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Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) English Department invites community members to participate in one-day creative writing workshops on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m., and Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The February workshop will focus on “generative writing” exercises to help writers jumpstart their practice in any genre. The March workshop will focus on poetry, from generating new material to revision. Both workshops will be held on the Lakewood campus.

Finding time to write is a common challenge, so RRCC’s English faculty designed these workshops to help local writers launch a vibrant writing practice. These one-day workshops will serve busy community members who might not be able to commit to one of RRCC’s many semester-long creative writing classes.

Elyse Marsh and Amy Braziller will lead the Generative Writing workshop on Feb. 23. Both instructors are published writers who have taught at RRCC for many years and have coordinated the college’s student-run literary magazine, Obscura.

“It’s easy to resolve to write more, especially at the first of the year,” says Braziller. “This workshop will equip you to follow through with that commitment, from finding your writing self to revitalizing your creative impulse.”

Marsh adds, “You’ll leave with material you can build on – something you’ll be excited to get back to so you don’t lose that momentum.”

Paul Gallagher and Sandra McRae Sajbel will lead the Poetry workshop on March 16, on the Lakewood campus in room 1153.

“We’ll have ideas and exercises that any poet can run with,” says Gallagher, “whether you’re seasoned in your craft or just starting out. Sometimes it’s that outside influence that really shakes things loose and before you know it, you’ve got a piece you can be proud of.”

“Yes, stirring the pot is always good,” adds McRae. “And with poetry, sometimes even a subtle shift really makes the difference between an adequate poem and one that opens up and really stays with the reader.”

The workshop fee is $25.

To register for either workshop or both, please call 303-914-6221. Questions? Contact Sandra Sajbel at sandra.sajbel@rrcc.edu.