Readings & Workshops

 Upcoming Events:

Auvillar Performance

Maria James-Thiaw performing “Ode to the Macaroons” in French and English for the VCCA and villagers in Auvillar, France, May, 2015.

Dreams For Sale: Human Trafficking

  • December 8, 2016,  5:30 pm
  • $15 per person, students $5
  • Capital BlueCross Theatre,   Central Penn College
  • Fundraiser for The Harrisburg Chapter of the Links. For tickets contact: Mary James, 717-599-5950; maryjames@centralpenn.edu.

Untitled: Story Slam

Will Maria repeat her 2015 win??? Cheer her on!

  • Friday, January 10 at 7 PM
  • $5.00 per person
  • Midtown Cinema, 250 Reiley Street, Harrisburg, PA

Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writer’s Wordshop

  • Open mic night every Friday but the third
  • 7 PM – 9PM
  • Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. Third St. in Harrisburg, PA.

 I have over 12 years full-time professional teaching experience on the college level and 20 years experience leading entertaining and inspiring community workshops for everyone from children to senior citizens. I am a community artist dedicated to teaching excellence. In addition, I am a Teaching Artist with Jumpstreet’s arts-in-education-program. For more information, visit http://www.jumpstreet.org or email bookings@mariathepoet.ink

 Workshops for Writers

These workshops are for poets interested in honing their craft or learning more about the art of poetry writing or performance. Contact bookings@mariathepoet.ink or 702-901-POET to book a workshop. Best for groups of 6 – 10. $30 per session for each participant. Cash, Paypal or credit/debit accepted. Materials provided. Each participant receives a free book.

Show, Don’t Tell: Using imagery to bring your work to life!

Creative exercises to help poets go from abstract ideas to concrete word-pictures, making their poems more vivid, beautiful and clear for their readers.

Awakening the Muse: Overcoming writer’s block

Learn some relaxation techniques, writing prompts and creative ideas to overcome the dreaded white page and get writing again!

Ekphrasis in Action: Writing inspired by Art

Use fine art and photography as a prompt for your next poem. Examples include poetry from Talking “White.”

Fiyah!!! Performance Workshop

Whether you are preparing for a poetry slam or an open mic night, learn to go beyond poetry ‘reading’ to performing with this fun, interactive workshop.

Poetry Craft Nights

Get the girls together for a relaxing and fun evening making your words into visual art. From journals to jewelry, you bring the wine, and leave the craft supplies to Maria!

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