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)
Writers from: Cancer in Other Words
Since 2005, Autumn 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 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.
Carol’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.
Tina, 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.
Lior 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
Patricia 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.
Inbal 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 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 email@example.com or 510-845-5430 with any questions.
Friday, February 14th
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, February 15th
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- firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Berkeley 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kristen Lono will present on her project in which third graders study animal adaptation and the roles of living things in science, focusing on the Arctic and impacts of climate change on polar habitat.
Students investigated both climate change and animal adaptations for the cold. Using informational text and images, students wrote about what makes animals able to survive in the Arctic, and examined theories about climate change. The specific piece of writing we’ll be looking at it editorial — red foxes are moving in on Arctic fox territories as warmer temperatures draw them north. Is this important and what can, or should be done about it? I will have copies of articles students read, a slideshow they saw, some professional resources I used, connections to Common Core standards, and student writing samples.
Saturday, February 22nd
What the Tech is Going On?
Join us for What the Tech is Going On?, the third 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)
All sessions will focus on deepening writing instruction through the use of technology in order to meet Common Core Writing Standards.
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: Geeking Out with Wikis
Invite students to engage in relevant current debates by geeking out on a three dimensional collaborative project. Using a wiki, students share and broaden their concept of “precious knowledge” by exploring a current controversial issue, posting analytical and argumentative written responses, and designing unique artistic creations. The wiki platform allows students to go in multiple directions as well as to include video, art, and other media into their project. The presenter will provide an overview of the collaborative assignment and share sample student posts. Participants will try out the basic functions of Wikispaces, learn effective strategies to design their own wiki, and share troubleshooting tips. The workshop is appropriate for upper elementary to college.
Kristin Land loves to teach reading, writing and critical thinking at Chabot Community College in Hayward. Her work is heavily influenced by The Puente Project, a program in which she has taught for the past 13 years at the secondary and college level. She is a strong advocate for Teacher Inquiry/Research which she first discovered while earning her Masters Degree in Education through the MUSE program at UC Berkeley. She is the current co-director of BAWP’s Invitational Summer Institute.
Session B: Vivid Word Choice: Leave the Thesaurus Back in the Triassic Period
What free online resources can support students in selecting the “right word” or revising word choice so that it is precise as well as academic? We’ll investigate tools, including concordances, select online dictionaries, and a vocabulary profiler that draws from the Academic Word List, to boost word choice accuracy, variety, and sophistication without compromising voice or clarity. We’ll discuss effective ways to teach complex lexical skills to our students and convince them to leave behind the thesaurus method of revising!
Michelle Baptiste has a B.A. in English with an Education concentration from Carleton College and a Masters degree in English as a Second Language from University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has taught writing to multilingual students at the University of Hawai’i, as well as to Navajo (Dine) teachers on the Navajo Nation through Northern Arizona University. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and loves to interact with people from diverse cultures. Since 2002 she has taught full time in the College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley as a multilingual student writer specialist.