Workshops, Lessons, and Classes

Franke Center Education offers classes, workshops, and lessons. Our teachers are dedicated professionals who excel in their field and make learning fun!

Yoga  |  The Begin  Series with Erin Reed  |  6-week course  |  Starting March 6

Creative Wellbeing 

March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17 | 9:30am – 10:45am. This 6 week healing program was designed for people who are new to yoga practice and/or seeking to reconnect with their bodies. Every experience we have in life is processed through our physical bodies. Experiences such as stress, injury, or trauma are all experiences that may disconnect us from the wisdom in our bodies. Experiences create patterns in our bodies and our lives. Through this series you will be supported to build awareness and create patterns that serve your wholeness and wellbeing.  Yoga is a healing art that translates to mean union, and through yoga practice we are able to unify by bringing awareness to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Through yoga practice we are able to create intentional pathways for connection and wellbeing. This series will focus on accessible asana (postures), pranayama (breath) with an intention to support you in the experience of befriending your body, awareness, self-compassion, empowerment, flow, and edge. Each class will include movement and breath, centering, embodied movement, deep relaxation, and integration. Each session will be 75 minutes.

Erin is a graduate of The Evergreen State College where she studied movement, mind/body practices, and multi-cultural counseling. She has been studying, practicing, and teaching yoga and mindfulness for 23 years. In 2018, Erin earned her 300-hour trauma sensitive yoga teacher certification from Grand Rapids Healing Yoga, and in 2020 she earned an additional 300 hours of training to be certified as a yoga therapy practitioner by the Body Mind Being Institute. Erin has guided trauma sensitive yoga practices for trauma survivors in both group and individual sessions, as well as community yoga classes.

Meets once per week on Saturdays 9:30a – 10:45a in person or via Zoom, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17
In Person:  there are limited spots open for in-person instruction (masked and socially distanced in The Franke Center’s Downstage space) $100
Drop in, in person (limited availability) $20 per session
Virtual:  via Zoom $50

Creative Writing  |  6-week course  |  Starting March 17

The Franke Center for the Arts will offer ALL VIRTUAL creative writing workshops for youth and adults starting March. The workshops will meet once per week for six weeks and will be taught by literary agent Carrie Howland and Franke Center executive director Jacob Gates, the author of five novels. Approximately half of each workshop session will be devoted to discussing students’ work, while the other half will be spent learning about writing craft and the publishing industry. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions and get feedback! Space is limited, and slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Writers of all experience levels are welcome, and those who have taken the last Franke Center writing workshop can expect new content this time around.

YOUTH CREATIVE WRITING – For students grades 6-12
Cost: $80 + $2 registration fee (scholarships are available)
Length: 6 weeks
Meets: once per week on Wednesdays from 4pm – 5:15pm,  March 17th – April 21
A maximum of 12 students will be allowed to participate, so register soon!

ADULT CREATIVE WRITING – For adults 18 and up
Cost: $100 + $2 registration fee (scholarships are available)
Length: 6 weeks
Meets: once per week on Wednesdays from 6pm – 7:15pm,  March 17th – April 21
A maximum of 12 students will be allowed to participate, so register soon!

Jacob Gates has had five novels published under the name J. Gabriel Gates, and two of his screenplays were optioned by Hollywood producers. He has an MFA in writing from Spalding University and has taught writing at Olivet College and Kellogg Community College. “This is really a phenomenal opportunity for writers,” Jacob Gates said. “When I was starting out, I would have loved the chance to sit down with a published author and an established literary agent to discuss my work. It’s the type of experience a person usually only gets in an MFA program or at an expensive conference, so the fact that we’re able to offer it through The Franke Center is really exciting.”For more information on his work,


Carrie Howland is a literary agent who lives in Marshall and represents an array of adult literary fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. She founded Howland Literary, LLC in 2018, after thirteen years as an agent in New York City, most recently at Empire Literary. Carrie holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Albion College, where she was the Poetry Editor of The Albion Review. Her poetry has appeared in various literary journals and magazines. She attends several conferences, both nationally and internationally, throughout the year. She has been featured in several publications discussing her work as an agent including Poets & Writers, SCWBI insight, Akashic Books, and Slice Magazine. For more information on Carrie,