The idea is to create a creative, supportive community for young writers. And it seems to work. They're ninth graders, tenth graders, eleventh graders, and twelth graders. Some are home schooled. Most, due to our proximity, are Berkeley High School students. And although they didn't know each other before joining the Workshop, they are, as a group of artists, welcoming and inclusive.
Each week we generate new writing through exercises and prompts. We share work and give thoughtful, critical feedback. We're focused on craft. We frequently have guest writers lead the workshop. This weekly, drop-in Writers' Workshop is the core of what we do. It's a home for all teen writers.
Last summer we hosted our second annual Summer Workshop in partnership with the Berkeley Public Library. More details soon. Our first Summer Workshop culminated in the publication of an online magazine
, written and edited by Workshop participants.
Founded by writer and teaching artist, Erica Lorraine Scheidt, and housed at the YMCA-PG&E Teen Center in downtown Berkeley, all programming at the Writers' Workshop is free. How do we do it?
The Berkeley Writers’ Workshop is operated 100% through in-kind donations. All of our guest authors and poets donate their time. If you’d like to support the Workshop or be involved, please let me know at elscheidt at gmail dot com.
NOTE: We're on a break. It's just a break while I'm pursuing some interesting projects. But it's just a hiatus. Let me know if you want to take on a bunch of work so we can start up again. Meanwhile, keep writing!