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Writing Teachers Write: Writers from Cancer in Other Words

A monthly literary reading series featuring Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants and other local writers reading from their own work

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2035 Ashby Avenue at Adeline in Berkeley (very close to Ashby BART)
Sunday, February 9, 2014  3:00-4:30 p.m.

Writers from Cancer in Other Words

Since 2005, Autumn Stephens has led Cancer in Other Words, an ongoing series of expressive writing workshops for cancer survivors in the East Bay. She also teaches private writing classes and is a former co-editor of The East Bay Monthly magazine. The author of the Wild Women series of women’s history and humor, she has edited two anthologies of personal essays, Roar Softly and Carry a Great Lipstick and The Secret Lives of Lawfully Wed Wives. Autumn is a trained Amherst Artists and Writers workshop facilitator. She lives in Berkeley with her nuclear family.

Lauren Carley sings early music with the Renaissance quintet Schola Adventus, teaches The Joy of Singing for UC Berkeley and SF State, leads community choruses and maintains a private vocal studio. This September she will lead a Venetian singing retreat punctuated by walks along the calles of mystery writer Donna Leon’s protagonist Detective Brunetti.

Tina Cavallaro, an Oakland resident for the last six years, is originally from the L.A. area. Her writing has appeared in the Clothesline Project through the L.A. Women’s Council and in a calendar for cancer patients.

Carol Dorf’s poems appear in Antiphon, Qarrtsiluni, Spillway, OVS, Canary, Sin Fronteras, In Posse Review, Poemeleon, Fringe, Moira, Unlikely Stories, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Scientific American, Maintenant, The Prose Poem Project, and The Mom Egg. They have been anthologized in Not A Muse, Best of Indie New England, Boomer Girls, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing.

Lior Jacober has been writing under Autumn’s tutelage for seven years. She especially enjoys the camaraderie and cross-pollination of writing in group. When not writing, she can be found teaching second graders how to write (and do math,) hiking around the Bay Area, and baking pies.

Patricia Reynolds Sorbye is a certified Hypnotherapist, in private practice in Oakland, California. Diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago, she is now cancer-free, and has happily found support and creative outlet at Cancer In Other Words.

Dorrie Slutsker lives in Oakland, California with her sister, two dogs and two cats. She came to writing through Cancer in Other Words to cope with her cancer experiences. She is working on her memoirs.

Inbal Kashtan is trying live her dreams for as long as she can, including writing plays, long and short, a few of which have been seen lately on both coasts. B.C. (before cancer), she co-founded a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world that works for all, a passion that now infuses her writing. Her family is an ongoing dream come true.

Nancy McKay received a terminal diagnosis twenty years ago. She gives spiritual direction, writes haikus in Hawaii, and delights in her grandchildren.

The Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) is a collaborative program between the University of California at Berkeley and Bay Area schools, dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines. One of the founding principles of BAWP suggests that the best teachers of writing also write themselves. This monthly reading is a lively and unique place to hear the powerful voices of teachers and other writers in our rich and varied Bay Area communities.

Light refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us.
Please contact Judy Bebelaar at judy@judybebelaar.com or 510-845-5430 with any questions.

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Digital Learning Day! February 5th

Digital Learning Day
First of all, thanks so much to those of you who are nudging your Teacher Consultants and teachers you’re working with to participate in Digital Learning Day and Beyond activities…..and to add classroom and school activities to the national DLD map. You can see the map and the CWP impact already in evidence here ( by far the majority of events/activities entered there are CWP-connected): http://www.digitallearningday.org/events/state-and-local-celebrations/.
Please reach out to TC s you know have classroom or school info to post, and if you have site activities planned with a digital learning focus—continuity, youth programs, inservice sessions, conferences—please do the same and enter them here: http://www.digitallearningday.org/events/create-an-event/

BAWP TC’s published in California English (Feb 2014)

Two BAWP TC’s are featured in the most recent edition of California English.  Carrie Holmberg (1999)  has an article entitled “iPads as Talking Sticks in the Teacher Preparation Context.”  Carrie is currently a supervisor of pre-service teachers at San Jose State University. And Betina Hsieh, one of our former Co-Directors, wrote “From Skepticism and Utilization to Contribution and Growth: Shifting Perspectives on Technology among English Credential Candidates” for the same issue.