Few things go together better than drinking and writing – just ask Ernest Hemingway, Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, Raymond Carver, Dorothy Parker and the dozens of other award-winning authors who’ve done their best work while battling massive hangovers.
The tried-and-true pairing has been a hit for Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda as well. The two are the founders of the Drinking & Writing Brewery, which has spawned several plays, a radio show and a popular annual festival at the Hopleaf.
This year, things are getting really interesting. Not only will there soon be a Drinking & Writing Theater – to be housed in the new Haymarket Pub & Brewery (opening in August) owned by Pete Crowley, the group’s resident Brewmaster – but Mosqueda and Benjamin have just announced the first-ever Drinking & Writing Experience, a five-week workshop that covers the ins and outs of both topic areas. The events, to take place at a different local bar/brewery each week, will include discussions about particular drunken writers, some writing time and guest speakers from the drinking and writing communities, as well as at least two drinks per class. The series will end with group performances using material generated during the sessions.
The Experience runs on Wednesday nights from 7-9 p.m., April 14-May 12, and is limited to 15 participants. Cost is $200, or $235 with tickets to this year's Beerfly Alleyfight (May 22) and Drinking & Writing Festival (June 12). Sign up here.