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Mary Wharff

I’m not as tall as a redwood. I am taller than the average woman but still shorter than many and nowhere near to towering over any. There’s poetry in that. And possibly, too, a story. Probably a jillion, and some of them fiction. Maybe all of them. The redwood told me its story and its voice was tinier than a mouse’s. My cat’s voice is bigger than lion’s. A lot. Usually in the middle of the night. The vet said it’s an old cat thing. Caterwauling loud as sirens. Our dogs, all four of them, have wailed at sirens and one sang along with my piano for almost thirteen years. That dog could sing. Long soulful notes as old as redwoods, as old as singing. My sweetie thinks he can’t sing but I think he can because sometimes he does instead of doesn’t. There’s a story in that, too. I live in Lawrence KS with my husband, Andy Bloomer, and our adopted four-legged family. These points may be of interest: I write stories, short-shorts, poetry and am working on something that will be shorter than a long novel and longer than a short story. I have an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas and studied with Tom Spanbauer, founder of Dangerous Writers (Portland OR) and author of: Now is the Hour, In the City of the Shy Hunters, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, and Faraway Places. I’m co-founder and a curator of Big Tent at the Raven, a monthly reading series at our independent bookstore. My last issue as fiction editor of Coal City Review came out in June 2012 and features short stories, flash fictions and essays by Shannon Anthony, Kelly Barth, Judy Bauer, Bill Church, Colin Farstad, Kathleen Lane, Margaret Malone, Natalie Teal McAllister and Monique Ruiz. (Poems and reviews too — edited by Brian Daldorph, founder of Coal City Press and the journal’s editor.) In 2006, I won the Langston Hughes Award for Fiction, and from 2009-2012, I was on the judging committee.

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Keep Writing this Summer!

Adults / 14+

Put fun in your summer writing! Make your sentences sizzle. Take trips along the imagination highway. Play with forms and refresh your voice. Classes will include exercises and prompts to help you light up your writing and recharge your practice. For poets and writers.

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
SU-AAW021 06/04 - 07/09 MO 6:00PM - 8:00PM Wharff, Mary $120.00 ($108.00) Members Only
Writing Plot: What's Going On?

Writing Plot: What's Going On?

Ages 14 - Adult

A good story needs a good plot. True? True, at least most of the time. In this class, we'll explore conventional and innovative ways to use dreams, stakes, triggers and troubles to enliven your writing and engage your readers. Classes include discussion, writing and sharing (optional). Please bring your favorite writing tool(s).

Class Code Dates Days Time Instructor Price (Member)
SP-AAW013 03/28 - 05/16 WE 6:00PM - 8:00PM Wharff, Mary $165.00 ($148.50) Enroll Now!