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Beckon to the Beacon: Beckon to the Beacon: Poetry at the Charles Street Gallery will be held Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m., free and open to the public. The Otram Slabess Poetry Group’s annual reading is in recognition of National Poetry Month. Members Teresa Bruce, Steve Johnson, Jacquelyn Markham, Warren Slesinger, and Olivia Stiffler will share their work, as well as Quitman Marshall whose book “You Were Born One Time” won the 2013 SC Poetry Archives prize. The Otram Slabess Group formed in Beaufort in 2003. The group’s namesake was a great Persian poet of the thirteenth century who said that poetry, by means of a certain determined ambiguousness, was aimed at stirring up those faculties in people that cause them to experience expansive and contractive moods and, in turn, cause great effects in the order of the world. For more information, contact 843-521-9054, www.thecharlesstreetgallery.com, 914 Charles Street.

Becoming a Travel Writer: Travel Right … Travel Write!: Becoming a Travel Writer. How would you like to manifest trips to exotic destinations on someone else’s nickel, or to travel on your own and earn back your expenses, just by writing a story about your experience? Freelance travel writers do both, and this class shows you how. Through in-class and take-home exercises you’ll learn the qualities that make a good travel writer, types of stories and markets, tips to make travel easy and fun, and the nuts and bolts of writing a travel story that publications will snap right up. Instructor Katherine Tandy Brown has been a successful freelance travel writer for 24 years. She leads workshops in freelance writing for magazines, travel writing, memoir writing, nature writing, and Summer Scribes, a writing camp for 5th through 7th graders. The class will meet Mondays, April 7 through April 28, 6 to 8 p.m., at TCL Beaufort Campus, $89. To register: 843-525-8205 or www.tcl.edu/life.