A Writer’s Life

For some people, writing is a calling, a voice in the soul that demands to sing out. Careful, conscious words have the power to inspire, inform, persuade, entertain, and comfort. Whether you plan to immerse yourself in writing poetry, tease out the novel hiding inside, or simply want to tackle a school essay or a blog post, learning specific tools of the trade can improve your craft, enhance creativity and bring stylistic flourish to your projects.

It takes courage and stamina to tackle poetry. In this photo, Bay students analyze different forms of poetry before putting pen-to-paper to write and revise, revise, revise.

The Writer’s Life immersive course attracts Bay students who love to write and courageously seek to hone their craft. This Immersive gives students the chance to live the day-to-day life of a writer complete with drafts, deadlines and pushing through writer’s block. Along the way, they read a variety of authors and poets, participate in workshops, visit local bookstores, and explore different spaces and places to gain inspiration. By examining a variety of genres and writing in different forms, students practice techniques that help them balance style and content while advancing their skill and art. 

Do you know the difference between a haiku, villanelle, and triolet? 

Guest lecturer Thea Matthews inspired students by sharing her passion for writing and her journey as a scholar, poet, and activist.

Last week in class, students examined and practiced different forms of poetry. A challenging exercise required each writer to craft an entire poem using only a specific set of words. Guest lectures from scholar, poet, and activist Thea Matthews, and visual artist and poet Truong Tran inspired Bay writers to take risks and write with courage, truth, and conviction. Students got out of the classroom for a visit to The Marsh theater where they watched journalistic actor Dan Hoyle perform Border People. This week, students will visit City Lights Bookstore for a reading featuring six contributors to Zyzzyva, the renowned San Francisco literary journal. By connecting with professional writers, seeking outside inspiration and cultivating a daily writing practice, students begin to identify as the artists and writers they dream of being.

To see Bay students present their ready for publication pieces, join us at Winter Exhibition on Friday, January 24 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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