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Friday, April 11th

East Bay Write Easy

Writing Group for Teachers (Open to the Public)

Mudraker’s Cafe 4:00-6:00 p.m.2801 Telegraph Ave at Stuart in Berkeley, CA

Join us to write, share, chat, eat, drink and warm ourselves with words and with other teachers and writers. We’ll offer prompts, but you are always free to write what you want and need to write. We use the Amherst Writers and Artists response guidelines to give feedback to our fresh, unedited work.

Bring your pen, your computer, a prompt to share and get your writing on!

Saturday, April 12th

Presenters’ Collective Network (PCN)

Teachers empower themselves and inspire others as they engage in meaningful exchanges around refining and responding to professional presentations. (Teaching Fellows Only )

TC’s interested in attending, please RSVP to Michelle Baptiste- michellebaptiste@berkeley.edu

UC Berkeley 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 13th

Writing Teachers Write

A monthly literary reading series featuring Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants and other local writers reading from their own work. (Open to the Public)

Expressions Gallery  3:00-4:30 p.m.

2035 Ashby Avenue @ Adeline in Berkeley (very close to Ashby BART)

A celebration of the publication of The Widows’ Handbook Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival

Edited by Jacqueline Lapidus and Lise Menn

from the Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

Death of one’s life partner is a loss like no other. Many who have suffered the loss have no words to convey their grief, their doubts about their ability to carry on alone, and their hopes for a future strengthened by the love that caused them to appreciate their own worth. Mainly through poetry, the compilers of this anthology have provided the words widows feel but often cannot speak. Fittingly, the Handbook is both empathetic and encouraging. The poems speak first of the long days and nights consumed by mourning, then of the need to tackle the necessities of living without the support that once sustained them, and ultimately of the capacity still to seek the joys of being alive.

Welcome and Introduction: Special Guest, Susie Bright
Readers include:
Lise Menn, co-editor of The Widows’ Handbook
Judy Bebelaar, Valerie Kockelman, Kristine Shorey, Marianne Betterly, Jackie Kudler, Aline Soules, Mary Curtis, Patricia Moorehead, Elizabeth von Transehe, Sandra Gilbert and Diana O’Hehir

Saturday, April 19th

What the Tech is Going On?

Join us for What the Tech is Going On?, the fourth event in a unique technology series for K-12 teachers, hosted by the Bay Area Writing Project in partnership with UC Berkeley. (Open to the Public- bringing your own laptop encouraged- web access will be provided)

All sessions will focus on deepening writing instruction through the use of technology in order to meet Common Core Writing Standards.

What the Tech is Going On? LogoFee: $20.00 for teachers

UC Berkeley Tolman Hall (Room 2319 & 2326)

9:00-9:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastries

9:30-11:00 a.m. Breakout sessions

Space is limited. Sign up now at

Session A: Google Docs

Google Docs is here to stay! What is google doc? Why should I or my students use google doc? What are the benefits? These questions and many more will be answered in this introductory workshop on google docs. In this workshop you will have the chance to explore and learn about the components that make up google docs, by using it. You will be writing, peer editing, sharing your work and more.

Marna BlanchardMarna Blanchard teaches 8th grade Humanities and a media class at Francisco Middle School in San Francisco. In addition, she also teaches at the Young Writers Camp for digital storytelling here in the Bay Area, as well as similar workshops in Seoul, Korea and recently in Singapore. Marna is a frequent contributor to the Digital Paper, an online publication featuring the work of teacher writers.

Session B: Rap Genius

This hands-on workshop will introduce teachers to the online collaborative text annotation platform, Rap Genius. Initially developed for fans of hip hop music to annotate lyrics and debate meanings of their favorite songs, Rap Genius has moved into classrooms over the past several years, rapidly becoming a tool for teachers to engage students with different texts and “flip” classrooms. With the ability to annotate with text, images, and video, Rap Genius helps encourage the ‘close reading’ of texts we want to students to practice. In addition to learning how to navigate Rap Genius’ multimodal platform, teachers will also have the opportunity to join a growing network of innovative educators around the world.

Rex GandingExequiel “Rex” Ganding is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program in UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. He is interested in issues at the intersection of Composition and Literacy studies, specifically examining the challenges and potential that digital culture poses to writing pedagogy. For the past five years, Rex has also served as a College Composition instructor at various institutions in the Bay Area, teaching courses from below-transfer level to second-year composition.

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