Jun 16-18, 2023

Learn how to transform a memory or experience from your life into the focused art of flash memoir (under 1000 words) with writer and editor Melisse Gelula. This is a nonfiction writing workshop for adults 18 years and up. No formal writing experience necessary!

Together we’ll read contemporary examples of flash memoir, identifying the tools writers use to achieve their short, sweet—and emotionally rich—stories.

Attendees will begin a draft of their flash memoir in the workshop and receive ideas and motivation for continuing independently at home. If time allows, some attendees may have the opportunity to share their new work.
Please bring a pen and notebook.

This workshop welcomes the participation and partnership of Tusten Social Sage Sessions.

Join us at various locations on Main Street for poetry, short readings, and refreshments as we celebrate the launch of Deep Water Literary Festival 2023. 

5:00pm The Mildred Complex(ity), 37B Main St, Alastair Gordon discussing his exhibition Pattern Recognition 2.

5:30pm MayerWasner, 55 Main Street, with Sarah Mann, Sharon Kennedy Knolle, Meredith Moyer, and Stacy Wakefied.

5:45pm Krause Hall, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main St,  Laurie A. Guzda, Elaine Leet, and Mike Vreeland read from Musings a collection of short stories written to inspire and delight. Bound together through a theme of “new beginnings”, these short stories feature 12 eclectic narratives by eight local authors.

DVAA, 2nd Floor Gallery THE OR-WALL  Bring your creativity and imagination to this giant paper wall. Record your response to George Orwell quotes entrenched in modern literary thought. Draw, compose a poem, scribble your thoughts—whatever medium you choose. Share your creativity with other festival goers, as you reflect on Orwell’s words. Note: The Or-wall runs throughout the festival weekend.

6:15pm The Ruffed Grouse Gallery 144 Main St, with David Kenner, Paul Legault, and Zarah Cabañas. Plus art by Lucy Sante, David Kenner, and Dave Walsh.

Tim Bruno of WJFF Radio Catskill leads a podcasting workshop for middle and high school students. Learn the fundamentals of what makes a fresh story, crafting a narrative, and creating a pitch. Award winning podcaster and journalist Ilya Marritz will be on hand to discuss his process and ground the class in some of the basics of investigative reporting. 

Open to ages 12-18.

Space is limited.

Isadora Alteon will lead a workshop for middle and high school students on worldbuilding in dystopic fiction. Students will get a grounding in the genre, looking closely at text from 1984 and other sources. Marlon James will discuss his process and then students will independently create the beginnings of their own world in writing or visually. 

Open to writers and visual artists aged 12-18.

Space is limited.

Some art and writing supplies provided but if there is a medium you like to work in please feel free to bring.

Why Do Actors Train? (Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama) is a new book by local theatre artist and scholar, Brad Krumholz. Focusing on recent developments in neuroscience, philosophy, and related fields, the author develops a new theory of embodiment to investigate the actor’s craft. 

Join the author in a lively conversation with Jason Tougaw to catch a glimpse of how all of us, not just actors, encounter the material world and the invisible forces at play within it. The session will include a short, non-compulsory workshop element. All are welcome to listen and/or participate.

Presented in collaboration with North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) in Highland Lake, Sullivan County, NY.

Manon Manavit returns to Deep Water with Willow Gatwood to present an immersive piece of perfomance art at the 108.

“In the post-WW3 era, a charismatic former Canadian dictator head-of-state delivers long-awaited results of a Psy-Op to his human supporters in the covert fight against AI supremacy.” Text by CHATGPT will be performed by Manavit & Hazen Cuyler of NYC’s Greenhouse Ensemble, with Gatewood transforming e-waste materials into a live soundscape. Join the Resistance 

Part of Deep Water Lab, an initiative supporting local early and mid career artists. 

Join Lyra Vega as she reads three banned picture books at the Bridge St Bakery. Suitable for children of all ages, come celebrate the right to read, dress up and imagine.

Plus a bonus reading of Broadway Baby by local author Russell Miller.

The Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov once said: “We endlessly curse Comrade Stalin, and, of course, for the cause. And yet, I want to ask—who wrote the four million denunciations?” This immersive performance created by Dasha Ziborova and Juliette Hermant invites the audience to participate in the sinister process of creating “denunciative drawings.” Commencing at Maison Bergogne with a perfomance, then threaded throughout the day and town, look out for these agents and provocateurs, they will surely be watching you.

Legendary downtown musician, producer and performer David Driver curates and leads our opening night cabaret at the 108. Featuring local artists and special guests inspired by the Eurthymics brilliant soundtrack to the movie 1984 directed by Michael Radford. Come watch the show, grab a drink and toast a great weekend ahead.

An immersive dance installation with hanging fabric, light, bodies and sound. Performed in 15 minute bursts, this collaborative project is made and performed by Corinna Grunn and Hilary Melcher Chapman, with sound design by Baxter. Part of Deep Water Lab, an initiative supporting local early and mid career artists.

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