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

3-Part Series for Native-level Speakers
Wednesdays, 7:15-9:15pm
Workshop led by Joana Santos

Discover Your Inner Clown 
4 weeks, starts 22 January 

Everyone has an inner clown – a place inside them that is filled with curiosity, joy and innocence. In this introductory workshop we will use different games & activities to bring out our inner clowns and discover all the wonderful things they have to teach us.

Telling My Story
4 weeks, start 19 February

We will create very short performances of personal stories and go through a series of writing, editing and acting tools to learn how to put them on stage. Learning how to tell our own stories can be both an exciting creatively and incredibly empowering experience as we develop skills to speak, listen, and play with & from our own inner worlds.

Performance Project
8 weeks, start 18 March 

JOANA SANTOS’ first play was at age 7 but only years later did she discover that besides being a fun hobby, theatre could be a powerful means of discovering new ways of relating to the world. 

She has studied theatre in India and in the United States at Bennington College as well as in Barcelona with Teatro de los Sentidos; she has explored acting, directing and choreographing. She also has experience with puppeteering  through her work with the Bread and Puppet Theatre and clowning as a stage and hospital clown. She has worked in several community and educational contexts and loves bringing out her students’ stories and imaginary worlds. She continues to deepen her studies in theatre and movement here in Barcelona while teaching English and theatre – both in English and Portuguese – to adults and kids.

Workshops are 80€ (4 weeks) or 160€ (8 weeks); 30% discount if you sign up for all three!

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: JANUARY 25

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,, 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.

21 January – 25 February
Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
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.

23 January – 27 February
Thursdays, 7:15pm – 9:15pm
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

ART in ENGLISH Workshop for Adults
Monday, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Workshop taught by Vicki Robertson

Do you enjoy drawing, painting and making? Would you like to get creative and enjoy yourself while learning English in an intuitive way? In our Art in English Workshop for Adults we’ll be trying out illustration techniques, such as collage, watercolours, inks and printmaking. We’ll also be creating visual journals, trying out some different crafts and speaking English in a relaxed setting. Open to adult students who have pre-intermediate to advanced level of English.

Vicki Robertson is an illustrator, maker and English language teacher from the North of England. She’s been living and teaching in Barcelona for 15 years and specialises in English through art and creativity.