RIP THE PAGE! & LEAP WRITE IN! Workshop Ideas
I visit schools to write with kids and kids-at-heart (aka teachers) using writing experiments that are guaranteed to get you eager to pick up a pen and find out all the ways creative writing can be your friend. In RIP THE PAGE! Workshops, we dive deep into images and resurface with poems, un-stick old stories and hard-to-uncover memories, and surprise ourselves as we rip on down the page to inward-bound adventures.
In Leap Write In! Workshops we experiment with writing off topic, fracturing sentences, playing with broken bits of thought, and finding overheard words and snatches of conversation to complete our poems. A chocolate meditation experiment is also v. popular and inspirational for paying attention to what brings us into the moment.
FYI: Teachers ordering 14 or more copies of RIP THE PAGE! directly from Shambhala receive a 50% discount. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Rip the Page! is fun, sassy, and zany. It’s a great resource for writers of all ages–and for teachers of creative writing–who want to put the zing back in their writing.”
– Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender
California Poets in the Schools
CPITS has been in existence since 1964, helping students throughout California recognize and celebrate their own creativity, intuition, and intellectual curiosity through the creative writing process. CPITS provides students with a multicultural community of trained, published poets who bring their experience and love for their craft into the classroom. There are approximately 150 poet-teachers in the program, and I am happy to count myself among them.
I’ve been with the CPITS program for 20 years. Many of my poems and my students’ poems have been published in the annual CPITS Statewide Anthologies. The anthologies are also great references for lesson plans. Contact CPITS.org to order back copies as well as the 45th anniversary issue which includes an introduction by Gary Soto.