November 8, 2014
Annemarie Ní Churreáin
Poetry Workshop at Kerouac House: Where One Starts From

September 20, 2014
Susan Lilley
Poetry Alchemy: Haibun & Collage

August 30, 2014
Vic DiGenti
Novel in a Day Workshop

At our writing workshops you will:
  • Experience just the right mix of instruction, practice, and interaction
  • Meet, mingle, and make friends with other writers
  • Feel safe, supported, and free to experiment
  • Make connections to support your writing career
  • Learn from a variety of published writers & experienced teachers

I was actually amazed at how much I got from the prompts [at the workshop]. I feel that I have 3 new pieces in progress—at least! I felt comfortable and safe, but still challenged. —Workshop Participant

Partnership with Kerouac House

396540_226243540805845_16865691_nSeveral times a year, the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando partners with MAD about Words to offer you the opportunity to meet and write with the writer-in-residence at Kerouac House.

Jack Kerouac lived in a house in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando at the time On the Road made him a national sensation. And it was in this home that Kerouac wrote his follow-up, The Dharma Bums. The Kerouac House is now a living, literary tribute to one of the great American writers of the twentieth century.

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the house, and during their time  many of the writers work with us to provide a writing workshop opportunity. Part of the workshop fee goes to support the house.

Thomas Thorspecken Analog Artist Digital World
© Thomas Thorspecken. Used by permission. Thomas Thorspecken, Analog Artist Digital World, sketched our “Non-Realistic Writing” workshop with Alicia Shandra Holmes at Kerouac House.

Nancy Pate wrote about her experience at a Kerouac House workshop on her wonderful book blog, and here’s what some of the other participants had to say:

I had a great time at the workshop on Saturday — lots of great ideas and great writing!” —Rebecca Vadnie


What I liked most about the workshop was the intimate atmosphere. It reminded me of a workshop I did at Amherst a few years ago…except I didn’t have to fly out and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg to attend! I think sometimes we writers just need to feel free to toss out ideas and not feel judged or silly for trying something new. You provided us with that venue and I am truly grateful. —J.G.


I had a great time and left feeling empowered. Thanks to everyone, especially Alicia, for making the day so rewarding. —Chris Coward