Once again this summer, fellows of the Redwood Writing Project are offering a unique experience for writers in all genres and with any objective. Set in the natural splendor of California’s Lost Coast, our six-day retreat provides writers an opportunity to work and learn in a community of writers. Our site, Camp Mattole, an old Presbyterian church camp, sits at the end of a private road in a forest of redwoods and hardwoods and features more than half a mile of private river frontage on the scenic Mattole River. We will house you in rustic cabins with electricity and indoor plumbing, or you may bring tents or travel trailers for lodging under the trees and stars.
Our slate of well-known published writers will present workshops and share their work in Camp Mattole’s large central lodge. At different sites on the lovely grounds, staff will offer informal afternoon workshops on a variety of helpful topics. For dinners, we will prepare a host of fine meals in a communal environment with all workshop attendees participating. We are proud to say that you will be housed rustically and fed royally.
We set aside ample time for private reflection and, of course, writing and responding. We promise a week both exhilarating and restful.
My class on thursday will be thus:
What a Scene: Writing the Building Blocks of Story
Without scenes, there is no story. In this presentation, we will work with the building block of what makes a story a story—a scene. We will talk about how to create this simple but fundamental element and then write one and share with the group.
Jessica Barksdale Inclán's debut, Her Daughter's Eyes, was the premier novel published under New American Library's new imprint, Accent. Her Daughter's Eyes was a final nominee for the YALSA Award for the best books of 2001 and best paperbacks for 2001, and it has been published in both Dutch and Spanish. Subsequent novels have included The Matter of Grace, When You Go Away, One Small Thing (also translated into in Dutch and Spanish), Walking with Her Daughter, The Instant when Everything Is Perfect, and two fictional trilogies. She is a recipient of the CAC Artist’s Fellowship in Literature. Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women’s literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and online and on-land creative writing courses for UCLA extension. She has studied with Sharon Olds, Anne Lamott, Kate Braverman, Grace Paley, Marjorie Sandor, and Cristina Garcia. Her short stories and poems have appeared in many journals and newspapers. Her short story, "Open Eyes," was given first prize by Sandra Cisneros for El Andar magazine's 2000 writing contest. She co-edited a women’s literature/studies textbook, Diverse Voices of Women. Ms. Inclán has degrees in sociology and English literature from CSU Stanislaus and a Master’s degree in English literature from SFSU. Ms. Inclán lives in Oakland, California, and is currently at work on a contemporary novel, a book of essays, and another romance.
Causes Jessica Inclán Supports
Women for Women International Goodwill Industries Lindsey Wildlife Museum Freecycle.org