The Free School for Writing is an ongoing project conceived as a modular, itinerant classroom where writers, artists and lifelong learners can exchange skills and ideas around writing, literature, and education. The project’s name alludes to a tradition of DIY free schools based on gift economy principles.
Classes have taken the form of literary craft talks, bilingual writing workshops, performative experiments, and art installations.
The work of the Free School values artistic excellence; the voices and educational goals of writers and students of a broad spectrum of cultures, life experiences, and levels of literacy; lifelong learning adapted to learners’ and communities’ particular circumstances; a do-it-yourself ethic; and the human need for balance and connection.
At this informal, welcoming “school,” caregivers can bring babies or others in their care if they need to.
Bilingual Free School for Writing class at Egleston Square Branch Library, part of Bodega Signs + Wonders project
Bilingual Free School for Writing class at Egleston Square Branch Library, part of Bodega Signs + Wonders project. Facilitated in collaboration with composer Shaw Pong Liu and musician Cesar del Cid.
Dreams into Words, Souls into Notes | Palabra y canción, bilingual workshop at Egleston Square Branch Library, part of Bodega Signs + Wonders project. Facilitated in collaboration with composer Shaw Pong Liu and musician Cesar del Cid.
Artist and illustrator Julia Pimes Mata came up with a series of designs used to promote four Bodega Signs + Wonders Free School workshops in Egleston Square.
Desiree Franjul, Julia Pimes Mata and Kevin Schutt at Escribiendo para el éxito | Writing for Work, Egleston Square Branch Library
Installation at Urbano Project in Jamaica Plain, MA. A space designed to support reading and one-on-one conversations about homes and residential architecture in fiction and in life.
An installation designed to support reading and one-on-one conversations about the way residential architecture and home spaces shape relationships and experience in fiction and in life.
Prompt from a class/performance about the language of propaganda and futurism at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Collaboration with painter and multidisciplinary artist Michelle Weinberg.