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Teen Writers – join us on Friday evenings

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Have you ever felt that sense of discovery when you have written your thoughts down? Do you need a creative outlet away from the pressures of grades and competition? Whether poetry, journaling or fiction, or a mash up of all of them, this class is a place to play! With many provocative, artistic experiments, we will unleash your creativity to help you explore who you are. Each class will invite you to try something new, read, and make art in a low pressure environment.

  • Dates: Fridays, 10/19/2018 – 12/14/2018 (no 11/23/18)
  • Location: 2121 Berkeley Way West (new GSE building)
  • Times: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Grades: 9th through 12th
  • Cost: $225 (paper form, check and cash only) $245 (online, credit card only)

Register Online! Click HERE

Register through the mail: Teen Writing. Food for the Soul Registration Packet (pdf)

Teacher bio:

Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 8.39.12 AM.pngAryn Faur is a passionate, veteran Berkeley high school English teacher who lives a double life as an editor of her friends and former classmates. She has taught the BAWP’s young writer’s camp and teen camps for many summers. She also has a stack of her own writing that gets written in between bedtime stories, the 5 minutes her kids are in the bath, and the rare moments her two small children are actually asleep.  She believes in the power of writing to help young people integrate difficult/transformational experiences and to help them craft their own identity. 

Fall: Young Writers Workshop – now accepting registrations!

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During our 8 weeks together, you’ll work toward personal writing goals and learn more about the craft of writing with the support of expert writing teachers. Each session will include an opportunity to write, get feedback, and share among peers who love writing as much as you do. Invite your family, friends, & fans to our final session, a public reading to celebrate your writing.

  • Dates: Wednesdays, 10/17/2018 – 12/12/2018 (no 11/21/18)
  • Location: 2121 Berkeley Way West (new GSE building)
  • Times: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Grades: 4th through 8th
  • Cost: $225 (paper form, check and cash only) $245 (online, credit card only)

Register Online! Click HERE

Register through the mail: Young Writers Workshop Registration Packet (pdf)

Teacher bios:

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 3.45.09 PMMarty Williams has taught writing for three decades, in schools, community projects, and writing workshops. A poet, she is is currently working on a manuscript of poems about her current hometown, Oakland, CA, and her homeground, where she grew up in Alaska.  She loves writing with others and believes we can help one another so our writing can change our lives and the world around us.

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 3.45.16 PMA storyteller at heart and a teacher by training, Sara Niesen delights in fanning the writing flames in young people. Sara taught for 10 years and now, as founder of Mind My Education, she helps students take charge of their learning – so they can write the stories of their lives instead of simply playing the roles laid out for them.

Writing Strategies for Language Development: BAWP Weekend Workshops

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Come join practicing Teachers as they share techniques and strategies that work in their classrooms. The Bay Area Writing Project is excited to provide high quality professional development opportunities at an affordable price for teachers throughout the Bay Area. This workshop series is perfect for teachers, administrators, coaches, coordinators, student teachers or anyone interested in the teaching of writing.

$22.30 registrationOctober 13, 2018 Registration

$47.30 registrationWhole Series (3 sessions)

—  Pay $15 less when you register for the whole series in advance
—  Groups of 3 or more get a 15% discount (must register at the same time and the discount automatically deducted during check out)

October 13th Weekend Workshop 2018 (pdf flyer)

2018 – 2019 Weekend Series Workshop (pdf flyer)
*Credit available for purchase if you attend all 3 workshops


October 13, 2018 Weekend Workshop

Writing Strategies for Language Development

Classrooms are filled with students who are linguistically and culturally diverse.  These workshops will explore language features and support language production for all learners. Teachers will experience rich language writing strategies and tools to provide targeted instruction for various levels of language fluency.

This workshop event will feature your choice of one workshop each session.

Location: UC Berkeley, 2121 Berkeley Way (Brand new Graduate School of Education building), 1st floor foyer
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops

Free Saturday street parking on Arch, LeConte and Spruce or metered parking ($) on streets surrounding the building.
Campus ($) parking options (Recommended: Lower Hearst parking structure)



Check-in and Coffee: 8:45 am
Opening Remarks: 8:50 am
Session 1: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Session 2: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

October 13, 2018

Session 1:

Comics and ELD
Presenter: Rachel Hudson

Visuals are a very powerful tool to  support reading and writing for English Language Learners. We will start off the session reviewing the benefits of using comics to support reading comprehension in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies. We will then dive into the benefits of using these graphic novels as visual communication to support students writing. Teachers will wrap up the lesson exploring Gene Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese.

“Can I write next to my friend?”
Presenter: Malia Tayabas-Kim

Voice and choice is critical to empowering English Language Learners as writers. However, creating the conditions for students to tap into their intrinsic motivation to learn while also developing their writing skills can create much anxiety for the teacher. In this workshop, teachers will participate in various student engagement strategies that can be used with English Language Learners as well as all students to cultivate student voice and choice in opinion writing.

Session 2:

Teachers as Curators
Presenter: Chalida Anusasananan

English language learners need multiple points of entry to access language.  In this workshop, teachers will participate in a write-around and structured discussion that can be used with English language learners as entry points for writing.  The subject for this PD for teachers will be examining their role as curators when placing texts in front of students, and the responsibility that comes with that role.

Attacking ELD Conceptually
Presenter: Rachel Sagapolu

This workshop was inspired by a seemingly simple question: what does it mean to really understand something? Using this question, participants will explore strategies for teaching English Language learners conceptually so that students are constructing the knowledge.

February 9, 2019 Weekend Workshop

Common Core: Writing Across the Disciplines

Writing has never been the exclusive domain of English teachers.  Common Core reinforces the importance of consistently embedding writing into content lessons across disciplines.  Writing opportunities provide students space to make sense of ideas and build comfort with the kinds of writing that exist in different disciplines.  Workshops will focus on routines, strategies and tools for understanding content and developing composition skills.

April 13, 2019 Weekend Workshop

Voice, Identity, Access and Equity

Classrooms can provide courageous spaces for exploring collective and individual identities.  Writing often plays a critical role in this exploration and provides a humanizing lens through which students can see each others’ experiences. These workshops will focus on strategies, protocols and content that support students to contribute their stories, share their truths and invite others into conversation through writing.