Alex Dimitrov and Genine Lentine 5/23, Berkeley more info
Tim Kahl and Joshua McKinney 5/26, Oakland more info
James Arthur, Natalie Diaz, and Tomás Q. Morin 6/9, Oakland more info
California Workshops & Classes
San Francisco Bay Area:
Drop-in Poetry Writing Workshops at the Albany Library, every second Wednesday monthly, 7:00–9:00, led by Alison Seevak. Free, all ages welcome. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue, Albany, (510) 526-3720.
Book Passage one-day, weekend, and longer classes on writing, publishing, and marketing. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, (415) 927-0960. For more information and to register, visit: www.bookpassage.com.
Bookshop West Portal presents Mind-Body Health Writing, a writing workshop for people with chronic illnesses or health conditions. Dr. Abby Caplin guides a process of reflection, writing and optional sharing. To register, contact Dr. Caplin, (415) 255-9981, or abby @ abbycaplinmd.com.
Workshops with Clive Matson include Novel Workshops for writers with novels in progress, every other Monday in both Berkeley and Oakland, limited to four writers meeting five times over ten weeks. "Crazy Child" as in "let that crazy child write," see website for dates, $80. Ten-week workshops for any genre, journal, story, poem, novel, play, or essay, $400 in Oakland. Contact Clive Matson at clive @ matsonpoet.com, or (510) 654-6495. For dates and to register, see www.matsonpoet.com.
Jannie Dresser publisher of Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review and SF Poetry Examiner at www.examiner.com, teaches four poetry workshops fall and winter 2010-2011: September 29-October 27, Berkeley, "Poetry Soul-Diving," 7:15-9:30. October 3-November 21 Berkeley/Albany, "Let a Formal Feeling Come, a Forms & Music Workshop," noon-3:00. October 1-December 17, East Bay, "Complete-Your-Chapbook" group, noon-4:00. For further information, contact: (510) 290-6254, janniedres @ att.net, or visit sites.google.com/site/jdresserpoetryteacher/workshops-retreats.
Kepler's Book Groups meet monthly. First Friday Book Club meets every first Friday of the month, 7:30. Speculative Fiction Book Group meets on Sundays, 4:00. Fiction Book Group meets every fourth Monday monthly, 7:00.Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, (650) 324-4321. Visit: www.keplers.com.
Kim Addonizio, Ordinary Genius, offers poetry workshops in Oakland. Workshops focus on craft and revision in small groups, poetry workshop not for beginners. E-mail some information about yourself as a writer and no more than one or two poems to: kimaddonizio @ comcast.net. For updates, visit: www.kimaddonizio.com.
Lakeshore Writers offers Creative Writing Workshops and one-on-one coaching and editing services with Teresa Burns Gunther, MFA, Amherst Writers and Artists method certified. All skill levels, ages, genres; write in response to prompts and share your writing. Lakeshore Writers Workshop, 525 Bellevue Avenue, on the shores of Lake Merritt, Oakland. Contact: Teresa Burns Gunther, (510) 451-1000x13, or teresa @ lakeshorewriters.net. Visit: www.lakeshorewriters.net.
Marin Poetry Center Poetry Book Group meets every second Wednesday monthly, 7:00. Meeting rotates among living rooms to discuss great poetry books.For information, contact: Roy Mash (415) 472-3504, rmash @ saber.net. Visit www.marinpoetrycenter.org.
Marin Poetry Center sponsors an open, drop-in workshop, fourth Thursday monthly. Bring ten copies of one poem. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Street, at C Street, San Rafael, free, 7:00. For information, contact Calvin Ahlgren, (415) 497-2495, calvinahlgren @ att.net. Information on the web at: www.marinpoetrycenter.com.
Ripe Fruit Writing presents workshops and courses. Art of Languaging: Finding and Expanding Your Voice is a course in perception, imagination, compassion, and commitment. To register, visit www.ripefruitwriting.com/registration.html. All other Ripe Fruit courses require completion of an Art of Languaging course or writing experience. To see a complete listing of courses, visit: www.ripefruitwriting.com. For information, call (415) 337-4369.
San Francisco Center for the Book presents bookbinding, letterpress printing, and printmaking workshops. These courses range from Western and Eastern traditions to contemporary approaches. After you take a class that involves the Center's binding and cutting equipment, you'll be qualified to rent studio time for personal work. For complete descriptions and registration, visit: www.sfcb.org.
The Write Spot presents Writers Forum, a monthly series of workshops that explores many aspects of writing. Led by Marlene Cullen, founder of Writers Forum of Petaluma and Affiliate member of Amherst Writers & Artists. Writers Forum meets every third Thursday of the month, February through November. For information about Writers Forum, e-mail Marlene: mcullen @ comcast.net. Petaluma Community Center, 320 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. More information at: www.thewritespot.us.
UC Berkeley Extension offers writing courses in poetry, fiction, memoir, and journalism. Classes are tailored to different levels of experience, from beginning to advanced. For information, visit www.unex.berkeley.edu/writing.
Point Reyes Books presents a fiction-writing group led by local author Catherine Lucas, to discuss plot, dialogue, scene construction, and narrative style. All levels of writing experience are welcome. Meets bi-weekly in the Inverness/Point Reyes area, a small attendance fee applys. For more information, contact Catherine Lucas directly: celnd2003 @ yahoo.com, or www.catherinelucas.co.uk.
Sacramento Poetry Center Workshop meets every Tuesday from 7:30–9:00. Free, all ages, sit in for one session to observe the process. To participate, bring fifteen copies of a poem. The Hart Senior Center, 916 27th Street at J Street. For information, contact facilitator Danyen Powell, (530) 756-6228 or visit www.sacramentopoetrycenter.org.
Jannie Dresser publisher of Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review and SF Poetry Examiner at www.examiner.com, teaches poetry workshops fall and winter 2010-2011. In January, 2011, she leads a two-night poetry retreat on the Sonoma Coast, January 14-17. For further information, contact: (510) 290-6254, janniedres @ att.net, or visit sites.google.com/site/jdresserpoetryteacher/workshops-retreats.
University of California Davis Extension presents writing courses. To enroll, visit: www.extension.ucdavis.edu/writing. All courses meet at the Sacramento Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K Street, Sacramento.