On-site participants will be invited to participate in three workshops over the course of three months in order to create, edit, and produce a piece of art to be performed during our OUTSpoken events in Summer 2017. 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 28th, February 25th, and March 25th, 2016 and run from 1PM to 3PM at the Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year the price for OUTSpoken workshops has been waived, though workshops space may still be limited.

To reserve your space, simply email our Creative Director, Erin Elizabeth Smith at with your name and the dates that you plan to attend.

Meet Our 2017 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.

Zoe Frost Hitzel earned her MA in Creative Writing studying poetry at Northern Arizona University and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Oregon State University. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Blue Lyra Review, entropy, pacificREVIEW, The Chariton Review, and elsewhere. She keeps a blog of her transgender experience, Though a citizen of the wind, Zoe currently teaches fiction and composition in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Luci Brown's chapbook, Home Brew, was released in 2015. Her poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Wherewithal, Rogue Agent, Tinderbox, and others. She was a recipient of the Margaret Artley Woodruff award and nominated by scissors & spackle for a Pushcart Prize. She serves as managing editor for Stirring as well as a reader for the Best of the Net Anthology. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she currently resides with her very tall partner, very strange dogs, and very happy baby.

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