Virginia Miller, who just became the SF/Bay Area Editor for Zagat, will stop by to share her amazing journey from starting her blog, The Perfect Spot…Your San Francisco Revealed (named Best Blog for Travelers by The Guardian), as a hobby during her day job, to freelancing for Spoonwiz, to becoming a full-time food and drink writer and editor, writing three articles a day and attending 5 to 6 major restaurant openings a week!
Lunch will be provided by award-winning director, writer, creative consultant & restauranteur Ellen Sebastian Chang, known for her work with Whoopi Goldberg and Amara Tabor Smith, among others, and for the live cooking/coming-of-age play, “Your Place Is No Longer With Us.” Ms Chang will talk about the writing/food life and provide a lunch designed for us from the restaurant she started with her husband, the acclaimed FuxeBOX, West Oakland’s self-proclaimed “smallest food and drink spot,” which was funded via Kickstarter and serves soul/Seoul food.
The one-day workshop, What We Talk About When We Talk About Food: Food Lit with Faith Adiele (Saturday, 5/31), is now also a Meet-up!
Do your friends always say you should write about your life? Do you have family stories or travel journals you’d like to tackle? Does your writing project need a shot in the arm? My generative exercises are a low-pressure way to keep that New Year’s resolution to make more time for your writing. Only 2 more weeks to register for Your Personal Odyssey: Explore & Tell Your Story, a 6-week workshop at the San Francisco Writers Grotto.
My policy is that if someone asks me to do something (professionally) that I’ve never done, like say, get on stage and tell a story live that lasts exactly 10 minutes, meaning that it’s rehearsed but sounds like it’s not, SAY YES (and figure out how later)!
So after debuting Thursday at La Peña’s TMI Storytelling hosted by comedienne Gina Gold, and releasing my first e-book through Shebooks, and teaching my first private on-line course this fall, I’m on to my newest new ventures:
(1) I’ll be teaching my popular, generative writing course, Your Personal Odyssey: Explore & Tell Your Story (starting January 28), as part of the always-sold-out, Best of the Bay San Francisco Writers’ Grotto line-up.
(2) This summer I’ll be piloting the first weeklong Travel Writing Workshop for People of Color (applications due March 1, 2014; workshop June 22-28 in Berkeley, CA) as part of VONA/Voices’s exciting new expansion!
And by travel writing, I mean any genre of writing concerned with cultural encounters or physical journeys: moving back and forth between language and culture, roots tales, road trips, moving from working to middle class, immigrant narratives, Gap Years, leaving home, dropping out of college, spiritual quests, the road to recovery, to name a few.
It’s getting to be that time of year! What new thing do you resolve to try in 2014?
So applications for VONA: Summer Workshops for Writers of Color have closed as of yesterday, but this week is the informal deadline for Berkeley’s new 6-week Summer Creative Writing Program!
I’ll be teaching with some of my oldest pals: Sam Chang
(who read countless early drafts of Meeting Faith
), my PBS
co-star Andrew Lam
, grad school buddy Shane Book, and Oaklander sister Camille Dungy
And I’m very excited to get to know the talented Justin Torres, whom I saw read from We the Animals at Writers With Drinks just seconds before he became huge. And director T Geronimo Johnson, who was just nominated for a PEN Faulkner!
The (paid) program is open to everyone and has everything: Morning workshops, master classes, readings, panels, portfolio prep, novel sessions – you name it! Check out the brochure
. Applications due ASAP.
Working on a mixed or 1st-generation memoir? Monday is the deadline to apply to work with Faith Adiele and Stacyann Chin this summer at VONA!