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

Meet Free Minds student Jennifer Reyes

At 24, Jennifer Reyes is one of the youngest Free Minds students, but when she came to interview for a spot in the program in July, she said she had already waited too long to start college. “The way my caseworker explained this program to me, it helps you get started, so you’re ready when … 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

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

Free Minds at Five: Reflections from Sylvia Gale, Founding Director

Four years and one month ago, the first class of Free Minds Project students met in the community room of the Foundation Communities Vintage Creek apartment complex on Northeast Drive. For each of the 25 students, six faculty members, and two staff sitting packed in close around the seminar tables, sharing our thoughts and dreams … Continue reading