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Young Writers (4th – 8th grades)

Teen Writers (9th – 12th grades)

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During our 10 weeks together, you’ll work toward personal writing goals and learn more about the craft of writing with the support of expert teachers. Each session you’ll write, get feedback, & share among peers who love writing as much as you do. Invite family, friends, & fans to our final session, a public reading to celebrate your writing.

  • Dates: Wednesdays, January 16, 2019 – March 20, 2019 (10 sessions!)
  • Location: 2121 Berkeley Way West (new GSE building) Room TBD
  • Times: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Grades: 4th through 8th
  • Cost: $300 (paper form, check and cash only) $325 (online, credit card only)

Register Online! Click HERE

Register through the mail: Winter 2019: 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.



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Do you have stories to tell? Characters in your head? A notebook full of scenes? Do you want incentive to finish that short story? Join other creative writers in reading short stories and creative nonfiction that break the rules, and discover how to write your own story. In this course you’ll have the opportunity to hack the techniques published writers use to tell their stories, like building unforgettable characters, unexpected scenes, and beautiful detail, and practice using these techniques yourself. We’ll spend time reading, writing, and workshopping together. We’ll work together toward a finished short piece and a class anthology. Join us!

  • Dates: Tuesdays, February 5, 2019 – April 30, 2019 (13 sessions!)
  • Location: 2121 Berkeley Way West (new GSE building) Room TBD
  • Times: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Grades: 9th through 12th
  • Cost: $300 (paper form, check and cash only) $325 (online, credit card only)

Register Online! Click HERE

Register through the mail: Teen Creative Writing Registration (pdf)

Teacher bio:

Screen Shot 2018-12-21 at 1.36.08 PM.pngJill Kolongowski is a nonfiction writer and professor living in Northern California. She is the author of a collection of essays called Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me (Ulysses Press, 2017). She received her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California, and is also the managing editor at YesYes Books. Jill has received fellowships to attend the Artist Artsmith Residency, Lit Camp, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her essays have won Sundog Lit’s First Annual Contest series and the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction at Lunch Ticket magazine. She is a Hufflepuff who grew up in Michigan.