“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 loss, image-based writing, “choose your own adventure stories,” and “poetry is/poetry ain’t.” These classes are fun, engaging, and inspiring, and designed to help participants discover new vistas for self and creative expression.

I adapt my curriculum to the composition, experience, and general disposition of each class and offer classes for children, teens, and adults. The animating spirit and intention driving  these efforts remains the same regardless of age group: to provide a safe, encouraging, and dynamic space for reflection, inspiration, and connection. Please keep reading for specific course and event descriptions and logistical information!

I am an approved vendor with the following schools:
– Vista Oaks
– Valley View
– Visions
– Summit

 

CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
FALL 2019 SCHEDULE

CLASS DESCRIPTION
These classes offer a space for students to harness the powers of written expression and build creative confidence and momentum. As the instructor, I use their interests, capabilities, and experiences to guide my approach in group classes, as I do in individualized instructional settings. In this session, we will divide our time between fiction and nonfiction. We will discuss the difference between the two types of writing in terms of content and style and work to build critical insights alongside creative flexibility. Students will be encouraged to select topics and themes of interest, in conjunction with instructor-led prompts.
MEETING TIME & SESSION DATES
Alternating Fridays: 10:30 am – 12:15 pm
#1: 9/13
#2: 9/27
#3: 10/11
#4: 10/25
#5: 11/8
#6: 11/22
#7: 12/6
LOCATION
El Cerrito
FEE
The fee for the entire series will be $200/student.
AGE RANGE
10-16. Eager 9-year-olds welcome with instructor approval!
PLEASE NOTE:
1. This class will be held every other Friday morning, from 10:30 am-12:15 pm. If the Friday meeting does not work for your family, please let me know some alternate times that do. Given sufficient interest, I will open a second section that can hopefully accommodate all who wish to attend.
2. Please feel free to spread the word about my classes to community members to whom they might be of interest or relevance. I am not on social media and have a limited “marketing network,” so I really rely on word-of-mouth to promote the class and my individual coaching. Thank you – I appreciate the assistance and endorsement!
3. I am an approved vendor with the following schools:
– Vista Oaks
– Valley View
– Visions
– Summit
Every school is different and has a distinct process for voucher submission and payment. Please speak with your teacher about how to use your funds for this class session or for private instruction should you wish to do so.

“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