come to Our Show: Punk Show Flyers from D.C. to Down Under to showcase flyers from D.C., the city she now calls home.


Location note: Source is near the U Street Metro. 


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When & Where

1835 14th Street, NW

Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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Writing with Willona

Writing with Willona is a series of writing and networking programs, held in Washington, D.C.

Willona M. Sloan has published non-fiction, fiction and poetry in numerous publications. She teaches creative and professional writing workshops and leads literary-focused networking events. She has taught workshops in the Washington, DC area at the Writer’s Center and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She also has led workshops in Canada and Iceland. 


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