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January 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


FIELD WORK: Writing in Public with Fred Schmalz

As writers most of us love to work in a certain amount of comfort–our favorite desk, a peaceful house, a bit of solitude. But upending that routine to go write out in the noisy, distracting world can be fruitful for different reasons. In this workshop, we will discuss what to think about when you’re planning to write in public, with a focus on how you might choose locales and prepare for writing in them. Whether you plan on writing on a street corner, in a movie theater, at a protest march, in a park, or in the middle of a dying mall, we will discuss writing when you’re expected to be doing something else, how it differs from writing in private, and what you might plan for when undertaking “field work.” This course will include a brief walk as an opportunity for noticing, note-taking, and writing. 

This program is presented on goodwill donation basis; suggested donation is $20. Registration is required. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.



Fred Schmalz is an artist and poet whose debut poetry collection, Action in the Orchards, responds to encounters with dance, music, and visual art. He was poet-in-residence for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2018 FluxConcert in its season-long fluxus festival. His recent writing has appeared in The Canary, Poetry, Conduit, and Oversound. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center in his ongoing art collaboration with Susy Bielak. He lives in Chicago, where he co-curates the Poetry & Biscuits reading series.


January 15
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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