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Adult Arts Teacher Feature: Alisha Davis Shares her Passion for Writing

The Lawrence Arts Center would like to welcome its newest instructor: Alisha Davis!

Davis currently teaches Freshman Literacy Workshop and Sophomore English at Topeka West High School. A Kansas native, Davis grew up in Emporia and attended Emporia State University before moving to Topeka to start her teaching career. She earned a master’s degree in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Davis participates in a weekly grassroots writing group, Kansas Writers, Inc., and is also a fellow with the Flint Hills Writing Project. Davis loves the craft of writing and believes the only thing better is sharing that passion with others.

Davis is teaching two courses at he Lawrence Arts Center over the winter and spring sessions:

Flash Fiction: Short but Mighty

Wednesdays, January 13 – March 3, 7 – 8:30PM

Writing doesn’t have to be long to be powerful and evocative. Learn how to write short prose and make every word count. We will cover exercises in figurative language, sensory words, and mood to create expressive pieces in less than 1,500 words. This course is perfect for new and experienced writers looking to fine-tune their prose.

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Writing to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Thursdays, March 25 – May 13, 5 – 6:30PM

Love music? Love writing? Why not combine them! Music can be a great jumping off point for writing. Movies are better with a soundtrack, so why couldn’t the same be true for your writing? Come explore fun ways to combine these two art forms.

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Be sure to check out our other exciting writing courses that are virtual, in-person, and get you out and about to explore Lawrence!

Writing Keepsake Stories with Amy Hund

Tuesdays, January 12 – March 2,  6 – 8PM

Do you have pictures filed away in the basement or stuffed in a box in the attic? Flash drives full of faded memories? Dust them off, print them out, and turn them into treasures! In this class, we’ll write the stories behind our photos. Perfect for a stand-alone keepsake, or as part of a family history or personal memoir.

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Reflections on Nature with Amy Hund

Saturdays, March 27 – May 15, 1 – 3PM

Nature is healing for the psyche and the soul. This class will use the writings of authors (well-known and not-as-well-known) for reference, and nature for inspiration. Each week, we will meet at a different location in Lawrence to soak up nature’s offerings, and craft our reflections in writing. Exploration of prose, poetry, and hybrid forms is encouraged.

Class will meet in person, outside when possible. The class may also meet via Zoom if needed.

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Writing Real Life with Jackie Hedeman

Wednesday, March 24 – April 28, 7 – 8PM

What does it mean to put yourself on the page? What relationship exists between the writer and their very real subjects? In this nonfiction writing class, we’ll discuss voice and persona, read published examples of memoir and personal essay, and explore the question of truth vs. accuracy, all while writing and workshopping short creative nonfiction pieces. Let’s take risks, share our work, and support our fellow writers with generous feedback.

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Open enrollment has begun. Enroll by December 20 for winter session classes for a $10 off discount! Enroll by March 7 for spring session classes to receive a $10 discount! Check out all of the exciting course offerings in our latest catalog.


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