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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.

Beyond the Mundane: Teacher PD to lift you up!

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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.

$20.00 registrationFebruary 24, 2018 Registration


April 28, 2018 Weekend Workshop line-up: 

Beyond the Mundane

21st century classrooms are spaces that encourage creation and innovation. Workshops will focus on taking writing beyond the traditional writer’s workshop time and essay assignment. Teachers will experience a variety of ways to support students to compose both individually, collaboratively, digitally, traditionally, and artistically.

April 28th WWorkshop 2018 (pdf flyer)

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

Location: UC Berkeley, Tolman Hall Education Library (2nd Floor)
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops

Free street parking on Arch, LeConte and Spruce
Campus (Fee) parking options (Recommended: Lower Hearst parking structure)



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

April 28, 2018

Session 1:

Genre Writing in the Primary Grades
Presenter: Carrie Johnston
Do you want your students to enjoy writing?  Are you hoping to increase their fluency writing in different subject areas?  Do you struggle with how to increase the conventional accuracy of their texts without stifling their voice? Carrie Johnston will share ideas about teaching different genres and across different subjects.  Her workshop will also touch on using partner talk to help student writers construct ideas and narratives.

The Civil Rights Movement and The Problem We Live With
Presenter: Carla Williams-Namboodiri
This workshop focuses on school desegregation from a range of perspectives, and examines changes and continuities reflecting how racism and segregation have an impact on our schools.  We will share the experience of the Little Rock Nine and probe how laws today enforce racial disparities in education. This workshop will use interactive exercises to give participants a teaching toolkit on the effects of racism and segregation.

Session 2:

Poetic License: Modelling Content-Based Creative Writing
Presenter: Katie Libby
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore a variety of creative poetry writing lessons that not only harness students’ creativity and unique perspectives, but also deepen their grasp of academic vocabulary and content knowledge. Utilizing mentor texts, workshop participants will explore lessons from English and History courses, engage in creative writing practice and examine student written poems. Scaffolded lessons with mentor texts from Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Walter Dean Myers, Immortal Technique and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales will be provided

Respect the Architects: Building Writer’s Voice through Explication and Excavation
Presenter: Mark Ali
Where do Cardi B, Peter Elbow, Michael Harriot, Biz Markie, David Walker, Paul Beatty, Ralph Ellison, and Viet Thanh Nguyen convene? They all intersect at The Architects Project. Experience how students explore diverse influences as they develop voice as writers by exercising critical thinking, and employing careful thought. This interactive workshop integrates mixed media, discussion, writing, and witnessing students as practitioners.