WONDER SHOW Writing Workshops to be Held at Providence Public Library through April

The City in Pieces: Writing the Lost Histories of Providence
Providence Public Library will host four themed workshops in conjunction with The Wonder Show project.  Writers of all levels are invited to attend one or all workshops, which are free.  Through these workshops, local history will be used as creative inspiration to explore 19th century photographs, newspaper clippings, and other historic ephemera to reassemble and imagine a past that might otherwise be lost.


Workshops will be held every weekend at Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street, Providence — Trustees Room, 3rd Floor). Schedule is as follows:

ArchivesSaturday, April 7, 12:30 - 2 pm

Place — Sunday, April 15, 3 - 4:30 pm

Memory — Sunday, April 22, 3 - 4:30 pm

Illusion — Sunday, April 29, 3 - 4:30 pm

There will be an opportunity for resulting work to be archived and exhibited at the library. Capacity is limited to 12 participants per session.  REGISTRATION required by emailing wondershowproject@gmail.com with the workshop(s) you would like to attend.

For more information on the workshops, check out: www.thewondershow.org.

The workshops are part of a larger project called The Wonder Show, which seeks to bring historic photographs from special collections to life through the 19th century magic lantern that entertained audiences before the beginning of cinema.

The Wonder Show seeks to present local stories through the early magic lantern shows that once entertained and educated audiences before the beginning of cinema. Working with the folks at The Glass Negative Project, the Wonder Show will project historic photographs accompanied by narration and musical accompaniment in an exciting multimedia performance.

Project goals:
• Discover new and interesting ways of telling place-based stories
• Connect the public to historic materials: stories, photographs, and technologies.
• Experiment with different photographic techniques
• Engage Providence’s different creative communities

The magic lantern is a vehicle to spark new interest in historical narratives, mediums, and materials, while at the same time instilling a sense of wonder in audiences. Incredible archival resources are so often hidden from public view, and the magic lantern show is a way of animating these stories and images for the community. Using these archival images as narrative prompts, we seek to experiment with new ways of storytelling as a collaborative process between photographers, performers, writers, and researchers. While contemporary technology is increasingly individualized, performance offers a collective experience. We hope to engage multiple voices, blending both fact and fiction, to invent an imaginative theatrical account of the city we live in.

On May 18 and 19 at 7 pm at 95 Empire, The Wonder Show will project these photos   accompanied by live narration and music in an exciting multimedia performance.

The Wonder Show is supported by the Rhode Island Council of the Humanities, Providence Provision, and the Creative Arts Council at Brown University.