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"Writing Ghosts, Revealing the Unknown" a creative Writing Workshop
Temescal Arts Center
Oakland, CA
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"Writing Ghosts, Revealing the Unknown" a creative Writing Workshop
Thursday October 11. 8-11:00pm
TAC: Temescal Art Center
511 48th Street, Oakland, California 94609

Because of the success of this workshop in the past, I'm offering it again. you should take it this time - cause its partially subsidized by the City of Oakland Cultural Arts Grant, fees are usually $90 general, $70 students & seniors - not this time!)

Many of us experience the world having to fill in unknowns, absences or silences around our lives. We may have unknowns in our histories, our families, our lineages, or silences around things we have experienced. Do you have story you have been wanting or trying to tell? A memory you want to find a way to write down? Or an absence or silence you want to try to begin to express?

In this workshop, we will use creative writing exercises to pull out narratives located in our memories and our bodies. We will spend time reading a few other writers, discussing and writing our memories, our voices, our stories, and time focusing on our bodies as containers for memory that hold histories. This workshop will pay particular attention to the way race and culture impact how our histories and stories have been historically silenced or hidden from our knowledge. This is a great workshop for adoptees, fostercare alumni, undocumented or documented immigrants, people of color, or anyone who has a history or cultural lineage that has been interrupted by war, violence or poverty.

This workshop is for both experienced writers and those who have NO writing experience. We will work from "where you are" to explore your stories, thoughts and ideas. We will use different genre's for exploring how our memories are unearthed and absences are revealed including: poetry, journaling, memoir and nonfiction. When you leave the workshop, you will have 3-4 pieces of writing to develop. The workshop will also arm you with some tools to take home once you leave, to continue your process.

Workshop Facilitator: Lisa Marie Rollins
Lisa Marie is a poet, playwright and educator. Her previous writing workshops "Adoption, My Voice, My Body" focused on unearthing stories for adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents. She is the author of the long running "A Birth Project" blo and has been teaching & work shopping writing for over 10 years. She was the 2010-2011 Poet in Residence at UC Berkeley's Poetry for the People. Her most recent publications are in "Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out", River, Blood, Corn  A Literary Journal and her short chapbook, "Splice". If you have more questions about the workshop email her directly at



Temescal Arts Center (View)
511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
United States

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Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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