•Writing Studio

Weekly, Sundays 4:00 – 6:00

Each two-hour session includes generative writing, craft & process discussion, and workshop.

  • We focus primarily on poetry in the process & craft discussions, but writers in any genre are welcome.
  • The studio framework is designed to be “free-standing,” and welcomes both steady and occasional participation.
  • The studio welcomes writers of all “levels.”
  • Participants will have the opportunity to workshop a 1-2 page piece (any genre) for at each session.

Held at SFZC Conference Center, 308 Page Street (at Laguna, near Civic Center BART)

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• THE SOUND OF HAPPINESS: A Voice and Poetry Workshop

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 1 p.m. 3 p.m.

SoundofHappiness13062I’ll be joining Cellist/vocalist Theresa Wong for an afternoon of vocal and writing exercises exploring the relationship of voice, language, and happiness. Theresa Wong will guide participants in vocal improvisations which explore how chance creates the possibility of creative freedom. And I will lead a series of writing exercises inviting participants to explore how uncertainty can be a ground of possibility and generativity in writing poems.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and is open to all ages, including children.

This workshop is organized in association with Happiness is…, the inaugural exhibition for Montalvo Art Center’s new theme, Flourish: Artists Explore Wellbeing. Over the next twenty months join us in exploring the question: how do we live meaningful, happy and healthy lives

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Sunday, March 31  10:00 – 5:00

Try to love the questions themselves. – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Stock cinematic visions of the creative process might suggest that inspiration seizes us in sudden gusts or that it’s a kind of lucky endowment.  But what if inspiration, as the painter Agnes Martin suggests, is always there, and our access to it is a function of our awareness? How do we cultivate the receptivity Stanley Kunitz points to when he recommends to poets that we become “a friendly host.”

What sparks a poem? Do poems begin in conversation? In close observation? In empathy? In what we try to avoid? What allows us to “finish” a poem?

This workshop will help us cultivate receptivity and agility  to respond to what draws our attention, and we’ll begin to assemble a “toolkit” of resources to help us enjoy the sometimes murky creative process.

The day will include several writing and process exercises.  And we’ll cultivate a supportive and responsive circle of listening & response for students to inquire further into their work.

There will be opportunities throughout the day to share work from generative exercises and each participant is invited to bring a 1-2 page piece for a 15-minute workshop slot. In addition to receiving close attention to the writing itself, participants can use this time to discuss a process issue in their work.

(lunch 1:00 – 2:00)


Workshop only: $110

Workshop + 1-hour 1:1 session:  $140  (session to be scheduled later)

Registration limited to 12

Please email me below for information about how to register:  (Payment by check, cash, or Paypal is available)

Held at the SFZC Conference Center 308 Page Street

Two work exchange slots are available. Please email me below for more information. (six hours work exchange)

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Monday, July 15, 2013 – Friday, July 19, 2013

9 a.m. – noon (Ages 9+)

Apr09_3 077BLURWriting and gardening both invite us to pay close attention to the world around us. Each day in our creative writing camp, we’ll explore Montalvo’s grounds and let our discoveries help to shape our writing! Activities include writing poems, stories, making a journal from found materials, planting seedlings, and papermaking. Students will read their work at the end of the week.

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