Wild Vine Writers is a group of women writers in Livermore, California who meet monthly at each other's homes. I started this group a decade ago; we've gone through a number of changes, but three of the original members are still part of this group. Some of us write for publication, and some of us writer for other personal reasons.  We recently published a collection of 100-word stories called Long Stories Short. (Available on Amazon.) The proceeds of all the sales are used to purchase books for children who find themselves at the Tri-Valley Haven, a haven from domestic violence.  http://www.trivalleyhaven.org/ 

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Peggy Simmons, an Amherst Writers & Artist facilitator, leads writing groups in the Alameda County Juvenile Detention Center. I transcribe and respond to the writing of some of Peggy's participants.  Peggy does amazing work; check out her site Green Windows.  http://www.greenwindowswriters.org/founder.html

“We can either live with clenched fists or open hands.” Trevor Hudson

“We can either live with clenched fists or open hands.” Trevor Hudson

 For the past two falls, I’ve provided workshops for personal statements for college applications. The series included three whole-group workshops and one-on-one coaching (digital and face-to-face) to students from Livermore High School, my last teaching post. My clientele are first generation and low-income students; I do not charge the school or the students for this service.

During January and February of 2019, my colleague, Tom O’Hara , and I provided 20 West High School (Tracy, California) a 6-part workshop series designed to help them practice for the SAT essay. We taught the students how to approach the reading & writing task, and we provided feedback on several practice essays. Because we wanted to help level the playing field just a tad, we didn’t charge these low-income students or the school.

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Great Valley Writing Project (GVWP) is a chapter of the National Writing Project (NWP). I've been a Teacher Consultant with the GVWP since 2004. I lead workshops and facilitate lesson studies with classroom teachers.   https://www.csustan.edu/gvwp

I am a certified California State University (CSU) Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC) trainer. This CSU curriculum/approach is designed to help students become college ready. I provide workshops demonstrating how to use the curriculum.