CSUB faculty teach free writing classes

When the Beale Memorial Library needed an instructor to take over the free creative writing workshops at the downtown Bakersfield location, they turned to CSUB’s English faculty – and they were happy to fill the need.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, the first of six monthly workshops drew 30 participants. The topic was “The Writing Process,” an overview of creative writing.

“We have such a big demand for creative writing workshops at our downtown location,” said Maria Rutledge, the head librarian at Beale who also works part-time as a librarian at CSUB’s Walter Stiern Library.

The dean of CSUB’s School of Arts and Humanities, Richard Collins, is also stepping up to help teach the workshops – memoir and poetry writing, which will be held in the spring.

“This is an excellent example of how CSUB can contribute to what I have been advocating all along: to connect the arts and humanities to the everyday life of the community. Creative writing is one way for the community to find its own voice and tell its own story, the story of individuals and their experiences,” Collins said.

The workshops are free to the public and open to people of all ages and experience levels. The classes take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. No registration is required; bring pen and paper.

The schedule for the remaining workshops is:

Dec. 10 – Character Development
Jan. 14 – Plot
Feb. 11 – Detail and Organization
March 10 – Memoir Writing
April 14 – Poetry Writing
April – Stay tuned for details on a culminating Writers Resource Fair in April

For more information, contact the Beale Memorial Library at 661-868-0745.

– Jennifer Burger, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator