BAWP Virtual Writing Retreat

Writing Our Practice, Writing Our Lives

Saturday, April 17, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Register today! (free)

Open to the public - all welcome - spread the word!

2020 brought many challenges and changes to our personal and professional lives. BAWP invites you to make space to tell your stories as teachers and humans living through historical times. This retreat will feature published BAWP authors providing opportunities to write through calls for proposals, inspirational prompts and offering their insights on various publishing venues. Participants will receive immediate feedback on drafts composed at the retreat and dedicated time to return to their manuscripts. We’ll end our day together with an Author’s Chair and invitations for continued engagement with and support for your writing.

Please direct questions to event organizer, Sharon at

Schedule of the Day

9:00 - 9:10 AM: Whole Group: Welcome and Overview of the Day

9:15-10:00 AM: Breakout Groups: Generative Sessions

10:00-10:10 AM: Break

10:10-10:20 AM: Breakout Groups: Facilitator Mini-Presentation

10:20-11:10 AM: Breakout Groups: Giving Feedback 

11:10-11:15 AM: Break

11:15-11:55 AM: Breakout Groups: Dedicated Writing Time

12:00-12:30 PM: Whole Group: Appreciations and Author’s Chair

Vernon (Trey) Keeve III

Facilitating the Poetry Group

Vernon (Trey) Keeve III is a Virginia born writer, living and teaching in Oakland. They hold an MFA from CCA and a MA in Teaching Literature from Bard College. Their full-length collection of poetry, Southern Migrant Mixtape, was published by Nomadic Press and received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award.

Publishers Trey has worked with: Nomadic Press, Oakland Journal, Winning Writers, Poetic License Press

Laura Winnick

Facilitating Professional Writing Group

Laura Winnick is a middle grades librarian attempting to get tweens excited about critical media literacy, zines, and reading. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction, book reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming from Literary Hub, VICE's Broadly, i-D Magazine, Women's Review of Books, and Digging Through the Fat Press.

Publishers Laura has worked with: Literary Hub, Women's Review of Books, NY Times Learning Network, Library Journal,  Publisher's Weekly,

Mary Ann Smith

Facilitating the Professional Writing Group

Mary Ann Smith is a former secondary teacher. She directed the Bay Area and California Writing Projects and served as co-director and director of government relations for the National Writing Project.

Publishers Mary Ann has worked with: Teachers College Press, Phi Delta Kappan, Pippin Press, NWP Quarterly, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), California English, National Staff Development Council

Meredith Pike-Baky

Facilitating the Personal Narrative Group

Meredith Pike-Baky has been a teacher trainer and writer for many years, having worked with students and teachers in the U.S. and overseas. She co-facilitates the Girona Writing Retreat with Greta Vollmer and teaches an annual Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers in the Bay Area. She's been an English Language Fellow in Rwanda and a Specialist in Congo-Brazzaville, China and Burundi. She most recently published her Peace Corps memoir, Tales of Togo: A Woman’s Search for Home in West Africa.

Publishers Meredith has worked with: McGraw-Hill, Cengage, National Geographic, Peace Corps Writers

Eric Gustafson

Facilitating the Journalism Writing Group

Eric Gustafson is the  journalism teacher at Lowell High School in San Francisco. Before entering the teaching profession, Eric worked as an automotive journalist for 15 years. He has published articles in a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Publishers Eric has worked with: Sports Car International, Corvette Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate