Frequency is a community arts organization based in Providence and serving southeastern New England. We offer a range of creative writing workshops, studios, readings, and other events where participants rigorously engage with their writing, and with the writing of their peers. Our courses provide critical feedback in a supportive environment, help writers generate new work, and connect writers with other writers in the local community and beyond.
We offer ongoing workshops year round, which provides a platform not only for writers to share their work, but to form relationships and support each other’s development. We believe that the opportunity to make a sustained commitment to our work is what ultimately helps us hone our writing voice.
Because great writing seems to be in conversation with other works of literature, our instructors ask participants to read as much as they write. One of the goals of a Frequency workshop is to help writers identify books that will expand the parameters of their work. As teachers, we are invested in creating the kind of encouraging space that will allow writers to expand their creative boundaries.
No matter what their writing style, subject matter, objectives, or experience, our instructors are committed to helping participants explore elements of form and craft. Our class sizes are small, and our instructors offer detailed feedback. In providing this feedback, we aim to help writers better understand the mechanisms and effects of each piece they write, and to see the many possibilities that already exist in their work.
Frequency writers range from post-MFA, published authors to shyly-trying-out-their-first-piece scribblers. The different levels of experience and aesthetics in each class strengthen the discussion—and the work. We welcome all who like to write, and who would like to read, talk, share, and experiment with their work. Our past participants often remark on how energized they were by their Frequency experience.See what they’ve said.
In addition to classes and events, we are working to establish a permanent Frequency headquarters, which would serve as a space for local writers to connect outside of workshops— with each other, and with editors, publishers, and perhaps visual artists. This space would house a writer’s library, a reading series, and maybe even a weekly writers’ podcast.
We want Frequency to be affordable and accessible to all local writers, and we are working on establishing scholarships, and teen writing courses.