Adult and Youth Creative Writing Workshops with Phillip Shabazz

We have rescheduled!  

Two-day adult workshop – July 13 & 14
Two- day youth workshop – July 14 & 15
These workshops are free but registration is required.  

Esteemed poet, author, and teaching artist, Phillip Shabazz is back and will present two opportunities for adults and children in these Creative Writing Workshops.

With support from the North Carolina Grassroots Grant Program, the Burke County Literacy Council and the Burke Arts Council will present a two-day adult creative writing workshop and a two-day children’s workshop.


The two-day adult workshop will take place on Wednesday & Thursday, July 13 & 14, 5:30 – 7PM at the First United Methodist Church.

The two-day youth workshop (ages 12 – 16) will take place on Thursday and Friday, July 14 & 15, 10AM – Noon at the First United Methodist Church.

Shabazz’s work engages issues of community, culture, and race in America. He is the author of two collections of poetry.  In his latest poetry collection, Flames in the Fire, critics say “His writing is beautiful and accessible, vivid and thoughtful; this is a book for people who love poetry; he takes you from the depths of despair to the sweet joy of love.”
He has also been a visiting writer at many colleges and universities including UNC-Chapel Hill, Elon, Winthrop, Warren Wilson, and the Writers’ Series at Appalachian State.
In these workshops, we will write lyric and narrative poems. Themes include family, loved ones, friends, things in the world, good times, food, music, Mother Nature, and real & imaginative experiences.  The purpose is to explore the use of the senses, figurative language, rhythm, imagery, sound, tone, emotion, and style.  We’ll write a first draft, and you may read aloud to share those drafts during the session.