Susan demonstrates the word SAUNTER in a Salinas school workshop.  For full calendar of upcoming events, click here or scroll down


SUSAN GOLDSMITH WOOLDRIDGE has worked with thousands of adults, children, teachers and youth-at risk.  She brings tools and techniques to workshops designed to help you feel excited about writing (and teaching) poetry. Susan has found that in a safe, free setting, surrounded with words, most everyone can write poems that bring delight and discovery.

Susan starts us off playing with language. First we create “wordpools” that help us see we’re all immersed in an ocean of words we largely ignore. We learn to create images, practice close observation, begin to develop metaphor, and gradually move into “dreamsense,” where we can explore who we are, where we come from and where we’re going.

Music, paintings and “word tickets” are all used to help us enter the realm where we begin to write poems that express more than words can say, an act Allen Ginsberg called “ordinary magic.”

Susan offers workshops ranging from two hours to two days for people of all ages–at conferences, in schools, businesses and homes. In longer workshops we may gather objects,  write invocations and meet with our shadows. To schedule an event, contact Susan at

Susan’s book poemcrazy: freeing your life with words was published in May 1996 by Clarkson Potter/Random House. The hardcover edition went into five printings, was selected by Quality Paperback Book Club and Writer’s Digest Book Club. The paper back edition came out in April 1997 (Three Rivers/Random House) and is now in a thirtieth printing. Poemcrazy is a Book Sense Pick (Independent Bookstores) and though written for adults, is on the New York Public Library List of Outstanding Books for teens. It was recently listed #7 on a Signature (Penguin/Random House) list of the 28th best books on writing.

Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing (and freeing your creative process) was published by Harmony/Random House in 2007.  It was selected by Quality Paperback Book Club and One Spirit Book Club.

Bathing with Ants, a chapbook of Susan’s poems, was published in 2004 by Bear Star Press.

Susan does a yearly series of workshops in public libraries throughout California sponsored by Poets and Writers Org. and The  California Center for the Book. Talk to your local librarian about scheduling a library event with Susan.


Hello everyone. Thanks for checking in. Keep your eye on the schedule because more workshops will be added soon.

All ages welcome

2019 Upcoming Events

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019
Presenter, Poets & Writers, Inc.
9th Annual Los Angeles Workshop Leaders Retreat
826LA East
1714 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

12:30 to 4:30 pm
Sold out!
for info contact Jamie Asaye FitzGerald

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Presenter, Poets & Writers, Inc
3rd Annual Bay Area Workshop Leaders Retreat
 826Valencia Tenderloin Cente
180 Golden Gate Av
San Francisco, CA 94102 
11:00 am to 3:30 pm
FREE to workshop leaders who work with underserved groups

for info contact Jamie Asaye Fitzgerald

March 27-31, 2019
Two creative writing workshops
UCLA Expressive Therapies Summit
LA Airport Hilton.
To register, 
google 2019 Expressive Therapies Summit

Thurs. April 18, 2019, 4-6 pm
St. Helena, Ca. Public Librar


Thurs. April 25 to Sun. April 28, 2019
VOCALI Music Camp with Joe Craven et al
song writing and music making
Contact Joe Craven,

Thurs. May 4, 2019, 12-2 pm
Chester, Ca


Tues. May 21, 2019, 6-8 pm
Mt. Shasta, Ca., Siskiyou Public Librar
Contact Michael Perry,

Friday June 21, 2019, 6-8 pm
Reading and workshop
Crescent City Library
Contact Phoebe Lenhart



Tues.  Feb. 13, 2018  5:30-7:30
Red Bluff Public Library
545 Diamond Ave. FREE

Saturday April 28, 2018
JournalWild workshop
Check Butte College wordspring calendar

Saturday May 12, 2018    11am – 1 pm
Plumas County Library
445 Jackson St.
Quincy, Ca. FREE

Thurs. May 17, 2018    4-6 pm
Willows Public Library
201 N. Lassen St.
Willows,  Ca. FREE

Tuesday June 12, 2018   5:30-7:30 pm
Shasta Public Library
1100 Parkview Ave.
Redding, Ca. 96001   FREE
contact:  bradleys@shasta

Sept. 20, 2018 7 pm
Point Arena Reading   FREE
Contact Blake More

Sept. 18, 2018, 5pm
ZOOM Webinar
An Evening with Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge
Tweetspeak Poetry event with L.L. Barkat
Contact for replay info

Saturday Nov. 10, 10am-3 pm
Workshop/retreat, $40-$50.00
Oz Farm, Point Arena Ca.,
Contact (707-882-3046)


Sat. April 29, 2017 10 am – 1 pm
workshop in Roseville, Ca.
Contact Maureen Reismann,

Thursday April 27, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm
Yuba City Public Library, 750 Forbes Ave.
Contact James Ochsner,

Tuesday May 2, 2017, 6-8 pm
Red Bluff Public Library,  645 Madison St.
Contact Todd Deck,

Tuesday June 20, 2017, 5:30-8 pm
Redding Public Library, 1100 Parkview Ave.
Contact Bradley Shackleford,

SUMMER and Fall FREE library workshops being planned in
Quincy,  Etna (Siskiyou County) and Crescent City (Del Norte)

March/April 2017
4 sessions with 30 students visiting CSUChico from a military academy in  Ecuador, a marvelous experience!

February 4,  2017   DayLong Modesto Poetry Festival


Join Alexandra Karacostas and Susan Wooldridge
by the creek in Butte Creek Canyon for
Soulfood Joytime –Exploring our Inner Landscape with Poetry and Astrology 
 10am-4pm, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016
Light lunch provided…. bring snacks to share, bathing suit and towel
Our writing/self-illumination workshop will bring joy as well as a revitalizing practice to our daily lives.  Individual “depth soundings” will help us dive into who and where we are now. We will uncover what holds us back and where we may push through with love and trust. Together we will explore in poems and astrological observations how to best connect with the divine joy that resides within us!
This workshop is limited to 9 participants, so sign up soon.
FREE workshops
Eureka public library
Arcata public library
Del Norte public Library (Crescent Cit

Sat. April 23, 2016

Wordspring at Butte College
Join Susan in a Journal Wild workshop.
Contact Butte College,
Wordspring, for details.

Sat. April 30, 2016
Daylong workshop (10 to 4) with Susan
at Running with Scissors Gallery
in Sacramento. Contact Karen Brooks (
for details.

FOUR “Your Mind Matters” Butte County Library workshops below, all are welcome, FREE:

May 11, 2016  FREE
4- 6 pm, Chico Public Library
Contact  Brenda Crotts

May 17, 2016    FREE
2-3:30  pm, OROVILLE Library
1820 Mitchell
Contact Sarah Van Trease, 530-282-2352

May 18, 2016    FREE 
7 -8:30 pm.  Gridley Library
299 Spruce Street, Gridley Ca.
Contact Cynthia Pustejovsky

May 25, 2016  FREE
6:30- 8 pm, Paradise Library
Paradise, CA.
Contact Susie Serrano or Rhoda Boyd

Sat. June 25, 2016
Freeing Your Life with Words
workshop in Port Townsend at Imprint Books.
for more information


Thursday, January 22, 2015  (free)
11:00 am –  1:00 pm

Oroville Branch, Butte County Library
1820 Mitchell Ave. Oroville, CA 95969
Contact SARAH:

April 2015
Plumas County Library Workshop (free)
Quincy, CA
Bianca Harrison

Saturday May 16  2015
Etna Ca. Public library workshop (free)
contact Donna May

May 2015
McKinleyville and one other Humboldt
County Public Library
Contact 2015


August 2014
Summer Seminar for Women
Michigan, Camp Miniwanca

Saturday April 13, 2013
2 pm to 4 pm
Lassen Library
Susanville, California
contact: Jeff Hawkins,

October  9, 2 pm
Writers on Writing
at SF State University
contact Susan for more info

November 8
10 am to 1 pm,
poemcrazy workshop, $40.00
at Susan’s home in Chico, CA
Contact: Joan Goodreau <>

Writer and Workshop Leader