Lisa Hartsgrove is program coordinator and creative writing instructor for Project Write Now. Please follow the links below for more information, or if you’d like to register for a class, camp, or event with Lisa.
Adults, On Zoom, Fridays, 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Join us for 45 minutes for instructor-led writing time. Get your thoughts out and down on the page, create a story to share with others, or escape into your own imaginative world. The choice is yours. We provide a writing prompt (and alternative), and then we write. Toward the end of the class, you can choose to read your work aloud. Research shows that daily writing has a multitude of benefits, and we provide the time, space, and support to reap those benefits. (A link to enter Zoom will be sent to your email once registered.) You also choose your payment (suggested $10) and there is a no-fee option. All proceeds support our community outreach programs.
Please note: This class is taught through Zoom video conferencing.
Ages 13-Adult, On Zoom, Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.
Three Days: July 15, July 22, & July 29
Here at PWN, we have found that art feeds art. So what better way to feed our writing journeys than to try our hands at some other creative projects such as drawing, painting, and collage? You do not have to have any “training” as an artist to attend. Just as we believe anyone can be a writer, anyone can also be an artist! All you have to do is make art. Our instructor, Lisa Hartsgrove, lives by this philosophy, and in each class she shares her experiences as a self-identified artist.
Imagination is encouraged. We do not follow a stencil or ask that you make art according to a certain eye. The art is yours and yours alone, and we want to see your artistic vision! Judgement is suspended as we learn and grow and get creative together. So join us for one-, two-, or all three-day art options as we seek inspiration from artists across all mediums and create our own original art! (Who knows? Maybe you’ll use your art as a writing prompt when you’re finished!)
Drawing with Lisa (July 15)
We invite you to join instructor Lisa Hartsgrove for a day of drawing! We start by taking a few minutes to look to some of Lisa’s most influential artists (such as The Doodle Man [Sam Cox], Kerby Rosanes, and Gemma Rakels) to draw inspiration from, and we also invite participants to share their favorites, so we can gain greater insight and inspiration from the artist community. We then discuss ideas and favorite drawing tools (Ticonderoga pencils, Micron pens, Sharpies, etc.) and talk about our personal drawing processes. We spend the majority of our time “playing on the page” and creating our final projects. Drawings are diverse and unique to each participant. Please come prepared with your preferred drawing supplies. Lisa will be using white paper and black Sharpies.
Painting with Lisa (July 22)
Instructor Lisa Hartsgrove returns for a second day, this time playing with paint! After spending a few minutes sharing some of Lisa’s most influential painters (such as Trippy Draws [Savannah Saturn], Whatacurls [Shanan], and Hannah Fernando Ngengo) and inviting participants to share their favorites as well, we discuss ideas (fluid art, watercolors, mandala paintings, etc.) and favorite painting tools (brush sets, acrylic versus water-based, etc.) and take some time to “play on the page” before committing to our final projects. Paintings are diverse and unique to each participant. Please come prepared with your preferred painting supplies. We recommend bringing at least one canvas and both water-based and acrylic paint. Lisa will be using silicone oil to create cells in her paintings as well, so if you’d like to do something similar, you can purchase your own silicone oil for paint mixing here.
Collaging with Lisa (July 29)
For our last day creating art with instructor Lisa Hartsgrove, we invite you to join us as we create dynamic collages to be used as inspiration boards, artistic backdrops, or even turned into gifts for loved ones! Lisa begins by sharing some of her favorite collage artists (such as Collage Me Now [Helen], Cult Class [Caitlyn Grabenstein], and Morysetta), and, as always, invites participants to share their favorites, as well. We then discuss ideas and favorite collaging tools (magazine clippings, photos, construction paper, etc.) before taking the rest of our time to cut out images, plan out our collages, and begin pasting our ideas onto our final works. Collages are diverse and unique to each participant. Please come prepared with your preferred collage supplies. Scissors, paste, and card stock or poster board are strongly recommended.
Please note: This workshop is taught through Zoom video conferencing.
Adults, On Zoom, Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
Six Weeks: July 21 – August 25
Do you want to write but have no idea where to start? Do nerves prevent you from joining a writing class? This class is aimed at the shy, closeted, or new writer. In a safe, supportive environment, we invite you into the storytelling mindset with the help of guided writing prompts. We bring in mentor texts as inspiration―including samples of fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, and more―and we motivate you to start and continue your own writing practice. Each week, we come together to discover the stories we really want to tell and generate ways to get them onto the page.
Please note: This class is currently taught through Zoom video conferencing.