What’s Happening @ MWC: April 20-27

We have a busy week coming up! Here’s all the information about the six event we have coming up this week. Click on the titles to visit the Facebook page for each event, and feel free to contact MWC with any questions about these events. Please Spread the word!

Thursday 4/21 – A Film & A Conversation: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Presented by Azubuike African American Council for the Arts

6:00 p.m. at Bucktown Center for the Arts, 3rd Floor Conference Room

thru a lens darkVisual media has played and will continue to play a key role in the way African-Americans, especially young Black Males, are perceived by white Americans. With the overwhelming focus on crime, drug use, gang violence, and other forms of anti-social behavior by African-Americans youth, the American media has perpetuated an unfair and damaging public perception of African-Americans…

The film, Through a Lens Darkly, explores how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. This epic tale poetically moves between the present and the past, through contemporary photographers and artists whose images and stories seek to reconcile legacies of pride and shame while giving voice to images long suppressed, forgotten, and hidden from sight.

Please join us for a film and a conversation, April 21, 2016, at Studio 56/Azubuike Gallery – located at 225 East 2nd Street, Suite 106, Downtown Davenport (Bucktown Center for the Arts).

Film starts promptly at 6 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at Bucktown. RSVP appreciated! For more Info: 563-594-2016 . This event is FREE and open to the public!

Saturday 4/23 – Young Emerging Writers Studio

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at MWC
Young Writers Studio _ Spring 2016 Flier _ Jan-AprThe Young Writers Studio is a new casual writing workshop/critique group for young writers in and around the Quad City area. Writers, approximate ages 15-19, are welcome to come and share their work (poetry, stories, essays, plays, or any other kind of writing they are pursuing) with the group and receive constructive feedback, or they are welcome to listen and join the discussion.

Workshop is free & open to all students ages 15-19. Pre-registration is preferred but not required. Contact Ryan Collins for more information, or call him at 563-324-1410.

Sunday 4/24 – SPECTRA presents 3 Poets: Sara Deniz Akant, Callie Garnett, and Margaret Ross

6:30 p.m. at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Ave. Rock Island)
3 poets _ april 24 _ SPECTRA_FINALSPECTRA is thrilled to welcome three outstanding poets to Rozz-Tox on Sunday afternoon, April 24. Reading will start at 6:30pm, featuring Sara Deniz Akant, Margaret Ross, and Callie Garnett, who will be wrapping up a tour of the Midwest.

Event is free & open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted for the touring poets. Reading will be followed immediately by the ARTHAUS Film Series: Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova), a film by Sergei Parajanov (1969 | NR | drama/art | soviet union | 1hr 19min).

Tuesday 4/26 – How To Publish with CreateSpace Workshop

6:00-8:00 p.m. at MWCcreatespace widget
In this hands-on workshop, using a laptop and projector, Jodie Toohey will walk you through how to publish your print book with Amazon’s Createspace. Bring your laptop loaded with your formatted manuscript ready for publication. Cost for this workshop is $15 for members and $25 non-members. If you want your own ISBN through Createspace, bring your credit card to pay the $10 fee during the process (using a Createspace ISBN is free). Those without ready-to-go manuscripts are still welcome to see the demonstration for later implementation. Complete details and online registration available here. For more information, please contact MWC.

Wednesday 4/27 – Two Events! Writers Social Mixer & READ LOCAL featuring Misty Urban

QC Writers Social
social widget5:30-7:00 p.m. at Bennigan’s in Rock Island (226 17th St. Rock Island)
For writers to spend time with each other, swap stories and tips, and spread goodwill among their fellow writers. All writers of any genre, skill, or experience level are invited. There is no charge to attend this event and registration is not required. Drinks and food available for purchase.

READ LOCAL with Misty Urban
7:00 p.m. at Bettendorf Public Library (2950 Learning Campus Dr. Bettendorf)
less on in mannersPartnership between Bettendorf Public Library and Midwest Writing Center to promote reading local authors. This event will feature Misty Urban, author of A Lesson In Manners. Free and open to everyone.

Misty Urban’s short story collection, A Lesson in Manners, won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award and is just out from Snake Nation Press. She is also a medieval scholar, essayist, editor, and teacher. She lives in Muscatine.