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October 24, 2023    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Lyric  140 W Mount Royal Avenue Rehearsal Hall Baltimore
140 W Mount Royal Avenue , Baltimore,, MD, 21202

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CITYLIT STUDIO VIII: Writers on Craft, Creativity, & Community with Denise Kumani Gantt and a (TBA) author

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm via Zoom

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at The Lyric


The Lyric 

140 W Mount Royal Avenue

Rehearsal Hall

Baltimore, MD 21202


CityLit Studio VIII: Writers on Craft, Creativity, & Community was created and is presented as part of Free Fall Baltimore. It’s a unique opportunity for writers to experience lectures by two authors in different genres. This year’s Studio includes Illuminate: How digital storytelling can amplify and shift your writing with creative Denise Kumani Gantt arranged in two parts. Part One, a pre-Studio Zoom convening on Tuesday, October 3 REQUIRES attendees to have already selected:

  • one to three photos uploaded to their own computers in a digital format as a jpeg,
  • a poem no more than one page OR prose piece no more than 300 words

This first intense, two-hour session allows participants to gain a larger understanding of what it takes to create a digital story for brevity and impact, and the creative process of planning and working with We Video. Participants will have two weeks to complete a digital story to be shared or completed at the in-person Part Two at The Lyric on Tuesday, October 24, 2024 when a second author

(to be announced) joins us. Studio participants will engage in intense, roundtable, deep-dive discussions on craft and the writing process that includes an audience Q & A. Past esteemed Studio authors have included Remica Bingham-Risher, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, David Yezzi, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Danielle Evans, Leslie Pietrzyk, Eugenia Kim, Donna Hemans, among others.

The Studio is an information and discussion session of key aspects of craft to improve writing and learn the importance of finding artistic communities. Emerging and serious writers, along with the interested general public, get a unique look behind the writing process of two esteemed literary stars and are better able to envision their art in this writer-to-writer craft series. In addition to offering significant craft instruction, it gives support and insight into preparing writers for the business of publishing. An independent bookseller will be present to purchase books from the authors.

Registration is requested. A Zoom link will be sent with more information regarding participation. Visit for updates and more information.