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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
1714 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
12:30 to 4:30 pm
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.
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, email@example.com
Thurs. May 4, 2019, 12-2 pm
Tues. May 21, 2019, 6-8 pm
Mt. Shasta, Ca., Siskiyou Public Librar
Contact Michael Perry, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
BUTTE COLLEGE WORDSPRING festiva
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
Sept. 20, 2018 7 pm
Point Arena Reading FREE
Contact Blake More email@example.com
Sept. 18, 2018, 5pm
An Evening with Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge
Tweetspeak Poetry event with L.L. Barkat
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for replay info
Saturday Nov. 10, 10am-3 pm
Oz Farm, Point Arena Ca.,
Contact email@example.com (707-882-3046)
Sat. April 29, 2017 10 am – 1 pm
workshop in Roseville, Ca.
Contact Maureen Reismann, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday April 27, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm
Yuba City Public Library, 750 Forbes Ave.
Contact James Ochsner, JOchsner@co.sutter.ca.us
Tuesday May 2, 2017, 6-8 pm
Red Bluff Public Library, 645 Madison St.
Contact Todd Deck, email@example.com
Tuesday June 20, 2017, 5:30-8 pm
Redding Public Library, 1100 Parkview Ave.
Contact Bradley Shackleford, firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER and Fall FREE library workshops being planned in
Quincy, Etna (Siskiyou County) and Crescent City (Del Norte)
4 sessions with 30 students visiting CSUChico from a military academy in Ecuador, a marvelous experience!
February 4, 2017 DayLong Modesto Poetry Festival
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 (email@example.com)
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
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
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
Plumas County Library Workshop (free)
Bianca Harrison firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday May 16 2015
Etna Ca. Public library workshop (free)
contact Donna May email@example.com
McKinleyville and one other Humboldt
County Public Library
Contact Kehrnman@co.humboldt.ca.usMay 2015
Summer Seminar for Women
Michigan, Camp Miniwanca
Saturday April 13, 2013
2 pm to 4 pm
contact: Jeff Hawkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 9, 2 pm
Writers on Writing presentation
at SF State University
contact Susan for more info
10 am to 1 pm,
poemcrazy workshop, $40.00
at Susan’s home in Chico, CA
Contact: Joan Goodreau <email@example.com>