Writing Workshop: Claiming Space—Creative Journaling as Daily Practice

January 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970
$10 members/students w/ID, $15 non-members.

Poets Krysten Hill and Danielle Jones will lead a workshop exploring journaling as a daily practice for writers. Regardless of genre, every writer begins by staring down the blank page, which can be both intimidating and unforgiving. But what if you think of that blank page as a chance for play? A space to rant, reconfigure, keep a record—a way to let the many sides of yourself come together on the page. We will bring images and poems intended to get the conversation started; give you strategies for revisiting old entries in order to generate new material; and you’ll leave with prompts for the first several weeks of your writing new year.

Bring your own journal, or order one for $15 when you register ahead and we’ll provide it.


Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, U35 Reading Series, and other venues. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in apt, Word Riot, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y,  Muzzle,  PANK, Winter Tangerine Review, Take Magazine and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize.

Danielle Jones holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is assistant director of the Writers House at Merrimack College. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Incessant Pipe, Memorious, and elsewhere. She’s a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.

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