ADULTS

COLLAGE offers creative, hands-on workshops for adults. Please contact us for schedule information.

ON-GOING GENERATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Workshop instructors: Valerie Coulton & Ed Smallfield

A two-hour workshop in which you’ll explore a selection of exercises to generate new writing. All writers welcome, all forms and genres encouraged.
Upcoming dates:  March 30th & April th. 

Most writing workshops focus on critiquing existing work. We’re excited about offering an on-going workshop that focuses on an earlier step in the process—generating new work. We’ll do a workshop once each month and in each workshop we’ll offer a variety of exercises to generate new writing. We don’t expect a commitment from participants—Collage will send an email each month confirming the date. Participants can use the workshop as kind of on-going practice if that works for them or simply come by once to generate some work. All writers welcome, all forms and all genres encouraged. Max. 6 participants.

VALERIE COULTON is the author of open book, The Cellar Dreamer, passing world pictures, and the lily book. Her work has appeared in Barcelona INK, Front Porch, kadar koli, New American Writing, Parthenon West Review, and e-poema, among other periodicals. Her chapbook small bed & field guide is forthcoming from above/ground press. She holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and has taught creative writing workshops since 2005.

EDWARD SMALLFIELD is the author of The Pleasures of C and equinox, and the co-author of several collaborative projects, One Hundred Views of Edo (with Doug MacPherson),locate (with Miriam Pirone), and lirio and anonymous (both with Valerie Coulton). His poems have appeared in alice blue, Barcelona INK, bird dog, Calibanonline, e-poema.eu, New American Writing, Five Fingers Review, Páginas Rojas, Parthenon West Review, Spotlight, 26, Wicked Alice, and many other magazines and websites. He’s been teaching creative writing for over twenty years, at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and privately.

Workshops will run from 4:00 – 6:00pm, and the fee is 20€ per session. Reservation is required.


CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP for Adults
24 April – 5 June
Wednesdays, 7:15 – 9:15pm
6 sessions, 135 euros

Taught by C. Adán Cabrera 


Students enrolled in this six-session creative writing workshop will begin by briefly reviewing the craft of writing in the three major genres (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction). The workshop’s main focus will be on student writing, but students will also be encouraged to explore their own creative process and progress by way of optional readings. Our course will be structured using writing exercises and in-depth discussions of student writing. Students will learn how to talk about writing, sharpen their craft, practice active reading, and produce and workshop at least two full-length pieces in whatever genre(s) they choose. Moreover, students will also have the opportunity to publicly read their work at a special COLLAGE reading at the course’s conclusion. This intimate, two-hour workshop is geared toward both beginning writers as well as more experienced writers who want to jumpstart their writing.

ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP for Adults
Dates TBD
6 sessions, 135 euros

Taught by C. Adán Cabrera

This workshop is designed for students with experience in creative writing and who ideally have a project in progress (e.g., novel, collection of short stories, chapbook of poetry). Participants will learn how to identify the problematic segments in individual stories/chapters or poems, as well as the book as a whole, and then learn how to revise their work effectively. Students will be asked to submit work on a weekly basis that we will then discuss in great detail, focusing not only on what works in the piece, but also providing feedback on what might be improved or what opportunities were missed. This workshop’s focus is based entirely on student work (with some supplementary readings), and its aim is to analyze, hone, revise and polish original writing. Students should be familiar with the basics of creative writing, but no workshop experience is necessary: this course is a traditional writing workshop for experienced writers. Participants will also have the opportunity to publicly read their work at a special COLLAGE reading at the course’s conclusion.

C. ADÁN CABRERA is the author of the upcoming book of short stories called Books Can Only Take You So Far (Editorial Trance, 2018). Among other publication credits, his writing has appeared in Kweli,BorderSenses,The Acentos Review, Switchback, Being Latino, and From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction. A 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow, Carlos holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA, both with distinction. Originally from Los Angeles, he currently lives and works in Barcelona and is hard at work editing his next collection of short stories, The Last Day of Summer. Visit him online at https://carlostranslates.com/


THEATRE & VOICE WORKSHOP for Adults
24 April – 5 June
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:30pm
6 sessions, 135 euros
Taught by Victoria Bedford

The focus of this theatre-inspired workshop is to improve your confidence, presentation abilities, and communication skills. Each week you will explore different vocal techniques, practice improvisation and theatre games as well as act out sections of English-language plays, empowering you to take more risks and use your creative brain thinking in a secure and fun environment. Our sessions will enable an understanding of how to use your breath to speak, how to use verbal energy, pace and rhythm for emphasis as well as develop an understanding of key sounds, consonants, and vowels.

Whether you are just beginning to explore theatre as versatile tool, or you are wanting to develop your understanding of voice and speech, this workshop will boost your energy, encourage innovation and help you connect with others more meaningfully. At the end of the six weeks you will present a monologue, duologue or short play and reflect on the public speaking abilities you have enabled through this unique course. Since the max number per group, this workshop will be adapted to the needs and goals of the participants.

VICTORIA BEDFORD is a theatre director, drama practitioner and English
language teacher from London. She moved to Barcelona a year ago with the intention of developing programs teaching English through Theatre. She has a Masters in Theatre and a Post graduate in Dance Theatre. In Barcelona she has been teaching speech in English to undergraduates at Eolia Drama School, as well as developing the theatre program at the Benjamin Franklin International School and working at Collage with the Little Actors.