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Young Writers (4th – 8th grades)

Teen Writers (9th – 12th grades)

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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.

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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.