On-site participants will be invited to participate in two workshops over the course of two weeks in order to create, edit, and produce a piece of art to be performed during our OUTSpoken events in April of 2018. In these workshops, attendees will have the opportunity to work with professionals in the given arts (performance, prose, and poetry) in order to compose and tell their stories their way. You do not need to be an experienced writer or have something already composed to enjoy and get the most from these workshops!

Workshops will be held on January 20th and 27th and run from 1PM to 3PM at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee. The price for these workshops is $20 for one and $30 for both. Discounts are available for students. Order your tickets now at the Sundress store!

If you are unable to attend because of cost, we do have limited scholarships are available. Simply fill out the following form by January 10th and email it to to be considered.

This year we are also offering a BOGO special! Order tickets for yourself and give a ticket to a friend for free. Please note if you are claiming this option in your order!

Meet Our 2018 Workshop Leaders

Adam Crandall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee's Theatre program, where he was involved with both Clarence Brown Theatre productions as well as student productions with All Campus Theatre, including his directorial debut Almost, Maine, which won the 2013 EUReCA award for Theatre. He has produced and directed multiple shows through SAFTA Stage, including our annual OUTSpoken program. He is passionate about building bridges between local organizations through performing arts.

Brynn Martin is a Kansas native living in Knoxville, where she recently received her MFA in poetry from the University of Tennessee. She now works as a lecturer in the English Department at UT and as the Reading Series Coordinator for Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her poetry has appeared in Public Pool and Contrary Magazine and is forthcoming from Yes, Poetry and Crab Orchard Review.
Julia Watts is the author of over a dozen novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Finding H.F.., the Lambda Literary and Golden Crown Literary Society Award finalist The Kind of Girl I Am, and the Lambda Literary Award finalist and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning Secret City. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Tennessee, an M.A. in English from the University of Louisville, and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. She lives in Knoxville and is a Professor of English at South College and a faculty mentor in Murray State University's low-residency MFA in Writing program. Her last two publications have been collaborative, the novel Rufus + Syd, co-written with Robin Lippincott, and the anthology Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South, co-edited with Larry Smith. She was recently inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame, and her new young adult novel Quiver will be published by Three Rooms Press in 2018.

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