Workshops

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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 suegwool@gmail.com

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 twenty-first 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.

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.    suegwool@gmail.com

SCHEDULE

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

All ages welcome

2017  UPCOMING EVENTS 

Sat. April 29, 2017 10 am – 1 pm
workshop in Roseville, Ca.
Contact Maureen Reismann,    mo.artsygirl@gmail.com

FREE LIBRARY WORKSHOPS  (just show up….)

Thursday April 27,  5:30-7:00 pm
Yuba City Public Library, 750 Forbes Ave.
Contact James Ochsner,  JOchsner@co.sutter.ca.us

Tuesday May 2, 6-8 pm
Red Bluff Public Library,  645 Madison St.
Contact Todd Deck,  todd@tehamacountylibrary.org

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

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

RECENT WORKSHOPS

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.  Terrific.

Aug. 2016
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. To learn more and sign up, contact Susan, suegwool@gmail.com or Alexandra, alexandrakaracostas@yahoo.com or go to www.susanwooldridge.com and WisdomAstrology.com
 SEPTEMBER 28 to OCTOBER 1, 2016
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 (alteredartist@sbcglobal.net)
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
530-846-332

May 25, 2016  FREE
6:30- 8 pm, Paradise Library
Paradise, CA.
Contact Susie Serrano or Rhoda Boyd
530-353-1160

Sat. June 25, 201
Freeing Your Life with Words
workshop in Port Townsend at Imprint Books.
Contact annaquinn@writersworkshoppe.com
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:
OrovilleBCLibrary@buttecounty.net530-538-7642

April 2015
Plumas County Library Workshop (free)
Quincy, CA
contact:
Bianca Harrison <dragonfly54b@gmail.com>

Saturday May 16  2015
Etna Ca. Public library workshop (free)
contact Donna May donnamaymft@hotmail.com

May 2015
McKinleyville and one other Humboldt
County Public Library
Contact  Kehrnman@co.humboldt.ca.usMay 2015

 


Previous Events

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, lassenlibrary@citlink.net

October  9, 2 pm
Writers on Writing
 presentation
at SF State University
contact Susan for more info
at suegwool@gmail.com

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