• —TheBerkeley Writers' Workshop at BAMPFA—


    Summer 2016 at BAMPFA

    June 29 - July 1, 2016

    The Berkeley Writers’ Workshop held a three day creative writing workshop for teens at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).


    The Berkeley Writers’ Workshop provides a creative, supportive community for young writers. We generate new writing through exercises and prompts, and focus on the craft of writing by sharing work and thoughtful feedback.


    The Berkeley Writers' Workshop is free and available to all teens.


    If you write, this is the place for you.


    Most of our writers are in or entering high school. They write fiction or poetry. Songs or comic books. Screenplays or fan fiction. Some perform spoken word. Some illustrate. Some do it all. Some haven't written in a long time. Some write on their phones. Some write poems, but always forget to bring them to workshop. No matter. If you're a teenager and you write, this is the place for you.


    Some of us, actually most of us, are really good at starting things, but not as good at finishing things. Some of us are very focused. Some of us are not. Some of us spend all of our time procrastinating.


    But each workshop we show up and we write.






    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. Many, 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. 


    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. All Berkeley Writers' Workshop events are free and open to all. 







    Erica Lorraine Scheidt


    Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s novel, Uses for Boys (St. Martin’s Press) was a 2014 PEN Center Literary Award finalist, a 2014 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and named a Best First Book for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist. She was a 2012 Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2014 recipient of the Creative Work Fund award, and a board member at Chapter 510 & The Department of Make Believe.

    Iris Jacob Bloomfield


    Iris is a 2013 Berkeley High School graduate, YMCA-CBA Teen Task Force leader, 826 Valencia Intern, and one of the co-creators of the Berkeley Writers' Workshop. Iris is currently a student at University of California, Davis, and plans to major in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing.

    Writers and Artists

    Supporting Teen Writers Since 2012

    Visiting writers and artists, include Elana K. Arnold, Laurel Braitman, Mo Foster, Patricia Killelea, Stephanie Kuehn, Wendy MacNaughton, Samin Nosrat, Caroline Paul, Sarah C. Rich, Matt Runkle, Mariko Tamaki, Stephanie Yun. 

    Our Community

    Supports Free Arts Programming

    A whole bunch of people and businesses support the Writers' Workshop, including Beauty's Bagel Shop, Berkeley High School, Berkeley Public Library, Lane Splitters Pizza, Laurel Book Store, Mrs. Dalloway's, The Pacific Center, Rotten City Pizza and Teen Center at the YMCA. Thank you.


    Internationally recognized for its art and film programming, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is a platform for cultural experiences that transform individuals, engage communities, and advance the local, national, and global discourse on art and film. Founded in 1963, BAMPFAis UC Berkeley’s primary visual arts venue with its screenings of some 450 films and presentations of up to twenty exhibitions annually. BAMPFA’s mission is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.


    Opening Image Credit: The new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + BAMPFA, EHDD, and BAMPFA.


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