Featured Writer: Fern Viking

Fern Viking, a 2011 Free Minds graduate, joined our fall writing workshop to continue honing her creative writing skills and to meet other developing writers. “As with my Free Minds experience,” she says, “I have felt a sense of community with my classmates, a meeting of like-minded individuals who are very different from each other … Continue reading

Fall Writing Workshop Wraps Up

Our fall writing workshop at Foundation Communities’ Trails at Vintage Creek apartments wrapped up on December 6 with a reading of original works by the writers in the group. One woman shared an experience of racial self-awareness; another read a story about the time her pregnant mother had such a strong craving for turnips, she … Continue reading

Writing Workshop Wraps Up

Jennifer Furl, a freelance writer and editor, became interested in community writing organizations while pursuing studies in Folklore. This spring, she volunteered with Free Minds to help start up an eight-week writing workshop, offered for free to adults who typically don’t have access to writing in community. In the past two months, I had the … Continue reading

Guest Blogger Cheryl Turner Reflects on the Writing Workshop

I was diagnosed with Degenerative Joint Disease in November 2008, declared disabled and was no longer able to perform physical labor. I decided I needed to go back to school to update my education and job skills. When I first heard about Free Minds I was just finishing up a computer and job readiness certificate … Continue reading

Guest Blogger and Free Minds Student Rachel Martinez Discusses Lifelong Learning

I always wanted to go to college, I just thought that I wouldn’t be able to make the grade. I was absent from school a lot due to illness, and as life would have it, I stopped going to high school at the end of my junior year to establish my current occupation as a … Continue reading

Free Minds Offers Community Creative Writing Workshops

This spring Free Minds is offering a unique opportunity to explore your creative potential, share your stories, and improve your comfort and skill as a writer. In partnership with Foundation Communities, we are hosting a free eight-week writing workshop at the Trails at Vintage Creek apartments (7224 Northeast Drive). Every Monday evening between February 28 … Continue reading