Writing Our Practice, Writing Our Lives
Saturday, April 17, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, WeNeedDiverseBooks.org
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
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
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