“The world about us would be desolate except for the world within us”
~ Wallace Stevens

Bring your creative license and explore the possibilities of written expression! In these classes, we discuss different narrative elements and forms as we approach writing with a creative instinct and critical eye. Genre experimentation, improvisational composition, and exemplary prose and poetry guide us on our literary journey. Recent topics include: character building, flash and speculative fiction, memory and forgetting, image-based writing, bodies, and “poetry is/poetry ain’t.” These classes are fun, engaging, and inspiring, and designed to help teens discover new vistas for self and creative expression.

Each session, I introduce new ideas and assignments so that returning students can explore fresh material and new students can feel welcome. I adapt my curriculum to the composition, experience, and general disposition of each class. But the spirit and intention of every session is the same: to provide a safe, encouraging, and dynamic space for reflection, inspiration, and connection.


Mondays, 4-5:10 PM
Session #1: 5 Meetings, 9/10 – 10/8
Session #2: 5 Meetings, 10/15 – 11/12
El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane

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Tuesdays, 3:45-5 PM
Session #1: 5 meetings, 9/11 – 10/9
Session #2: 5 meetings, 10/16 – 11/13
Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue

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Sunday, December 9, 2018
3:30-5:00 PM
Ages 12-18
Albany Public Library
1247 Marin Avenue

How to Write Lyrics that Sing
Reflection and Revelation: the Art and Artifice of Autobiographical Expression
Get Your Poetic License!
Picture Writing: Image-based Writing, Comics, Graphic Novels and Everything In Between
Creative Nonfiction
The Art of Persuasion
The College Essay
“Phiction:” Philosophical Literature, Literary Philosophy
Building Character
Flash Fiction
Strangers in a Foreign Land: Reading and Writing Travel Literature, International Authors, and Other “Unsettling” Works
Intergenerational Conversations: Teens and Adults Together ~ Reading, Writing, and Discussing Fiction

*If you have an interest and do not see it reflected in some of the proposals listed above, by all means get in touch! I am eager to draw from a wealth of past teaching and writing material and to develop new curriculum to suit student needs and ideas.

“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any signs of promise,
you keep writing anyway.”

~ Junot Diaz

© Rachel Rosekind, PhD, MLIS