“Beyond Imagination”

The Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts  2nd annual Writers Workshop Day “Beyond Imagination” is scheduled for May 13, 2017.

This all day event for new, emerging and advanced writers, features six 80-minute workshops in poetry and prose led by local, award-winning writers. Participants will have the opportunity to read from their own work at the open mic.

When: May 13, 2017

Time: 9 am- 4 pm

Cost: $65, includes continental breakfast and lunch. $60 until April 1. Register now

Our workshops will be facilitated by the following award-winning authors:

Session One:

Becca Barniskis 

Becca Barniskis has been teaching writing and poetry to students of all ages for over 15 years. She has a chapbook of poems, Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket.

Beyond Normal: Expand your writing techniques! Becca will lead a workshop on going beyond “normal” poetic techniques. Look for surprising language and associations using found text and visual art images. Select text from books, newspapers, magazines, song lyrics— even find language in visual images—and arrange the fragments in different patterns. Discover the collision of unexpected sonic and associative elements through this “sampling,” and expand your notion of what poetry is and what it can do!


Kris Woll 

Kris Woll is a Minneapolis-based writer interested in the pasts that we’ve lived, imagined, and inherited. Her essays have appeared in Edible Twin Cities, Minnesota magazine, and on the stage of Listen To Your Mother.

A Place in Time (Creative nonfiction): Writers will craft a short piece of nonfiction focused on a place — real or imagined — that is significant in their lives. Use creative prompts to gather important details about that place, and spend time writing, sharing, and responding to what we write.

Session Two:

Paula Cisewski 

Paula Cisewski is the author of two books and three poetry chapbooks, including Ghost Fargo, which was selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Prize. Her poems and her essays appear widely in literary magazines.

A Surrealist Parlor Game Session: If you’re experiencing writer’s block or just looking for a way to invigorate your writing practice, this workshop is for you. We’ll experiment with a number of games of chance to generate writing in class. We’ll discuss ways you’ll be able to adapt these ideas to your personal writing practice.


Katherine Schaefer ***CLASS IS FULL***

Katherine Schaefer has been published in The Talking Stick, Minnetonka Review, and Digit. She received grants and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Key West Literary Seminar, and Brainerd Writers’ Alliance.

Fact or Fiction for Prose Writers: This workshop will consider how to use real life experiences to lend authenticity to fiction, as well as how to use imagination to deepen and enrich creative nonfiction and memoir. With short writing exercises, discussion, and handouts for further reading, we’ll look at when and why to use fact or fiction in our work, and how to draw a clear line between the two.

Session Three:

Robin Rozanski 

Robin Rozanski’s writing has appeared in A cappella Zoo, Thrice Fiction, The Austin Review, and others . She was a recipient of the InterMedia Arts Beyond the Pure Fellowship.

Far Out Fiction: Push Your Imagination: Rethink form, unthink rules, be surprised by what you find in your mind! We’ll start with strange yet familiar folktales, and jump off into the surreal, absurd, and sci-fi fantastic of your own making. Includes presentation, prompts d exercises, group conversation, and time to write.


Diego Vazquez 

Diego Vazquez  has taught writing workshops across the metro area and has been published in a number of publications over the past twenty years. A Loft Mentor in Fiction for 2014–2015, he is the author of the novel Growing Through the Ugly.

Borrow From Yourself

This session will make use of your past writing in order to create new work. When slowed down by lack of imagination, a search your past writing can help jump start your next great project. Bring your journals, files, old documents and use these to find gems from which to write a new work in progress.


Upon Registration, students will be sent a link to fill out their instructor and lunch preferences.  Register here