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Santa Barbara Public Library System Introduces WriteSB

This August, as part of the Summer Reading Program, Santa Barbara Public Library System is introducing WriteSB. Community members are invited to participate in one of five writing workshops led by local writers, poets, authors, and experts. Interested individuals can choose from five different workshops: Creative Correspondence Corner, Live In Readiness: Poetry Writing Workshop, The Play's the Thing, The Power and Healing of Writing, or Writing for Bliss: Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. All workshops are free, but registration is required for each one. All workshops are from 4:45 - 7:00 PM on Saturday, August 11 at the Central Library. Workshops are open to adults and teens.

Following the workshops, at 8:00 PM in the Fireplace Room of the Central Library there will be a public reading where participants will be invited to read and share their new works. Pieces will range from letters to family to healing memoirs to staged script readings. The community is invited to attend the public reading and support the creative artists in our midst and celebrate their various expressions of the written word.

WriteSB Workshops

Creative Correspondence Corner >>

Attendees will be encouraged to create their own form of creative correspondence. Each attendee will have access to a restored, vintage typewriter for their own use. A range of subjects will be suggested, such as:

Letters to Family, Friends, the Editor, Elected Officials

Gratitude Letters

Letters to the Past, Current or Future Self

Letters to the Dearly Departed

Letters to the Estranged

Expressions of Grief

Expressions of Praise

Questions Posed to the Universe

Workshop Leader: Simon Kiefer has conducted numerous creative writing workshops since 2015 for people of ages 8 to 80. He specializes in expressions of emotional content in the form of memoirs, short essays, correspondence, poetry, and other creative forms. Simon has found the act of writing to be a valuable therapeutic exercise. He uses restored, vintage typewriters to entice people to write and have found the tactile quality and immediacy of the typewriter to facilitate expressions of emotion, sentiment, and spontaneous creativity.

Live in Readiness: Poetry Writing Workshop >>

Enid Osborn, will share insights about inviting the muse. Workshop includes Qigong, guided breath exercise, and short “organic writing” sessions in response to stimuli. Bring an open mind and your favorite pen. Paper will be provided—no laptops or devices will be used.

Workshop Leader: Enid Osborn is the current Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara and author of When The Big Wind Comes, a collection of poems set during her youth in southeast New Mexico (Big Yes Press, 2015.) She is also co-editor of the anthology A Bird Black as the Sun / California Poets on Crows & Ravens (Green Poet Press, 2011.) Enid is an avid birder, painter, and advocate for preservation of bees. Her current project is a poetry collection titled Little Wakes, on themes of loss and transcendence.

The Play’s the Thing >>

This workshop will give participants a chance, working within a small group, to write a script, rehearse and perform it. for a public. Each participant will create a character who wants something different from the others, causing dramatic conflict. Workshop leaders will give hints about creating and embodying characters and will work with groups after the scripts are drafted.

Workshop Leaders: Jinny Webber is Professor Emerita in English from SBCC, she now teaches for the OLLI extended learning program of CSUCI. Among Jinny Webber’s plays are three performed in the Faulkner Gallery by DramaDogs: Tales of Woo and Woe, based on Shakespeare; Qualities of Mercy, based on SB Reads’ Just Mercy, and From Eve’s Fair Hand, co-written by Terre Ouwehand. E. Bonnie Lewis and Ken Gilbert, the Co-Artistic Directors of DramaDogs, have been active in the local arts community for the past 25 years. Their mission continues to bring diverse material and provide cutting edge theatrical experiences to the Santa Barbara arts community.

The Power and Healing of Writing >>

Many in Santa Barbara have been affected by trauma, grief, and loss this year. Whether through the Thomas Fire, mudslides, politics, or personal experiences, these have all caused us to mourn. Dealing with tragedy can be isolating and lonely. Turning loss or tragedy into art helps the process of integrating and release. Finding the words to express what has moved or wounded one is a gift to others who hear the stories.

Workshop Leader: Cynthia Waring found her voice and her calling through writing her memoir, Bodies Unbound. Writing was such a powerful process of self-discovery that later she chose it as her profession. She has taught classes in recovery homes, senior centers, was the Writer in Residence at Esalen in Big Sur, and lately has traveled to lead workshops in healing trauma through writing. Cynthia is the author of her published and award-winning memoir, Bodies Unbound, and two one-woman shows, as well as appearing in periodicals, papers, and magazines.

Writing for Bliss: Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life >>

Writing for bliss is about being mindful of the messages of your heart, and tapping into your authentic voice. This workshop is an introduction to healing and transformative writing, using journaling, memoir and poetry. Participants will be gently guided in a safe environment down a path of self-discovery that cultivates your path to bliss. Appropriate for emerging and advanced writers, this workshop will inspire individuals to express themselves through the written word in a profound and meaningful way.

Workshop Leader: Diana Raab, MFA, PhD, is a poet, memoirist, blogger, speaker, and award-winning author of nine books of nonfiction and poetry. Her latest book is Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. She’s also editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge. As an advocate of personal writing, Dr. Raab facilitates workshops in writing for transformation and empowerment, focusing on journaling, poetry, and memoir writing. Raab blogs for Psychology Today, Thrive Global, and Elephant Journal.


Contact: Jen Lemberger, Programming & Marketing Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5621



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