The City In Pieces: Writing The Lost Histories Of Providence

girls-in-whiteCome join us as we use local history as creative inspiration. Through a series of four writing workshops, we will explore 19th century photographs, newspaper clippings, and other historic ephemera to reassemble and imagine a past that might otherwise be lost.

Starting on April 7, themed workshops will be held every weekend at Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street, Trustees Room, 3rd Floor).

Archives — Saturday, April 7, 12:30pm to 2pm
Place — Sunday, April 15, 3pm to 4:30pm
Memory — Sunday, April 22, 3pm to 4:30pm
Illusion — Sunday, April 29, 3pm to 4:30pm

Writers of all levels are welcome to attend one or all. There will be an opportunity for resulting work to be archived and exhibited at the library. Capacity is limited to 12 participants per session. Please register by emailing with the workshop(s) you would like to attend.

The workshops are part of a larger project called The Wonder Show, which seeks to bring historic photographs from the special collections to life through the 19th century magic lantern shows that entertained audiences before the beginning of cinema. On May 18th and 19th at 7pm at 95 Empire Street, the Wonder Show will project these photos accompanied by live narration and music in an exciting multimedia performance. The Wonder Show is supported by the Rhode Island Council of the Humanities, Providence Provision, and the Creative Arts Council of Brown University.

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