Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm
Writing as an Awareness Practice for Memoirists, Writers, Non-Writers and Pre-WritersSat., Jan. 19 • 10:00-3:00 pm • $85 Drawing on mindfulness practices, we’ll write the wrongs and turn the story on its head, as we move toward forgiveness and increase awareness of how the narrative of our lives can be ever new. Catherine Flaxman is a writer and story consultant. She has sold two screenplays and received two artists’ grants from the Marin Arts Council. She is a licensed psychotherapist with a background in the creative, contemplative and expressive arts.
Start: 11:00 am
Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach. New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes. One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!
Start: 1:00 pm
Join Aaron Ableman and friends as they present a musical storytelling experience in conjunction with his children's book Pacha's Pajamas. Being touted by critics as “the next Dora”, this thought-provoking children’s story follows a city girl on her adventures to change the world. Pacha is the only human invited to a gathering of the plants and animals of Mother Earth and she must figure out how to bring balance to the planet. They build a stadium powered by electric eels to host fun-filled acts including an insect band called The Beetles, a black-eyed pea rapping for a better world and a beaver named “Justin-Time.” At the end of the show, Pacha shares an important message for all of nature and humanity.For the past 13 years, Aaron Ableman has been presenting platforms for ecological education through storytelling, art and music. An author, acclaimed educator, and urban farmer, Ableman uses a unique combination of arts disciplines for ecological & wellness education. Ableman has launched youth arts initiatives, green job trainings and ecological remediation projects across the US, in northern India, throughout Havana, Cuba, and in the indigenous reservations of northern Canada.
Start: 1:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 19 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $50Come discover the exciting art of altering books and journals. Through easy techniques and a rainbow of art supplies, you will take a used book and transform it into your own object d’art or journal. Even if you don’t think you are creative, you will find altering books inspiring, liberating, and deeply satisfying! Virginia Simpson-Magruder of Kentucky Girl Designs is a jewlery, collage and altered artist. Materials included.
Start: 4:00 pm
Barbara Davies Hubbard presents Beyond Bitterroot ($15.95). In clear, often poetic prose, this novel tells the story of a young couple in 1920’s San Francisco, of good intentions gone awry, and the struggles of imperfect souls to reconcile their expectation with their disappointments. Examines one’s duty to principle and family in relation to one’s right to happiness, Hubbard explores that greatest of human emotions, love and the capacity of human beings to love deeply, suffer loss, grieve and recover.Barbara Davies Hubbard grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Art College, and in her forties, was accepted at Berkeley, completing her bachelor’s degree in painting and sculpture. In the intervening years, she minced down fashion runways, became a photographer’s model, taught ballroom dance, owned an antique shop in Sausalito and wrote human interest stories for a local paper. She has published several short stories, and won double first prizes for her poetry at the Jessamyn West Poetry Contest. She currently lives on a houseboat in southern Marin with her husband Ernie.
Start: 7:00 pm
A sometime-stand-up comedian by night, an all-the-time writer and teacher by day, Mark Maynard has taught community college students about narrative arc, helicopter skied after stories for a local newspaper, thrown in his lot with a start-up dotcom biz, and coordinated play-dates for his two boys as a stay-at-home dad. It’s no wonder Maynard chose to write about a city as transformative as Reno, Nevada. Each of the eight stories in his debut novel, Grind ($15.95), introduces characters striving and struggling in “the Biggest Little City.”