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Our next Foundry reading series is September 9th!

Featuring Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, Emma Smith-Stevens, Nicholas Bredie, and Skyler McCurine!

The Foundry is our literary reading series, featuring writers near and far, both established and emerging, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, anything. Our next reading is Saturday, September 9th at The Rose in South Park. Join us for readings by Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, Emma Smith-Stevens, Nicholas Bredie, and Skyler McCurine.

Jac Jemc will also teach an accompanying Master Class earlier that day, “Fooling Yourself Into Writing.” Details here.

THE FOUNDRY: A READING SERIES
SATURDAY, SEPT 9th
THE ROSE
Doors: 7:00 PM
Readings: 7:30 PM
$5 suggested donation

The Rose (21+) serves beer, wine, and food. Come for dinner! https://www.therosewinebar.com/menus

Here’s a little bit about our readers:

AMELIA GRAY is the author of five books, most recently Isadora (FSG). Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the NYPL Young Lion, of FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She writes for television and lives in Los Angeles.

JAC JEMC is the author of THE GRIP OF IT forthcoming from FSG Originals, MY ONLY WIFE and A DIFFERENT BED EVERY TIME. She has been the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grants, and was named as one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex and one of New City’s Lit 50 in Chicago. She teaches English and Creative Writing and currently serves as a web nonfiction editor for Hobart.

EMMA SMITH-STEVENS is the author of a novel, THE AUSTRALIAN (Dzanc Books), and a short story collection, GREYHOUNDS (Dzanc Books), forthcoming in early 2018. She currently serves as fiction editor of The Mondegreen and lives in New York.

SKYLER McCURINE is a personal stylist, public speaker, VAMP producer, writer, and founder of Le Red Balloon. She has performed with TEDx, and received an SD Business Journal “Emerging Generation Award” and a recent invitation to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit as Swiss Luxury watch brand’ Baume & Mercier’s guest of distinction. She was a finalist for the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the social entrepreneurship category. She is a native San Diegan.

NICHOLAS BREDIE is the author of the novel NOT CONSTANTINOPLE, forthcoming from Dzanc Books, Spring 2017. With Joanna Howard, he is the co-translator of Frédéric Boyer’s novella COWS, published by Noemi Press, Summer 2014. His writing has appeared in The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, The Fairy Tale Review, Opium, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. He is a doctoral fellow in the Creative Writing and Literature Program at USC.


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“Fooling Ourselves (Into Writing)”: A So Say We All Master Class with Jac Jemc!

Announcing a new Foundry reading series Master Class! On September 9th, Jac Jemc will teach “Fooling Ourselves (Into Writing),” a two hour workshop and master class.

Feeling stumped or stagnant? Have an idea, but don’t know where to start? Not a “writing from ideas” kind of writer? In this workshop we’ll explore ways of tricking ourselves into writing. We’ll create language banks, dig up gluts of memory, and then hunt for the narrative hiding in these resources. We’ll also look at writers who have developed unique methods of generating work and mimic these efforts at spinning raw material into stories.
Saturday, September 9th
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Mission Hills United Methodist Church
4044 Lark St, San Diego, CA 92103
tuition:
$35 general
$30 members
scholarships available
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Two Scholarship Types Available
Scholarship application deadline: August 27th
(Scholarship notification: September 1st)
Jac Jemc is author of the brand new novel The Grip of It (FSG 2017), and will be reading with us that evening at 7 PM at The Foundry (at The Rose Wine Bar in South Park), alongside Amelia Gray, Skyler McCurine, Emma Smith-Stevens, and Nicholas Bredie. Jac lives in Chicago, and is also author of My Only Wife and A Different Bed Every Time. She has been the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grants, and was named as one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex and one of New City’s Lit 50 in Chicago. She teaches English and Creative Writing and currently serves as a web nonfiction editor for Hobart.

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Fractured Flashes: Matt Young teaches a master class with SSWA!

The Foundry #5 is coming up on June 10th, and with it, Incoming  contributor Matt Young is coming to town to teach a special master class with So Say We All that same day.

Fractured Flashes: Writing the Very Short Narrative Essay
A So Say We All Master Class with Matt Young

 

An in-depth look at the fractured parts that make us, and how to mine those moments of our lives in order to craft effective and engaging narrative flash creative nonfiction with the intent to publish. Students will read and discuss professional essays, explore memory recovery, discover ways to integrate research and personal experience, begin crafting a narrative, learn to give and receive effective feedback, leave with a draft-in-progress, and create a community of peer writers.

About your instructor:

Matt Young is a Marine Corps infantry veteran, teacher, editor, and writer. His work can be found in Incoming: Veteran Writers On Coming Home, CONSEQUENCE magazine, Split Lip, Word Riot, Tin House, River Teeth, and many others. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Centralia College in Washington State. He is the author of Eat the Apple (Bloomsbury 2018), a multi-genre flash nonfiction war memoir about his three combat deployments to Iraq between 2005 and 2009. Find out more at www.mattyoungauthor.com or follow him on Twitter @young_em_see

Fractured Flashes: Writing The Very Short Narrative Essay
A So Say We All Master Class with Matt Young
Saturday, June 10th
10-2 pm

LOCATION: WORDS ALIVE
5111 Santa Fe St., Ste 219 (UPSTAIRS)
San Diego, CA 92109

$45 public
$35 member
Full Veteran Writers Division Scholarships available!

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Members: Enter code MCMEMBER at checkout to get your discount (and be honest like your mama taught you). To become a member for as little as $5 per month, visit www.sosayweallonline.com/membership

To apply for Veteran Writers Division Scholarships for this fantastic class, fill out this application. The scholarship deadline is May 20th, and we will notify you by May 25th.


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Southeast Stories: FREE Writing Workshop in Skyline Hills

So Say We All is collaborating with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s Placemakers program to tell the story of Southeast San Diego through the written and spoken perspectives of the people who live and work there! Whether poetry, essays, or non-fiction prose, we want stories that take place in the neighborhood or strive to define an aspect of it, however you choose to interpret that.

 

Together with the Skyline Hills Public Library, we are hosting a FREE generative writing workshop to help those of us who live, work, or otherwise exist in the area of Southeast San Diego to write their stories. This workshop is open to everyone: all ages, all levels. No prior writing experience necessary. You do not need to have started a story to attend. There will be in-class writing time, so bring something to write on/with.

Southeast Stories Writing Workshop
Wednesday, May 17th
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Skyline Hills Public Library
7900 Paradise Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 527-3485

FREE
RSVP
(not required) –
https://www.facebook.com/events/798290263657673/

Led by So Say We All teaching artist, Jim Ruland:

Jim Ruland is the co-author of My Damage with Keith Morris, and Giving the Finger with Scott Campbell Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. He is also the author of the award-winning novel Forest of Fortune and the short story collection Big Lonesome. Jim’s work has appeared in many publications, including The Believer, Black Warrior Review, Esquire, GrantaHobart, Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s, Mississippi Review, and Oxford American, and has received awards from Reader’s Digest and the National Endowment for the Arts. He runs the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its thirteenth year.

Image credit: Southeast SD Map by Isauro Amigable Inocencio Jr.

The deadline for our Southeast Stories project is June 2nd. We hope this workshop provides the communities with the inspiration and tools to tell their own story, in their own words.

For more information, please contact us.


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Wendy C. Ortiz teaches a master class with So Say We All

The Foundry #4 is coming up on March 18th, and with it, Wendy C. Ortiz will be joining us to read. She will also teach a very special master class with us that day.

Master class: Public Notebook to Book
Wendy C. Ortiz
Saturday March 18th 1-4 pm
Words Alive
5111 Santa Fe St # 219 (upstairs),
San Diego, CA 92109

There are infinite ways and means of writing a book, and social media platforms such as tumblr, Twitter, and Snapchat offer some particular and innovative ways of moving from the “public notebook” to book. Hollywood Notebook, a prose poem-ish memoir, and Bruja, a dreamoir, both began as public notebooks and eventually found their way to becoming print books. We will discuss different social media platforms and how using them in specific ways can contribute to multiple narrative threads we might use in the creation of a book. Discussion topics will include journaling, persona, audience, and the art of omission. By workshop end, participants will have experimented with creating a “public notebook.”

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. Her work has been profiled or featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Hazlitt, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Nervous Breakdown, StoryQuarterly, and a year-long series appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Wendy lives in Los Angeles.


Limited to 7 workshop participants. Scholarships available.

$55 non-members
$45 sustaining members

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Members: Enter code WENDYMEMBER at checkout to get your discount (and be honest like your mama taught you). To become a member for as little as $5 per month, visit www.sosayweallonline.com/membership

To apply for a scholarship for this fantastic class, fill out this application. The scholarship deadline is February 25th, and we will notify you by March 1st.


Stay tuned for more details about The Foundry #4 at 7 PM on March 18th, the night of the workshop, featuring readings by Wendy, Jami Attenberg, Karolina Waclawiak, and more.

 

High Tech High Chula Vista Storytelling Exhibitions!

Our project with High Tech High Chula Vista, now in its second year, is culminating in the next few weeks with a series of evenings of storytelling. The students have worked all semester on writing, storytelling, biology, art, and discovering their power within, and wil present short, powerful, beautiful personal narratives at our collaborative exhibition.

So Say We All is proud to have worked with these students, this project, and the school. We can’t wait to see the performances.

Please join us at The Industry in Chula Vista:

Friday, December 2nd, 6:30 PM
Tuesday, December 6th, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 7th, 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 8th, 6:30 PM
Monday, December 12th, 6:30 PM

The Industry is located at 871 Harold Place, Chula Vista, CA 91914

Each evening will feature a small group of student performances and the exhibition of their accompanying art.

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So Say We All is in the midst of our winter fundraising campaign. If you like the work we do in our education programs, performance, or publishing projects, please consider donating here, or becoming a sustaining member.

 

Power/Full: Meet our performers!

Power/Full: A VAMP Showcase kicks off tonight at 7 PM at The Industry, 871 Harold Place Bldg. 1, Chula Vista, CA 91914.

We’ve met the adult storytellers already: Lizz Huerta, Francisco Martinezcuello, Josh Cole, and Skyler McCurine. Now it’s time to get to know the three high school seniors, selected from our collaboration with High Tech High Chula Vista last year.

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artwork from left: Kyleen Ojeda, Trenece Fearon, Julio Lopez

In the project, the students examined their power from both a biological and literary perspective. They wrote personal narratives on the theme of power, and created stunning artwork about the scientific roots of power.

Meet our high school students featured in tonight’s show!

Trenece Fearon
Trenece is a 17 year old social justice activist who has recently discovered her voice in her community. She is an advocate for the Black Lives Matter Movement, Feminism, and LGBTQ rights. She has a puppy named Nala whom she loves more than anything. Her favorite activities include (but are not limited to), rollerskating, cleaning her glasses (it’s just really satisfying), watching bad horror movies, and eating sugar cookies (not the regular ones, the ones with frosting on them and little sprinkles, yeah those are the best). She is currently on season three of Game of thrones and never wears matching socks.

From her inspiring story, “Boy Cousins”:

The problem with my “tomboy phase” isn’t that I did it to be accepted, it’s that I started associating “Girly things” and “Girly behavior” with weakness.

Kyleen Ojeda
Kyleen became the person her parents wanted her to be because as long as they are happy shouldn’t she be too? It took her a while to realize that her happiness comes before anyone else’s. In her artwork, she replaced the girl’s head with the brain because that is where our personality comes from. That is where we store our memories and thoughts about ourselves. The female figure is only wearing undergarments to represent how vulnerable she felt during a challenging time in her life. Her power comes from her realizing who she is and becoming independent.

And a tiny tease from her heart-wrenching story:

I thought my parents would be the ones to teach me how to tie my shoes.

Julio Lopez
Julio is a senior at High Tech High Chula Vista, and this project has given him one of the most honest and emotionally truthful experiences of his life.

The calm before the storm in his harrowing story, “Futbolito”:

I still clearly remember getting ready for the party. Putting on my Spain jersey my uncle had bought me right after the World Cup, running down the old wooden stairs to go play soccer in the backyard. And the sound of my grandma’s loud and desperate voice yelling at my brother and I from upstairs to stop playing due to the countless flower pots and windows we had completely shattered with our ball over the years.

We hope you’ll join us for tonight’s showcase. See you at The Industry at 7:00 PM. All ages!

Southwestern College VAMP: Snap Judgment is April 27th

So Say We All and Southwestern College present:
Spring 2016 VAMP: Snap Judgment

Read more about our community college programs here.

It happens to us all. We find ourselves the target of a snap judgment based on how others perceive us: where we’re from, how we look or sound, what we wear, even how we style our hair. If we’re honest, we can think of times when we, despite our best intentions, have pigeonholed someone else. When have you found yourself being targeted by a stereotype? When have you caught yourself stereotyping someone else – even though you know better?

Featuring:
Talia Castellanos
Daniel Ceballos
Natasa Cordova
Lorise Diamond
Shereen Fahrai
Jeffrey Jimenez
Ruben Lam

Southwestern College Spring 2016 VAMP: Snap Judgment
Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM
Field House Auditorium
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910
www.sosayweallonline.com

Mesa College VAMP: Borders

So Say We All is proud to partner with San Diego Mesa College to present their first VAMP showcase: Borders.

Please join us for a night of storytelling at Mesa College. The selected students spend nearly a month undergoing an intensive critique and coaching process. Their stories are brave and vulnerable portrayals of borders. Life is full of borders: emotional, political, geographic, sexual, cultural, family.

The students participating in this showcases were selected from a large field of student submissions, and then spent a month working intensively with faculty, So Say We All teaching artists, and their co-performers to bring their stories to the stage. They work so hard, and have such amazing stories to tell.

San Diego Mesa College VAMP: Borders
Spring 2016
April 21st at 7:00 PM
San Diego Mesa College, auditorium in room G102
FREE

Attention Educators! Teaching storytelling?

Are you an educator interested in teaching storytelling or personal narrative writing, or are you looking to enrich your current curriculum with models of storytelling and live performance?

We’d like to invite you to some upcoming all-ages (though we cannot promise squeaky clean language!) performances through our partnerships with community colleges throughout San Diego. These are great opportunities to come and see live storytelling yourself, bring your teaching colleagues, and/or bring your students and classes!

The students participating in these showcases were selected from large fields of student submissions, and then spent a month working intensively with faculty, So Say We All teaching artists, and their co-performers to bring their stories to the stage. They work so hard, and have such amazing stories to tell.

If you are interested in having So Say We All work with you at your school or college, get in touch with us.

Here are our three community college shows:

 

MESA COLLEGE

MESA POSTER

Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 PM
San Diego Mesa College room G101
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/226440991034746/
Web event: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/mesa-college-vamp-borders/

SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE
Chula Vista

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Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM
Southwestern College’s Field House Auditorium
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1246017782078528/
Web event: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/southwestern-college-vamp-snap-judgment/

CITY COLLEGE

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Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 PM
San Diego City College Saville Theatre
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1092318790799058/
Web event: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/city-college-vamp-face-the-music/