Students will develop their own stories, theories, & voices in a supportive community context which includes writing exercises, group discussion, walks & snacks, & individualized feedback & suggested readings. Students will consider and respond to pre-existing works of literature as they are moved to do so;  there will be a loose theme for this element of the class, which changes each five week session.

Planned themes include:
• Writing of the 1950s by authors including James Baldwin and Janet Frame and

• Descriptions of Oakland including Gertrude Stein’s evocations of growing up east of Lake Merritt in the late 19th century and Gerald Vizenor’s invocations of supernatural events near the lake's perimeter in the late 20th.