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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.


If you like what we do at So Say We All, a literary non-profit, please consider becoming a supporting member here.

 

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.


If you like what we do at So Say We All, an education, performance, and literary nonprofit organization and small press, please consider becoming a supporting member to sustain this work.

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.

 

So Say We All 2016 Winter Fundraiser

So Say We All is a 501c3 whose mission is to help people–all people–tell their story and tell it better through performance, education, and publishing. We’re especially interested in providing forums for people who have been talked about more than heard from, and now more than ever we need your help to ensure self-representation is possible. Whether it is on stage at our monthly performing arts showcases, in print, or through the various media channels we are expanding through. Your generous contribution to our year-end fundraiser will go directly to helping us providing brave new voices the attention they deserve and our culture needs.

Donate and share: https://fundrazr.com/b1BZO3?ref=ab_e2F0Fe

Thank you, and let’s keep the conversation going throughout the new year, together. – So Say We All.

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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/

High Tech High Chula Vista project: final week of shows!

Just three shows remain for “The Power Within,” our education partnership with 11th graders at High Tech High Chula Vista. Come hear some stories!

The two shows last week featured incredible writing, brave and powerful storytelling, lots of laughter, lots of tears, and lots of pride. We are so proud of the intense amount of work and courage put into these stories. Come see! Three more nights!

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“Insecurities,” by Destinie Rose Mendeola

Also featured at each show are pieces of art the students created to illustrate where their power comes from, using elements of biology. The art is incredibly powerful.

Come on down to Novo Brazil Brewery in Chula Vista, grab a beer, sit with us, and be inspired.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 – door: 6 PM

Shows start at 6:30 PM each night.

Novo Brazil Brewery
901 Lane Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91914

To support this and other education and storytelling outreach work So Say We All does, visit our winter fundraiser drive to learn more and donate.

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High Tech High Chula Vista: The Power Within

So Say We All’s teaching artists and storytellers have been working with teachers Henry Maxfield and Nuvia Ruland at High Tech High Chula Vista, on a semester-long storytelling and art project.

The students are writing their own stories, revolving around a question: where does my power come from? They are also artistically and biologically representing their power in paintings that will be exhibited.

The stories are stunning, powerful, heartbreaking, and humorous. Witnessing the storytelling power of youth reminds us why we are in the business of stories in the first place. Come hear some of their remarkable stories, and check out their art. Over the course of five evenings, Novo Brazil Brewery in the South Bay will host small groups of performers.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 – door: 6 PM

Novo Brazil Brewery
901 Lane Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91914

Stay tuned for details, themes, and performer lists for each evening.