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Does typing on a typewriter and expanding your creative writing skills sound like something you would enjoy? Join Langley Shazor for an afternoon of learning about poetry, prose, and typewriters in one of the two sessions of The Casual Word – Creative Writing Class.

Published writer, Langley Shazor will be teaching a fun class about how to break past the common obstacles that plague young writers including peer review, in writing revision, vocabulary, perfectionism and more. Participants will work with Langley to tap into their creative capacity instead of focusing on technical writing. The class is sponsored by The Casual Word, H.O.P.E and Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.

Langley is a Bristol, VA native who has been published in The Loafer Magazine, Inner Child Magazine, and more. An advocate for the performing arts and education, Langley is the founder of the Virginia Middle School Writing Club, where students use typewriters to express themselves creatively with poetry and short stories.

Offered April 24th and May 15th, the class will start at 4:00 p.m. and finish at 6:00 p.m. The class is free and open to all ages. All supplies are provided. Students keep all written work and have the opportunity to be featured on’s poet of the week column. The class will take place in room 239 of the Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center, located at 1200 E. Center St.

Pre-registration is required to participate. To register for the class, please email Stella Robinette at or call 423-276-6541.

For more information, please visit, the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts Facebook page or call 423-392-8414.