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Tinker Mountain Writers

Standard TMW HAS MOVED TO A VIRTUAL, ONLINE PROGRAM Since 2005, Tinker Mountain Writers has been nurturing and empowering a wide range of writers through workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We gather some of the best teachers of writing, who work alongside you to hone your craft and take your work to the next level. From novice to experienced, all levels are equally supported and challenged. Hollins has expanded our program to include multi-genre generative retreats. Spend the week with us and leave with a new manuscript or new ideas for your existing work. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll be surrounded by peace, beauty, and inspiration as you discover your full potential as a creative writer. With such tranquility along with rousing discussion, the atmosphere at Tinker Mountain Writers is sure to bring out the best in your writing. June 7-12. Our writers return, year after year, to sharpen their writing tools--why don't you join them and see how we can help you create… Sunday, June 7, 2020 – Friday, June 12, 2020. Hollins campus.

POSTPONED: Women Working with Clay Symposium

Standard POSTPONED TO JUNE 14-17, 2021 This symposium is about women who work with clay to create pottery, art vessels, and sculpture and whatever point of view may come with that distinction. There is an emphasis on the creative process from every level – from inspiration and ideas to the actual making and finishing, while at the same time examining the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay. We explore the connections of the long history of women in cultures all over the world as vessel makers, artists, and artisans. The sense of community and mentorship in the world of clay object makers in some ways reflect that history. The content of the symposium includes lectures, small group discussions, as well as various demonstrations and slideshows. Demonstrations include making figurative sculpture, making pottery on the wheel, altering thrown pots, hand building sculptural vessels, as well as some decorative, glaze and finishing techniques. Attendees interact closely with th… Monday, June 8, 2020. Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center.

Faculty Chalk Talk with Author-Illustrator John Steven Gurney

Lectures John Steven Gurney is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Fuzzy Baseball and the picture book Dinosaur Train. He has illustrated over 140 chapter books, including the A to Z Mysteries, the Bailey School Kids, and The Calendar Mysteries series. He has illustrated board games, advertising, posters, puzzles, and a shopping bag for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. His Chalk Talk will focus on the writing and illustrating of his new graphic novel, Fuzzy Baseball 3: RBI Robots, published by Papercutz –which promises to be as funny as it sounds. Event sponsored by the graduate program in children's literature and children's book illustration. Free and open to the public by registration only. All times are given in EST. Events will be held on Zoom. To register and receive a link, send an email to kidlit@hollins.edu including the date and event in the subject line. In the body, please provide your name, address, phone number, and, if different, the name on your Zoom account. . Friday, June 19, 2020, 7:30 PM. Online.

No Shame Theatre

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you're interested in trying in front of a live audience--plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, improvisation, dada, magic--we've even seen people do floral arrangements! Pieces are accepted starting at 10 pm, doors open at 10:30 pm, and the show starts at 11 pm,… Friday, June 19, 2020, 11:00 PM.

Monday Night Guest Speaker Series

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. Each Monday night, the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins presents a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This summer’s planned guests include John Bergman, Brett Neveu, Ginger Poole, and others to be confirmed. Admission: free, open to the public. June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 7:30 pm. Monday, June 22, 2020, 7:30 PM.

Writer Jane Harrington: “Controversies in Children’s Literature”

Lectures Harrington has published a number of short stories and books for young readers, including the Scholastic Book Fair bestseller Lucy’s (Completely Cool & Totally True) E-Journal. She teaches creative writing and children’s literature courses at Washington & Lee University, including a seminar on the topic of this lecture. Event sponsored by the graduate program in children's literature and children's book illustration. Free and open to the public by registration only. All times are given in EST. Events will be held on Zoom. To register and receive a link, send an email to kidlit@hollins.edu including the date and event in the subject line. In the body, please provide your name, address, phone number, and, if different, the name on your Zoom account. Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 7:30 PM. Online.

Illustrator Kelly Murphy

Lectures Murphy is a New York Times-bestselling author-illustrator and recipient of the E.B. White Award who has notably illustrated the works of Richard Peck, Dave Eggers, Jane Yolen, and Jamie Michalak, as well as book covers for various Newbery Medal-winning novels. Her 40+ books have been translated into 15 languages and earned numerous awards and starred reviews. Murphy teaches illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and is a frequent keynote speaker, competition juror, and workshop leader nationwide. Event sponsored by the graduate program in children's literature and children's book illustration. Free and open to the public by registration only. All times are given in EST. Events will be held on Zoom. To register and receive a link, send an email to kidlit@hollins.edu including the date and event in the subject line. In the body, please provide your name, address, phone number, and, if different, the name on your Zoom account. Friday, June 26, 2020, 7:30 PM. Online.

No Shame Theatre

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you're interested in trying in front of a live audience--plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, improvisation, dada, magic--we've even seen people do floral arrangements! Pieces are accepted starting at 10 pm, doors open at 10:30 pm, and the show starts at 11 pm,… Friday, June 26, 2020, 11:00 PM.

Monday Night Guest Speaker Series

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. Each Monday night, the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins presents a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This summer’s planned guests include John Bergman, Brett Neveu, Ginger Poole, and others to be confirmed. Admission: free, open to the public. June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 7:30 pm. Monday, June 29, 2020, 7:30 PM.

Writer-in-Residence Anika Aldamuy Denise

Lectures Anika Aldamuy Denise is the celebrated author of many critically acclaimed books for young readers. Her recent picture book biography, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Indie Next Pick, Junior Library Guild selection, 2020 ALA Notable Book, and Pura Belpré Honor Book. In addition to writing, Denise teaches workshops at The Writers Loft of Massachusetts and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Event sponsored by the graduate program in children's literature and children's book illustration. Free and open to the public by registration only. All times are given in EST. Events will be held on Zoom. To register and receive a link, send an email to kidlit@hollins.edu including the date and event in the subject line. In the body, please provide your name, address, phone number, and, if different, the name on your Zoom account. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 7:30 PM. Online.

No Shame Theatre

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you're interested in trying in front of a live audience--plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, improvisation, dada, magic--we've even seen people do floral arrangements! Pieces are accepted starting at 10 pm, doors open at 10:30 pm, and the show starts at 11 pm,… Friday, July 3, 2020, 11:00 PM.

Scholar-in-Residence Maude Hines

Lectures Maude Hines, Ph.D. is associate professor of English at Portland State University, where she teaches courses in children's literature, African American literature, and cultural studies. Her essays on children's literature and culture have appeared in The Lion and the Unicorn, Children's Literature, and various edited collections. She is currently at work on a critical exploration of childhood, intersectionality, and the Southern Gothic. Event sponsored by the graduate program in children's literature and children's book illustration. Free and open to the public by registration only. All times are given in EST. Events will be held on Zoom. To register and receive a link, send an email to kidlit@hollins.eduincluding the date and event in the subject line. In the body, please provide your name, address, phone number, and, if different, the name on your Zoom account. Monday, July 6, 2020, 7:30 PM. Online.

Monday Night Guest Speaker Series

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. Each Monday night, the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins presents a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This summer’s planned guests include John Bergman, Brett Neveu, Ginger Poole, and others to be confirmed. Admission: free, open to the public. June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 7:30 pm. Monday, July 6, 2020, 7:30 PM.

Roles and Relationships in Publishing

Lectures Author Claudia Mills and agent Stephen Fraser will discuss the children's publishing business and the ins and outs of working relationships. Event sponsored by the graduate program in children's literature and children's book illustration. Free and open to the public by registration only. All times are given in EST. Events will be held on Zoom. To register and receive a link, send an email to kidlit@hollins.edu including the date and event in the subject line. In the body, please provide your name, address, phone number, and, if different, the name on your Zoom account. Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 7:30 PM. Online.

No Shame Theatre

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you're interested in trying in front of a live audience--plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, improvisation, dada, magic--we've even seen people do floral arrangements! Pieces are accepted starting at 10 pm, doors open at 10:30 pm, and the show starts at 11 pm,… Friday, July 10, 2020, 11:00 PM.

Overnight Sensations 2020

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. Since 2006, the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins has partnered with Mill Mountain Theatre to present our version of the 24-Hour Plays. On Friday night six playwrights are randomly paired with six directors, who then randomly draw from a hat a variety of writing prompts and a preselected cast of local actors. Before 8 am the next morning, they have to write a 10-minute play. They meet with their directors over a continental breakfast on Saturday morning and make any last minute changes before the actors arrive at 11 am and the play begins rehearsal. When 8 pm rolls around, and the audience are in their seats, the show begins! Always a packed house, always free, and always lots of fun for everyone. Admission: free, open to the public. Saturday, July 11, 2020, 8:00 PM.

Carillon Concert with Gerald Martindale

Music Department Bring blankets or chairs for the chapel lawn to enjoy music from the carillon. Rain location: duPont Chapel. Monday, July 13, 2020, 4:30 PM. duPont Chapel lawn.

Monday Night Guest Speaker Series

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. Each Monday night, the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins presents a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This summer’s planned guests include John Bergman, Brett Neveu, Ginger Poole, and others to be confirmed. Admission: free, open to the public. June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 7:30 pm. Monday, July 13, 2020, 7:30 PM.

Hollins Festival of New Works

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. Each summer at the end of July, we present a three-day event showcasing readings of student work from the Playwright’s Lab. These readings are minimally staged for the general public and close to a dozen guest professional responders from all over the globe. Guest responders include publishers, arts administrators, playwrights, professional actors, artistic directors, and come from as far away as Los Angeles and as close as downtown Roanoke. Many of our festival shows have gone on to have full productions, not only at Mill Mountain Theatre but also in New York and Los Angeles! Get acquainted with these plays and playwrights before they are famous, and engage in a conversation about theatre with our students, faculty, and some established theatre… Friday, July 17, 2020, 7:00 PM.

No Shame Theatre

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you're interested in trying in front of a live audience--plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, improvisation, dada, magic--we've even seen people do floral arrangements! Pieces are accepted starting at 10 pm, doors open at 10:30 pm, and the show starts at 11 pm,… Friday, July 17, 2020, 11:00 PM.

26th Annual Francelia Butler Student Conference on Children’s Literature

Lectures Asynchronous presentations will be hosted on the Hollins Digital Commons. Synchronous events will be held on Zoom, with times and details TBA. Event sponsored by the graduate program in children's literature and children's book illustration. Keynote Speaker: Terri Windling is a writer, editor, and artist specializing in fantasy literature and mythic arts. She has published over 40 books, winning nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and placing on the short list for the Tiptree Award. She received the S.F.W.A. Solstice Award in 2010 for “outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field as a writer, editor, artist, educator, and mentor.” She has published mythic fiction for both adults and young adults, as well as magical picture books for children. Her essays on myth, folklore, fantasy literature, and mythic arts have appeared in magazines, art books, and anthologies in the United States and Europe, and she has contributed to reference volumes including The Oxford… Saturday, July 18, 2020. Online.

Hollins Festival of New Works

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. Each summer at the end of July, we present a three-day event showcasing readings of student work from the Playwright’s Lab. These readings are minimally staged for the general public and close to a dozen guest professional responders from all over the globe. Guest responders include publishers, arts administrators, playwrights, professional actors, artistic directors, and come from as far away as Los Angeles and as close as downtown Roanoke. Many of our festival shows have gone on to have full productions, not only at Mill Mountain Theatre but also in New York and Los Angeles! Get acquainted with these plays and playwrights before they are famous, and engage in a conversation about theatre with our students, faculty, and some established theatre… Saturday, July 18, 2020 – Sunday, July 19, 2020.

Monday Night Guest Speaker Series

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. Each Monday night, the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins presents a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This summer’s planned guests include John Bergman, Brett Neveu, Ginger Poole, and others to be confirmed. Admission: free, open to the public. June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 7:30 pm. Monday, July 20, 2020, 7:30 PM.

Children's Literature Faculty Reading

Lectures Faculty authors in the graduate children's literature programs read from their own work. Event sponsored by the graduate program in children's literature and children's book illustration. Free and open to the public by registration only. All times are given in EST. Events will be held on Zoom. To register and receive a link, send an email to Kidlit@hollins.edu including the date and event in the subject line. In the body, please provide your name, address, phone number, and, if different, the name on your Zoom account. Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 7:30 PM. Online.

Art Director Sasha Illingworth

Lectures Sasha Illingworth received her B.F.A. in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating, Illingworth started her design career at HarperCollins Publishers, and instantly fell in love with the book making process. She is currently the executive art director at Little Brown Books for Young Readers, where she oversees the design of a diverse list of books including; picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, illustrated middle grade novels, and teen novels. Event sponsored by the graduate program in children's literature and children's book illustration.   Free and open to the public by registration only. All times are given in EST. Events will be held on Zoom. To register and receive a link, send an email to Kidlit@hollins.edu including the date and event in the subject line. In the body, please provide your name, address, phone number, and, if different, the name on your Zoom account. Friday, July 24, 2020, 12:00 PM. Online.

No Shame Theatre

Theatre During this time of global concern over the ongoing pandemic, the Playwright’s Lab remains committed to finding ways in which we can deliver online versions of our annual events and activities. Details about how to participate and attend will be announced soon. No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you're interested in trying in front of a live audience--plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, improvisation, dada, magic--we've even seen people do floral arrangements! Pieces are accepted starting at 10 pm, doors open at 10:30 pm, and the show starts at 11 pm,… Friday, July 24, 2020, 11:00 PM.

Kid Makes Art

Art A free once-a-month Saturday program offering opportunities for the whole family to connect with art, and featuring local artists and educators who lead art-making projects and movement-based activities for all ages. Parent or guardian supervision is required. 1 - 3 pm. Saturday, August 1, 2020, 1:00 PM. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center.