#WriteLikeAGirl2015: Meet the Mentors!
#WriteLikeAGirl2015 is a free creative writing workshop for high school girls. Join us on Saturday, April 25 from 9 AM to 12 PM for mentoring, food, and activities! Click here to reserve your spot. Today's post is dedicated to introducing you to the amazingly talented and creative women who have volunteered their time to work as mentors at the workshop: Elizabeth Barnes:
Being charged by a grizzly in Denali National Park, to being bit by Piranhas in the Amazon; Elizabeth Barnes is an avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. She loves reading, writing, cooking, and parenting. An adjunct professor of English at Boise State University Elizabeth teaches writing by day and by night battles dragons via her pen.
Hello! I'm so excited to meet and work with some amazing female writers this Saturday! I'm originally from Chicago, but one thing that drew me to Boise was its vibrant writing community. I've enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember-in fact, I received my first stinging rejection letter at age six from the infamous Walt Disney corporation, after entering a short story competition that, I realize now, was a clever way to shake down imaginative ideas from elementary children. Although I've had some success with my stories since then- my most recent publication is forthcoming in The Hudson Review- like most writers, I now have enough rejections to wallpaper a small bathroom. When I'm not writing I enjoy reading (of course,) traveling whenever and wherever I can, and spending time with my fiance and two canine children, Winston and Tucker. I currently work as a teaching-writer at The Cabin, and as the caregiver for twin toddlers who find a way to make me laugh every day.
Hi, my name is Kate McNearney and I'm a senior at Boise State. My areas of study include Creative Writing, Education, and Art History. I write constantly, mostly stories and poems. I am very into drinking chai tea lattes and learning Spanish online. I love to go jogging and biking and can bake a mean cupcake. Nice to meet you!
My hobbies include studying Japanese, reading, and watching anime! I took Tolowa when I was in high school. Tolowa is a northern Californian Native American tribe that resided around my hometown. I really wanted to write when I was younger. I felt like I had so many ideas floating in my head, but when I went to write them down, they became blurry and ugly on the paper. I lost any hope for writing for a long time. Luckily, I still really loved language. When I was a freshman in high school, I was introduced to linguistics and was blown away! Through linguistics, I was able to work with language without getting disappointed by my lack of writing skills. Once I came to BSU, I met Elizabeth who was trying to set up a creative writing club. To make a long story short, I joined and loved it. Elizabeth and the rest of us officers try to create a space for writers of all backgrounds to write and be inspired by others with similar, or completely different, interests. While I still feel that my writing is blurry, I would love to pursue a career in literary translation. I really enjoy seeing writing transform!
After hitchhiking down the West Coast, working odd jobs in a number of states, and getting married, Frieda decided to return to school. She is now a senior, pursuing a degree in Rhetoric and Composition at Boise State University, and the President of the Freewrite: Creative Writing Club. She enjoys camping, crocheting, painting, reading and writing. Frieda lives in Boise with her husband, stepdaughter, and one-eyed dog named Horus.
I teach writing and rhetoric classes that range from first-year composition courses to graduate level seminars, but regardless of the context my central commitment remains the same: student voices matter. I often frame my classes with the idea of “contribution,” helping students to see and shape contributions to larger conversations. When I teach argument, I couple the essay assignment with a multimedia presentation as a way to encourage students to embody their ideas and navigate different rhetorical situations. My courses also emphasize the revision process. In particular, I frame revision as a practice of navigating opportunities. When my students return to their past drafts, they dig deeper into the content and context of the piece, attending to opportunities “seized” and “missed.” In this approach to revision (re-vision), students reflect on the ideas in the draft, as well as the stories that exist around it. Through this practice of reflection and reinvention, I encourage students to situate their writing within a longer process of learning and growth. In everything I do as a writing teacher, I always circle back to the core belief that student voices matter. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to meet and learn from these amazing writers! RSVP here: https://girlsenseandnonsense.wordpress.com/writing-workshop-rsvp/
We can't wait for this event and we are even more excited to meet some of our readers and featured artists!
See you Saturday, Pamela Co-Editor