NEWS & EVENTS
Current Events & News:
* Released Dec. 11th, 2020 Schantz's new chapbook Down in the Water book is available for purchase from Gesture Press. Order from the publisher: www.gesturepressandjournal.com
* Jan. 23rd-Feb. 27th, 2021: Schantz is hosting and teaching QUILTED WINTER through her private creative writing workshop series, (W)rites of Passage. This is a six-week series where writers can either take the entire package or attend individual Saturdays. Done remotely using Zoom, each Saturday workshop is from 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. MST. Week 1, Jan. 23rd, is COTTON; WEEK 2, Jan. 30th is DENIM; WEK 3, Feb. 6th is POLYESTER; WEEK 4, Feb. 13th is WOOL; WEEK 5, Feb. 20th is SILK; and WEEK 6, Feb. 27th is VELVET. There will then be a salon/celebration/ritual on Sunday, Feb. 28th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. $300.00 for the entire series (includes a 15 page critique) or $60 per Saturday. To register please visit www.WritesofPassage.org
* 2021 in General: Schantz is teaching an array of workshops for Lighthouse, everything from 8 week fiction workshops to mini-Zooms on subjects such as dialogue, trauma, Magical Realism (and more); she is also scheduled for other one-day workshops and will be teaching for Lit Fest in June. If you'd like to register for any of these classes, the easiest way to do so is to go to the Lighthouse website, click on upcoming workshops, and type SCHANTZ into the search space for specific instructors. The prices for these workshops vary and depend on what kind they are. Lighthouse does however offer financial assistance to those in need. She also facilitates the first and third Wednesday of Hard Times which is a collaboration between Lighthouse and the Arvada Public Library. These creative writing workshops are free to anyone experiencing Hard Times (which might include homelessness, financial insecurity, mental health issues, addiction, etc.); you do not need to "prove" your Hard Times, you simply need to register through either the Lighthouse website or the Arvada Public Library website. You are welcome to attend every week and enjoy the facilitation of the other writers who also lead these workshops—Hard Times is a generative space for writing with prompts that are always optional; participants are invited to read their work but never forced to, and the feedback provided is only ever positive.
* 2021 Tarot Tuesdays: On the first Tuesday of every month, Schantz combines her craft as a writer and as a witch to host writing workshops called Tarot Tuesdays via her private creative writing workshop series, (W)rites of Passage. From 10:00-11:15 a.m. MST, participants will be given writing prompts based upon the Collective Spread Schantz will have drawn for the group in ritual before the workshop as well as provide a divinatory forecast for the month to come and suggested rituals to assist the writers in both their personal lives but also as writers. Each Tarot Tuesday, participants will also receive an individualized Tarot or Oracle card drawing as well. These are $15-$30 sliding scale and generally limited to 15 participants (although there is flexibility here). Even after COVID, Tarot Tuesday will remain online through Zoom. To register please visit the website www.WritesofPassage.org to get the dates needed and then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* January 31st, 2021: Schantz's creative writing workshop series was honored to host Steven Dunn, esteemed author of Potted Meat and Water & Power in the first (W)rites of Passage Guest Author Workshop Series. The workshop was titled "The Movements [thru rap lyrics]" and used a close study of certain rap lyrics to improve upon the way we craft setting.
* December 12th, 2020: Schantz read at the last Midnight Transmission reading of the year hosted by Orlando White and Jesse Maloney. She was one of seven featured writers including Diana Marie Delgado, Erica Waters, Toni Oswald, Ryan Allison, Natanya Ann Pulley, and Monty Little.
* December 11th, 2020: To celebrate the publication of Down in the Water (seriously delayed by COVID-19), Schantz read with Toni Oswald to celebrate and promote both author's books from Gesture Press.
* November 18th, 2020: Schantz was delighted to do a very special reading with one of her dearest friends, the poet, the prose writer, the musician, the visual artist, and the actor Toni Oswald as part of the Jaipur Literary Festival; Oswald book of poetry, Sirens debuted November 16th from Gesture Press who is also publishing Schantz's forthcoming chapbook Down in the Water (release date, December 11th, 2020). The reading and discussion is titled Sirens, The Call of the Sirens, Down in the Water and was from 6:15-6:45 p.m. Mountain Time remotely.
* September 19th-October 24th, 2020: Schantz facilitated another seasonally-inspired creative writing workshop series via Writes of Passage titled FERAL FALL. The sub themes and dates were: Sept. 19th: FUR, Sept. 26th: CLAW, Oct. 3rd: FANG, Oct. 10th: FERAL, Oct. 17th: CAGE, and Oct. 24th: ESCAPE. To find and register future workshops you can email email@example.com or visit the website for more information: www.WritesofPassage.org
* August 18th-Oct. 6th, 2020: Schantz taught an intermediate fiction workshop through Lighthouse that was 8 weeks long.
* August 10th-August 24th, 2020: Schantz taught "The Dystopian Short Story" through (W)rites of Passage.
* July 29th, 2020: Schantz taught a mini-zoom for Lighthouse called "Writing Trauma from the Periphery of the Wound."
* July 11th-August 1st, 2020: Via (W)rites of Passage, Schantz hosted/facilitated a four-week long seasonally inspired workshop series titled EXPRESSIVE SUMMER. Broken into four sub themes, "Voice" (July 11th); "Monologues & Soliloquies" (July 18th); "Dialogue" (July 25th); and "Body Language" (August 1st). Visit the website for information on upcoming workshops: www.WritesofPassage.org
* July 7th-July 21st, 2020: Via (W)rites of Passage, Schantz hosted a three-week long online writing course "Magical Realism."
* June 8th-June 14th, 2020: Schantz taught a workshop titled "The Glimmer, The Ghost" for the Summer Writing Program at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.
* June 2nd-June 16th, 2020: Through (W)rites of Passage, Schantz taught a three-week long online course called "Magical Realism."
* June 22nd, 2020: Schantz was a featured writer in a Faculty Happy Hour reading for Lighthouse's Lit Fest from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mountain Time where she read with Richard Froude, Carolina Ebeid, and Andrew Altschul.
* May 30th, 2020: Through (W)rites of Passage, Schantz hosted/taught a short online workshop via Zoom titled "Show Don't Tell: An Intensive" from 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. $25.00.
* May 29th, 2020: Through (W)rites of Passage, Schantz hosted/taught a short online workshop via Zoom titled "The Art of the Line Edit" from 10:00-11:30 a.m. $30.00.
* May 14th, 2020: Through Lighthouse Schantz taught a mini-Zoom workshop titled "Body Language: Showing Emotion" from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
* May 5th, 2020: Through Lighthouse Schantz taught a mini-Zoom workshop titled "The Art of Writing Dialogue" from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
* April/May, 2020: Schantz discusses "Characterization" with novelist Rachel Weaver as part of Lighthouse's Craft Talk Series. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCfvEi03RhQ
* April 27th, 2020: Through Lighthouse Schantz taught a mini-Zoom workshop titled "Body Language: Showing Emotion" from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
* April 22nd & April 29th, 2020: Through (W)rites of Passage, Schantz hosted/taught an online mini-workshop titled "Before & After: How to Write Trauma from the Periphery of the Wound" on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. via Zoom.
* April 17th, 2020: Through Lighthouse Schantz taught a mini-Zoom workshop titled "The Art of Writing Dialogue" from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
* April 8th, 2020: Through Lighthouse Schantz taught a mini-Zoom workshop titled "Body Language: Showing Emotion" from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
* April 4th-April 25th, 2020: Schantz hosted and facilitated a (W)rites of Passage workshop series called SILENT SPRING from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday explored a new sub theme in the following order: Flora (April 4th), Fauna (April 11th), Fungi (April 18th), & The Environment & Environmentalism (April 25th). These workshops took place on Saturdays from 11:00 am-2:30 pm. Participants either took the whole workshop series for $200 (includes a 15 page critique) or individual Saturdays for $60.00. To make inquiries about future workshops, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.WritesofPassage.org
* March 23rd-May 11th, 2020: Schantz taught an eight-week long Intermediary Fiction workshop for Lighthouse in Louisville on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
*March 13th, 2020: Schantz will be reading in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Center for Contemporary Arts. CANCELED because of COVID-19. (We are hoping to reschedule once the pandemic is over).
* March 11th, 2020: Schantz was a visiting writer at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
* January 6th-February 24th, 2020: Schantz taught an eight-week long Intermediary Fiction workshop for Lighthouse in Louisville on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
* January 18th-February 22nd, 2020: Schantz hosted and facilitated a (W)rites of Passage workshop series called FOOLISH WINTER from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday explored a new sub theme in the following order: Zero/0 (January 18th), The Edge (January 25th), Baggage (February 1st), Rose (February 8th), Dog (February 15th) & The Fool (February 22nd). These workshops took place on Saturdays from 11:00 am-2:30 pm. Participants either took the whole workshop series for $300 (includes a 15 page critique) or individual Saturdays for $60.00.
* January 21st-May 7th, 2020: Schantz teaches Creative Writing 1 at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:15 p.m.
* February 29th, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: Schantz taught a workshop titled "Secrets: Strategies for Story" at Lighthouse North in Louisville as part of Lighthouse North Writers Fest.
* October 24th-Dec. 12th: Schantz taught an eight-week long Intermediary Fiction workshop for Lighthouse in Louisville on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
* Fall 2019: Schantz taught Fiction at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 pm.
* August 22nd-Oct. 10th: Schantz taught an eight-week long Intermediary Fiction workshop for Lighthouse in Louisville on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm.
* September 21st-October 26th: Schantz hosts and facilitates another (W)rites of Passage workshop series called TOWERING FALL from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday explores a new sub theme in the following order: Masonry & Foundation (September 21st), The Tower (September 28th), The Crown (October 5th), Lightning (October 12th), Destruction (October 19th) & Denouement (October 26th). These workshops take place on Saturdays from 11:00 am-2:30 pm. Participants can take the whole workshop series for $300 (includes a 15 page critique) or individual Saturdays for $60.00. To register please email email@example.com or visit the website: www.WritesofPassage.org (click on the tab for Workshop: TOWERING FALL).
* July 13th-August 3, 2019: Schantz hosted and facilitated a (W)rites of Passage workshop series called ROCK STAR SUMMER from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday explored a new sub theme in the following order: Sex (July 13th), Drugs (July 20th), Rock Star/Fame/Taboo (July 27th) & Rock n Roll (August 3rd). These workshops took place on Saturdays from 11:00 am-2:30 pm. Participants either took the whole workshop series for $200 (includes a 15 page critique) or individual Saturdays for $60.00.
* Summer 2019: Schantz taught Creative Writing 1 at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-3:10 pm.
* July 10th, 2019: Schantz facilitated a memoir writing workshop titled "The Memory Palace" for the Jaipur Literary Festival.
* June 15th, 2019: Schantz was on a panel about professional development as a writer as part of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. The panel "How to Be, What to Do" was open to the public and took place on the Arapahoe Campus (close to downtown) in the Lincoln Studio (in the old school house). It focused on how the different ways these panelists have learned to make a living as a writer in this day and age.
* February 26th, 2019: Fairytale Reading at the BookBar in Denver from 5:00-6:30 (Schantz was one of the featured writers).
* January 26th through March 2nd, 2019: Schantz hosted and facilitated a (W)rites of Passage workshop series, HERMIT'S WINTER from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday covered a new sub theme as inspired by the major arcana card, The Hermit, from the Tarot (Snow, Cloak, Mountain Top, Chasm, Lantern, and The Hermit). These workshops took place from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm. Participants either took the whole series for $300.00 (includes a 20 page critique from the instructor) or individual Saturday's for $60.00.
* March 2019: Schantz's short story, "The Ten of Wands" was published after being selected as an honorable mention for the 2018 Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest hosted by Cutthroat and judged by Susan Mona Power. This story, while a piece of fiction through-and-through, was nevertheless influenced by the grieving process and recent loss of Schantz's beloved daughter Kaya Sabasha Fisher, thus this recognition holds special significance to the author. You might be able to purchase a copy of the journal from Cutthroat if you go to their website.
* April 2019: Schantz hosted and facilitated a (W)rites of Passage workshop series titled NOURISHING SPRING from her home in East Boulder. Broken into four-weeks, the following sub themes unfolded each Saturday in April from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Week 1: Bread (April 6th) ~ Week 2: Butter (April 13th) ~ Week 3: Milk (April 20th) ~ Week 4: Honey (April 27th). Participants either took the whole series for $200.00 (includes a 15 page critique) or individual Saturday's for $60.00.
* Spring 2019: Schantz taught Creative Writing 1 at the Front Range Community College Boulder County Campus.
* October 2018: Schantz did a book tour of all the Colorado Mountain College campuses the weeks of Oct. 15th and Oct. 22nd where she discussed her novel Fig, as well as her own story arc as a writer, in tandem with Kimberly Harding, PhD whose booklet Making our way through the Arc of Transcendence Together accompanied the curriculum as designed by the school. Schantz spoke with Harding in Breckenridge at the CMC campus there on Tuesday, Oct. 16th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. On Oct. 17th she went to Leadville where she will had a special dinner with the student winners of the essay contest and then gave a talk and book signing at the Leadville CMC campus. On Oct. 18th she was in Steamboat Springs at the CMC campus then at the Rifle campus Oct. 23rd. Oct. 24th she was at the Aspen CMC campus for a visit and talk before visiting with students at the Spring Valley CMC campus before going to Glenwood Springs at Morgridge Commons. On Oct. 25th she finished the tour in Edwards at the CMC campus https://www.vaildaily.com/news/common-reader-tour-to-visit-seven-cmc-campuses-authors-schantz-harding-to-give-free-presentations/
* Sept. 1st-Oct. 6th, 2018: Schantz hosted and facilitated a (W)rites of Passage workshop series, EMBODIED AUTUMN from her home in East Boulder. Each Saturday covered a new sub theme (Hair, Skin, Tooth, Bone, Blood, and Viscera) and took place from 11:00-2:30.
* Sept. 22nd, 2018: Schantz was one of the featured writers at a Jaipur Literary Festival reading at the Boulder Public Library from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.
* Fall Semester 2018: Schantz taught Creative Writing 1 at Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus).
* April 14th, 2018: Schantz taught a creative writing workshop at the Arapahoe Community College where she judged a fiction contest and also gave a reading at the culmination of the event.
* Aug. 8th, 2018: Schantz taught a free workshop "Secrets & Subtext" for the Jaipur Literary Festival.
* April 2018: After Schantz was selected as master teacher of the Boulder County Campus at Front Range Community College (in May of 2017), she was then chosen by the president of the entire college as Master Teacher for ALL FRCC campuses (Westminster, Brighton, Fort Collins, Boulder, and online) to represent the school at an awards ceremony for all Colorado community college master teachers. She was unable to attend because the ceremony coincided with one of her classes at the college.
* Jan. 27th-March 3rd, 2018: Schantz taught a (W)rites of Passage workshop series "Renaissance Winter" which explored the following sub-themes: "Visual Art," "Music & Dance," "Drama," "Sports," "Gardening," and finally, "Cooking." Individual Saturdays were $60.00 or $300.00 for the entire workshop series (includes a 20 page critique).
* Jan. 13th, 2018: Author Event: The Writer's Retreat at the Englewood Public Library; Schantz facilitated a workshop titled, "Writing About Your Life" from 11:30-12:20. Then from 3:30-4:30, Schantz will participate in a Q&A session with other participating authors, Warren Hammond, Mario Acevedo, and Joshua Viola.
* Dec. 2017: Schantz's poem "Swan Soup" was accepted for publication in the forthcoming "Chimera" issue of Hunger Mountain. While Schantz has been widely published, all past publications have been prose; this is the very first time her poetry has ever been accepted for publication. You might be able to buy copies of this edition if you make inquiries through Hunger Mountain.
* Dec. 1st, 2017: A very short story, "Down in the Water" by Schantz won the 2017 Fulton Prize hosted by The Adirondack Review. Read the story here in the 2017 Winter Issue: http://www.theadirondackreview.com/sarahelizabethschantz
* Nov. 9th, 2017: Schantz was one of the featured faculty readers at the Working Writer's Reading Series at Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus) in the Community Room from 6:00-8:00 p.m. She read from her current novel in progress, Roadside Altars.
* Spring 2017/New publication: The most recent edition (Issue #43) of Bombay Gin, a literary journal features both an essay titled, "Drafts," by Schantz, as well as a review she wrote for Kika Dorsey's new poetry collection, Rust. To purchase a copy please visit their website: https://bombayginjournal.com.
* July 6th, 2017: Schantz read at the Dikeou Reading in Denver. The reading was from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the gallery, The Dikeou Collection. 1615 California Street, Set 515, Denver, Colorado 80202.
* June 16th, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Schantz taught a free creative writing workshop for teens at the public library in Longmont. 350 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501/303-651-8472.
* June 17th, 2017 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.: Schantz was on a panel about publication and professional development as a writer as part of the esteemed Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. The panel was open to the public and took place on the Arapahoe Campus (close to downtown) in the Lincoln Studio (in the old school house). It focused on how to submit your work for publication and the different ways these panelists have learned to make a living as a writer in this day and age. The essay Schantz read for this panel is posted now in her blog Magical Thinking (on this website) dated June of 2017.
* June 10th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the BookBar in Denver: Schantz was invited to read her work alongside fellow creative writing instructors from local Colorado colleges. Her 41st birthday is the very next day! While copies of her novel, Fig, will be available for sale at the bookstore, and while Schantz will be more than happy to sign those, she plans on reading from her current work-in-progress instead, a novel titled Roadside Altars. Come see Schantz and other creative writing professors read their work. BookBar: 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212/303-284-0194.
* May 2017: Schantz was awarded Master Teacher at Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus) where she not only teaches creative writing and literature, but is employed as an instructor in the Writing Center. She is a keynote speaker at Commencement.
* March 13th, 2017: This brave mother and writer with PTSD not only posted a review of Fig on her blog, but also interviewed Schantz too. Check it out: http://www.bettysbattleground.com/?s=fig&submit=Search
* Jan. 20th, 2017 from 9:00 am till 12:00 p.m. Schantz was invited to facilitate the following creative writing workshop with fellow author, Mairead Case, in Breckenridge, CO.
* Nov. 14th, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.: Schantz read at the Bombay Gin fundraiser. She wrote a review of Kika Dorsey's recent poetry collection Rust for this edition as well as a short CNF piece about working at Bobbie Louise Hawkin's literary assistant.
* Nov. 29th, 2016: Schantz participated in a Colorado Book Award reading at the Boulder Bookstore at 7:00 p.m.
* Spring 2016: Fig was selected as the campus-read for the 2016 Fall Semester at Front Range Community College (Boulder County Campus in Longmont, Colorado).
* On Friday, Sept. 2nd, 2016 at 6:00 pm, Schantz read with fellow local authors, Lisa Birman, Edward Hamlin, and Jonathan Waldman at Mermaid Rare Books (4200 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212) as part of the 2016 Lit Crawl in Denver. Lit Crawl is from 6:00-11:00 pm and includes different readings up and down Tennyson before culminating in a celebration at the Oriental Theater.
* Sept. 20th, 2016 & Sept. 22nd, 2016: Stories on Stage, in partnership with the Jaipur Literary Festival, performed a section from Schantz's novel, Fig. Schantz was available for a talk-back following both performances. The first performance was in the Canyon Theater at the Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Ave in Boulder) on Sept. 20th and the second performance was Sept. 22nd at The Park Hill Library in Denver, CO. Excerpts from Fig will be performed by Kyra Lindsay and Regina Fernandez Steffen will perform “The Good Times Are Killing Me” by Erika Krouse.
* Sept. 25th, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.: As part of the 2016 Jaipur Literary Festival, Schantz participated in a panel titled, "The Outsiders," with author Erika Krouse at the Steps in the Boulder Public Library on Sunday, Sept. 25th.
* 2016: Fig won a 2016 Colorado Book Award.
* April 8th, 2016: Schantz was invited to discuss Fig, and the writing process, at the BookBar in Denver, Colorado on Friday, April 8th by the Public Library Association because they have graciously chosen Fig for their Reading Group series.
* March 2016: The trade paperback of Fig came outand is available for purchase via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, but as always, we encourage you to support your local independently owned & operated bookstores when you can.
* 2015: Fig was named one of the best books of 2015 by NPR (Young Adult, Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Family Matters & Realistic Fiction) http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2015/#/tag/book-club-ideas
* March 21st, 2016: Schantz read from her novel-in-progress Roadside Altars as a part of the Jaipur Literary Festival at the Twisted Pine Brewery in Boulder, Colorado (3201 Walnut) with local poet, Ruth Ellen Kocher.
* Sept. 24th-Oct. 29th, 2016: Schantz hosted and facilitated a (W)rites of Passage Workshop HOROLOGICAL FALL. This series was six weeks long and explored the following sub themes: Time; Nostalgia; Memory & Erasure; Fate; The Future; and finally, Hope & Healing. $300 for all six weeks (includes a 20 page critique) or $60 per individual Saturday.
* 2015: Here is an interview with the author conducted by literary journal Midwestern Gothic in which Schantz discusses the importance of magic: http://midwestgothic.com/2015/06/interview-sarah-elizabeth-schantz/
* 2015: In this blog, the author of Fig was invited to write about who'd she cast in the film version (or maybe TV show) of the book. See if her cast is the same as the one you imagined while reading: http://americareads.blogspot.com/2015/05/sarah-elizabeth-schantzs-fig-movie.html
* June 15th, 2015: Schantz was invited to participate in the panel "The Essence of Darkness" at the Lit Fest Book Fair hosted by Lighthouse Writers in Denver from 8:00-9:30 p.m.
* June 25th-27th, 2015: Simon & Schuster sent Schantz to the ALA conference in San Francisco the last weekend of June, 2015 (25th-27th). She participated in a panel for debut writers and had a chance to meet the nation's top librarians.
* 2015: An interview with Schantz regarding the issue of dermatillomania (compulsive skin-picking) in her debut novel, Fig: http://www.skinpick.com/Q-and-A-with-Sarah-Elizabeth-Schantz
* 2015: Schantz participated in this interview regarding the subjects of OCD, self-harm, dermatillomania, and schizophrenia in Fig for May because it is the official month for mental health awareness: http://www.teenreads.com/features/side-by-side/mental-health-awareness-month
* 2015: Fig is on this list of the top twelve books to read on the beach for the summer of 2015 if you are a social activist: http://www.mtv.com/news/2161567/mtv-issues-book-roundup/