Temescal Writers


Temescal Writers offers creative writing workshops for everyone—no matter your age, background, genre interest or level of writing experience.


2016 FALL WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

Now Available!

Her Voice Is
Blackberries

A book of poems
by Joan Marie Wood
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TUESDAY MORNINGS

Women's Workshop, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2017 Session: TBA

 

Starting at 10 a.m., we write together for 20 to 25 minutes, followed by our reading/response circle. Mid-morning we share news from our writing lives, and may discuss briefly a topic of interest to writers, especially women writers, such as coping with inner critics, or steps toward putting one’s writing voice out into the public sphere. We have a break, with tea, coffee, fruit, scones, and other healthy snacks available.

 

This is followed by another 20 to 30 minute writing time and response circle. Sometimes a third, shorter writing time is possible; more often we close by reading a poem together.


WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

Workshop open to all, 6 - 9 p.m.,

2017 Session: TBA

 

Starting at 6 p.m., we write together for 20 to 25 minutes, followed by our reading/response circle. Before the break, we share news from our writing lives, and may discuss briefly a topic of interest to writers, such as coping with inner critics, or journal-keeping. At the break, teas and fresh homemade brownies, plus fruit and other healthy snacks are available. Writing takes a lot of energy, which is especially important to boost in the evening!

 

We write again for 20 to 30 minutes, followed by the response circle. Sometimes we have time for a final short writing; often we close by reading a poem around the group.

 

Private consultation time with Joan Marie is included in the workshop fee.

LOCATION

All workshops are held in a comfortable, homey environment, a fifteen minute walk from Rockridge BART in north Oakland.


WATERFALL

 

Waterfall is a Temescal Writers Workshop occasional inhouse chapbook project, adjunct to the Workshop program. Periodically, participants in the workshops are invited to offer a piece of writing for this celebratory endeavor, which includes both finished pieces and works-in-progress. Participants contribute to the cost of production, and offer copyediting and other skills. It’s a chance to see one’s writing in print, and to have a sample of the community’s writing to share with friends and family.