The Art of Writing

Covering the local arts scene and writing art features for well over a decade helped nurture in me a great love and respect for The Arts, so naturally when abstract artist Tinia Clark asked me to offer classes and workshops at her gallery, donna-kelly-writer-writing-workshop-classes-central-floridaSidestreet Studio, I jumped at the chance. We provide a variety of writing classes and workshops, taking participants on a creative journey – often combining written and visual elements.

This page will be updated as new classes and workshops are scheduled. Please check back frequently for updates, additions, and class dates!


Embracing Your Inner Writer

I will lead you on a three-day sensory journey into self-discovery through journaling. Determine your journaling style, find a place to begin, and experience inspiration through visual art, music, and nature.

Bring coffee or juice, a favorite journal, and a desire to learn more about YOU!

Poetry and Painting

Tinia and I co-teach this class specifically designed to encourage participants to unlock their inner writer and artist in a safe atmosphere conducive to creativity. Offered in three two-and-a-half hour sessions, each session includes one hour of poetry-related instruction, discussion, and writing followed by an hour of painting with a variety of techniques. Participants learn how to view the world as an artist and translate their sensory experiences into an original poem and painting.

Poetry Readings

Spend an evening sharing poetry – originals or favorites – with others who enjoy listening to verse in a cozy art studio.

donna-kelly-writing-art-classes-sidestreet-studio-winter-havenIn addition to a poem or two to read aloud, we invite you to bring your favorite beverage to sip while becoming immersed in the world of word pictures. This is a great place to unveil your original works to a friendly, respectful audience.

The Poetry Reading is a free event, although donations are accepted to support Sidestreet Art Beat Inc., a non-profit organization located within Sidestreet Studio, 110 3rd St S.W. in downtown Winter Haven, Florida. The mission of Sidestreet Studio is to provide opportunities for creative self expression to individuals facing life challenges.

For more information or to register for classes at Sidestreet Studio, call Tinia at 863-224-8557.