Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Dates:  Friday - Sunday, February 20-22nd (Nashville retreat)

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“Burn Through Your Story" - Come set your story on fire. Join us for a writing workshop with Minton Sparks



Every one of us has a story about who we are. Some are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back.  Minton believes that tremendous value lies in locating yourself within a particular time and place in history.  After all, many wonderful artistic pursuits are born out of autobiographies. This workshop offers you an opportunity to better discover who you are through exploring and listening deeply to your own story.

During this 3-hour writing and performance workshop, you will focus on the questions “Where are you from?” and “How does where you are from inform the definition of who you are?”  while writing  your own stories, exploring your family tree, studying storytelling techniques and learning from Minton's own work and experience.  Minton will then guide you through using your stories to create various poems, pictures and performances.

No writing or performance experience necessary.



Minton Sparks’ Nashville Writing and Performance Institute is celebrating our 3rd year. We are responding to requests to extend our one-day workshop. Come join our three-day writing and performing workshop February 20-22, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Each day we will address a different topic:
  • Friday evening we discover the people and place you come from and how that place impacts the art of writing. 

  • Saturday we will look at all the various languages we speak and how to use that potent tool in our writing. Saturday night one of Nashville’s premier songwriters will perform for the group. 

  • Sunday morning yoga will be offered before we begin to perform our work in a very nurturing environment.  

The retreat takes places at the beautiful Scarritt Bennett campus in the middle of Nashville. 

Friday, February 20 - Sunday, February 22
6 p.m. (Friday) - 1 p.m. (Sunday)
To register for the workshop or weekend retreat, please select a payment option below. If you prefer to pay by check or have general questions, email Maddison.
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Space is limited to 20 participants. Please register by Friday, December 5th (workshop), and Friday, February 13th (retreat), so we can get a final count of attendees.