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TALLER CHUPAROSA: A Writing Workshop to Get You Going
Facilitated by Maya Chinchilla


art by Karina Oliva


When: Tuesday or Sunday evenings in October and November, 2015

1st Workshop will start Sundays Oct. 4-Nov. 22 with no class Nov. 8

2nd Workshop will start class Tuesdays Oct. 13-Dec 8 with no class Nov 3.

Location: Oakland (address will be sent upon acceptance of application)

$150-200 ( payment plan available)


Secret journal writers, open mic junkies, eloquent status updaters, kitchen table storytellers, daydreamers, night crawlers, napkin notetakers, distracted do-gooders and hopeful writers of all kinds:

In this workshop we will center the marginal, the magical, the in-between dwellers, the border crossers and specifically center the writing of women,trans folks, queers and people of color. Allies, outliers and writers at the intersections are welcome to participate in the workshop while knowing that these are the voices that will take precedence.

This is a weekly writing workshop for writers of all levels and genres. The workshop will provide exercises and prompts to get your writing going and generate new material. Each week we will take time to provide feedback on short excerpts of your work in progress and as desired by participants. Feedback will be timed and guided so as to center the writer’s desires for the work. Ultimately the focus of this workshop is on generating writing and creating a writing community; most of your editing will happen outside of the class.

We will write using samples of writers we like and or challenge us, personal objects and photographs I will ask you to bring in, and gentle movement to inspire all ways of storytelling.

Please submit at least a one to five page of a sample of your writing in any genre, (no more than five pages) to <a></a> and submit this short application who you are and what brings you to this writing workshop by *Oct. 5, 2015 midnight.  (please note in your application your preference of a Tuesday or Sunday evening workshop)
Payment secures your spot. First come first serve.

Again, don’t be shy! All levels of writers welcome!


Maya Chinchilla is the author of The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética, a book of poetry, stories and vignettes, and has taught writing and Ethnic Studies at UC Davis, SFSU and CIIS. She is currently touring performing excerpts from her book, and giving lectures and workshops around the country.

For more info about this workshop


Accessibility: Location is on the second floor of a building with no elevator. Location is not scent-free, but I have unscented products in the bathroom and will clear scented products in the house 2 days before the workshop. Please show up free of scents, colognes or perfumes on you.


I am also available to come to your location to give workshops and readings. Let’s talk!

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