“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.


Mondays, 4-5:15 PM
Ages 12-18
Session #1: 5 Meetings, 1/7-2/11 (no class on MLK Day)
Session #2: 5 Meetings, 2/25-3/25
5 classes per session: $124/134 (non-residents)
Meets at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue
Visit Albany Community Center’s website to register

Fridays, 10:30-12 PM
Ages 9-14
Bi-weekly series 1/18-4/26
8 classes total: $200
Meets at a private home in El Cerrito
Contact Rachel at rosekindness@gmail.com directly to register

Pop-Up Creative Writing Workshop for All Ages!
Wednesday, February 27th
3:30-5 pm
Albany Library
1247 Marin Avenue
FREE! No registration required!

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