workshops

September Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Workshops

Cultivate Clarity

Saturdays, September 14, 21, 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
NEO Youth Center
139 Joerschke Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Tell Tailors is hosting a series of writing workshops to be held in Grass Valley, Calif. beginning in September 2019. In this first series learn a Revision process that gives your writing more focus, clarity, and grace.

Please RSVP by registering here to let us know we can expect you.

Writers Boot Camp

Monday, September 23–Wednesday, September 25
Incline Village, Nev. 89451

Three-day workshop for intermediate and advanced writers in Incline Village. For more information visit: www.writingforlifeworkshops.com.

Story

Nevada County Stories

Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Madelyn Helling Library
Gene Albaugh Community Room
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

A gathering of teachers, leaders, story facilitators, and community members seeking ways to promote and engage story in meaningful ways among members of our community. Together, we would like to create programs for our community and find ways to record and keep them.

Words

Word Jam

Sunday, September 8, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

10009 W River Street
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Open mic story performances. For more information, call 530-386-3901.

Sierra Writers-Open Read

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 pm
The Open Book
671 Maltman Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95678

Writers are welcome to bring their work for group discussion of craft, vision, and voice. 

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Youth Writer Fellowship

Tell Tailors is pleased to announce a call for entries to apply for their Autumn 2019 Youth Writers Fellowship. Fellows earn a tuition-free 10-week workshop series focused on core writing skills. Three fellowships will be awarded to qualified individuals who submit their entries by 4 September 2019.

Fellowship Competition Rules

  1. The Fellowship Competition is open to individuals ages 13-25.
  2. Applicants must answer the following prompt with a maximum of 250 words. All types and styles of writing are welcome.
  3. All entries must be uploaded using the form below.
  4. You must be able to participate in the 10-week program on Saturdays from 14 September through 16 November 2019. Class sessions are from 10am–noon.
  5. Deadline to submit entries is Wednesday, 4 September 2019.
  6. One entry per applicant only, please.

Fellowship Writing Prompt

You’ve crash landed. Your spacecraft has been obliterated. Only you have survived, unharmed. The first thing you see is this big rock. What is the one choice you make?

image from Stonehenge Signs, Inc. (www.stonehengesigns.com)

Fellowship Entry Form

Your name and email address will be used only for the purposes of this Fellowship Competition, and will not be retained after its conclusion. You will receive one message confirming your entry, and one more announcing the competition results.

2019 Fellowship Application

Workshop Series Details

In this series, collectively called Cultivate Clarity, we’ll provide tools, techniques, and coaching to help writers of all levels:

  • Learn a Revision process that gives your writing more focus, clarity, and grace.
  • Mix biography with empathy to develop Characters that readers won’t let go.
  • Play with tone, style, and rhythm to enhance your control of Narrative Voice.

Revision

In four weekly meetings, we’ll explore how revision can both help you better understand what you’re trying to say and give you confidence that you’re saying it as well as possible. You’ll work on a short scene, essay, or poem, revising it with a different focus each week. You’ll leave with a finished piece, a process for your future revision, and even some pointers on grammar and punctuation.

Character

Learn to create characters that jump off the page like genuine people. This three-week course offers tools, skills, and practice at building characters with full personalities, histories, and depth. You’ll develop character biographies, refine their traits and motivations, and explore relationship dynamics that communicate your main themes and make your story move.

Narrative Voice

In this three-week exploration, we’ll consider point of view options (who’s telling the story) and the elements of voice (how they’re telling it), read diverse examples, and experiment with writing in a variety of tones, styles, rhythms, personalities. Improve your sense of narrative possibility in any writing context and discover your own distinctive voice.

Details

Workshop sessions will be held on ten consecutive Saturdays from 10am–noon, beginning on 14 September 2019 and ending on 16 November 2019. Workshop tuition is $875 for the entire series, or $325 for individual courses.

Cultivate Clarity

Autumn 2019 Workshop Series

Tell Tailors is pleased to announce a series of three writing workshops to be held in Grass Valley, Calif. beginning in September 2019. In this series, we’ll provide tools, techniques, and coaching to help writers of all levels:

  • Learn a Revision process that gives your writing more focus, clarity, and grace.
  • Mix biography with empathy to develop Characters that readers won’t let go.
  • Play with tone, style, and rhythm to enhance your control of Narrative Voice.

Click here for information on the Youth Writer Fellowship (ages 13–25).

Revision

In four weekly meetings, we’ll explore how revision can both help you better understand what you’re trying to say and give you confidence that you’re saying it as well as possible. You’ll work on a short scene, essay, or poem, revising it with a different focus each week. You’ll leave with a finished piece, a process for your future revision, and even some pointers on grammar and punctuation.

Character

Learn to create characters that jump off the page like genuine people. This three-week course offers tools, skills, and practice at building characters with full personalities, histories, and depth. You’ll develop character biographies, refine their traits and motivations, and explore relationship dynamics that communicate your main themes and make your story move.

Narrative Voice

In this three-week exploration, we’ll consider point of view options (who’s telling the story) and the elements of voice (how they’re telling it), read diverse examples, and experiment with writing in a variety of tones, styles, rhythms, personalities. Improve your sense of narrative possibility in any writing context and discover your own distinctive voice.

Details

Workshop sessions will be held on ten consecutive Saturdays from 10am–noon, beginning on 14 September 2019 and ending on 16 November 2019. Workshop tuition is $875 for the entire series, or $325 for individual courses.

Cultivate Clarity signup

Cultivate Clarity signup

Course Selection

August Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Story

Nevada County Stories Roundtable

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Madelyn Helling Library
Gene Albaugh Community Room
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

A gathering of teachers, leaders, story facilitators, and community members seeking ways to promote and engage story in meaningful ways among members of our community. Together, we would like to create programs for our community and find ways to record and keep them.

Please RSVP by registering here to let us know we can expect you.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

July Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Words

Word Jam

Sunday, July 14, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

10009 W River Street
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Open mic story performances. For more information, call 530-386-3901.

Storytelling

Sierra Storytelling Festival

Friday, July 19–Sunday, July 21
North Columbia Schoolhouse Educational Center
17894 Tyler Foote Road
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Award-winning nationally recognized storytellers bring their best to this must-attend event for all storytellers and spoken word performers. Tickets available at sierrastorytellingfestival.org or by calling (530) 265-2826.

Short Stories

Tim O’Connor’s Readers Theater

Sunday, July 28, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Miner’s Foundry
325 Spring Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Story time for grown-ups featuring selected short stories from the 1930s read by local actors. $10

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

June Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Words

Tell Tailors Guild

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Madelyn Helling Library amphitheater
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Narrative games and a gathering of writers and storytellers — outside at the amphitheater at Madelyn Helling library.

Poetry

Word of Mouth

Sunday, June 2, 6:00–9:00 pm
The Stone House
107 Sacramento Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Poetry and spoken word open mic night.

Poetry Benefit Reading

Friday, June 21, 7:00–9:00 pm
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
410 S. Church St.
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Poetry Crashers: “It’s Our Fault”

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm
Truckee Philosophy
10412 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, Calif. 96161

Nevada County Poet Laureate Chris Olander and The Poetry Crashers team up in Truckee for a tangled twist on traditional poetry.

Kate Haight’s Sketchy Ladies!

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm
Wild Eye Pub
535 Mill St.
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Wild Eye Pub’s monthly comedy night serves up sketches, improv, and stand-up. $12–$15.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

May Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:†

Poetry

Word of Mouth

Sunday, May 5, 6:00–9:00 pm
The Stone House
107 Sacramento Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Poetry and spoken word open mic night.

It Started with the Wild Horses

Saturday, May 18, 4:00–5:30 pm
The Open Book
671 Maltman Drive
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945

Join poet Ingrid Keriotis for a reading and book launch of her poetry.

Storywalk

Dreamers

Through Monday, May 6
Harmony Books
130 Main Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Read Yuyi Morales’ picture book Dreamers as you stroll through downtown Nevada City. Begin at Harmony Books and follow the cues to find where to read next.

Workshops

Drop-in Creative Writing

Wednesdays, 3:00–4:00 pm
ej gallery
408 Broad Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Local poet and literary editor Iven Lourie hosts creative writing sessions inspired by art.

Boot Camp for Writers

Sunday, May 5–Tuesday, May 8
Reiki Kitchen Event Center
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Join C. S. Lakin and Catharine Bramkamp for an intensive 3-day scene mastery writing workshop. $360.

Riding the Dragon

May 10–June 28
Fridays, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Inner Path
200 Commercial Street
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Teens and adults are invited to dive into this 8-week poetry writing course designed to get the ink flowing, expand your skills, and deepen your appreciation. $360.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

February Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:

Storytelling

Nevada County Reads & Writes 2019

Friday, February 8, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Nevada County Community Library
Gene Albaugh Community Room, Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

StoryCorps’ Listening Is an Act of Love features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project.
Local memoir writers Mary Street and Judie Rae share their stories.

Saturday February 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nevada County Community Library
Gene Albaugh Community Room, Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Foothills Storytelling Guild launches Nevada County Reads & Writes 2019. Come hear live storytelling performance and ways to make your own stories even better.

February 18 – March 1
Nevada County Community Library
Gene Albaugh Community Room, Madelyn Helling Library
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Application submissions accepted for StoryCorps interviewers and interviewees online or at local library branches.

Poetry

Poets Quartet

Saturday, February 9, 2:00 pm
ej gallery
408 Broad Street (In the New York Hotel mall)
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

The Poets Quartet performs “Poetry and Wild Nature” featuring poems by Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry, Robinson Jeffers, Joanne Kyger, H.D., and others.

Winter Poetry Hour with Molly Fisk

Wednesday, February 13, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Flour Garden Bakery, 999 Sutton Way, Grass Valley
Come talk poetry with Nevada County’s Poet Laureate

Spoken Word

Open Mic Night

Wednesday, February 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Word After Word Bookshop
10118 Donner Pass Rd. #2, Truckee, Calif. 96161

Workshops

Creative Writing

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
ej gallery
408 Broad Street (In the New York Hotel mall)
Nevada City, Calif. 95959

Local poet and literary editor Iven Lourie hosts creative writing sessions inspired by art.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

January Words about Town






Literary goings on in and around Nevada County this month:

Spoken Word

What’s Your Nugget?

Friday, January 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 19, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Thursday, January 24, 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday, January 25, 9:30 – 10:30 pm
246 S. Church Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Five minutes to tell your true story based on a topic you pull out of a hat.

Workshops

The Joy of Writing

Saturday, January 12
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Diane Covington-Carter
530-802-4224

Drop-in workshop with Rachel Howard

Friday, January 11
Noon – 2pm
For details and other classes: Yuba Writers Workshops

Sierra Writers Conference 2019

Saturday, January 26
Sierra College, Grass Valley Campus
250 Sierra College Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Storytelling

The 4th annual Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Saturday, January 26
General Gomez Art Center
808 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA 95603

An all-day event of storytelling stand-up, workshops, liar’s contest, children’s stories, poetry, and performance.

Going to any events? Let us know!
Have more writerly announcements to share? Please do!

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