$70, $50 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Limit 10 students.

Writing class: Saturday June 26 at 10am (session will run for 4 hours)

Students will meet at the Carriage Trade Artist Residencies at 529 Eaton St.

Find out about our seating policy, weather policy and the Covid-19 precautions we’re taking.

(Students will meet at 529 Eaton St., June 26, 10am-2pm)

(If you require financial assistance, we may be able to help)

Can oral storytelling help the creative writing process?

AIR and award-winning storyteller (Florida State Department Division of Folklife) Marie Ketsia Theodore-pharel explores the inter-sectionality of the oral and the written word. Participants discuss and practice several techniques and learn how those techniques can help with writer’s block, character, plot, and mood development.

sponsored by Cocco & Salem Gallery

Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel (prefers to be called Ketsia) was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, currently lives in Florida. She is married and has three children. Ketsia earned a bachelor’s from Tufts University and a masters in English from University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is an adjunct instructor in the humanities department at Miami Dade College.

Her children’s book, Beauty Walks in Nature, received a 2020 Purple Dragonfly Award for promoting diversity and inclusion. She was a recipient of the 2017 and 2019 State of Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Award for storytelling. Her debut novel, Rope, received four stars from Readersview.com. Kirkus review provided an insightful review as well. Other publications include “How to Get Up When Your Man’s Been on Da Down-Low” published in Faultline: Journal of Arts and Letters volume 23; “Le Bon Berger” published in So Spoke The Earth, edited by M.J. Fievre.  “Kako Blood” in the Caribbean Writer, 2011; “Mercy at the Gate” in Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat, 2011; “Haiti: a Cigarette Burning at both Ends” in Butterfly Ways: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States, edited by Edwidge Danticat, 2001; and “The Mango Tree” in Compost Magazine, 1994. Her children’s books include Beauty Walks in Nature (2010), Songs from a Tower (2009), Keeper of the Sky (2007), One More Daughter, America (2006), Daughter of the House (2005), A Fish Called Tanga (2003), I’ll Fly Away (1999).

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