Well-Placed Commas: A Weekly Poetry Workshop
Workshop Details: A 16+ writing workshop open to all levels of experience. We do not censor for content, but we do expect people to be held accountable for their words. Held every Sunday from 12-2 pm at Strike Theater (824 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis). Follow us on Facebook.
Workshop Mission Statement: Well-Placed Commas is a 16+ collaborative arts space centered around poetry and community building. The space aims to provide a constructive workshop space for people from various types of communities, especially those that might not otherwise have access to a writing workshop and/or editing space. We hope to help amplify people’s voices and support them in presenting their narratives, teaching them various writing techniques and providing a brave space to share work. Here at WPC, we also believe in both free speech and holding people accountable for their words. Dialogue is encouraged, and absolutely everyone is welcome!
The Workshop is run by Word Sprout's own Ollie Renee Schminkey.
They are a genderqueer poet/activist who is the director of the Macalester Poetry Slam. They have competed on the nationally ranked MacSlams CUPSI team for two years, placed 9th in the nation with the 2013 Minneapolis SlamMN! Adult Nationals team, placed 2nd at the 2013 Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up, and placed fourth at the 2013 Rustbelt with the Macalester team. In addition to founding and running "Well-Placed Commas: A Weekly Poetry Workshop", they have also performed and published work with 20% Theatre Company's The Naked I: Insides Out, and they tour locally with this show. They are the author of one chapbook, The Taste of Iron, and they have featured at venues and events such as Rachel McKibben's Poetry and Pie Night, Slam Free or Die, Port Veritas, Mama's Crowbar, Zeke Russell's New Shit Show, OUTspoken!, Intermedia Arts, and Patrick's Cabaret. You can check them out at their website: http://ollieschminkey.weebly.com/