An advanced writing workshop for kids ages 9 -14
This is a class for highly motivated writers who want to be challenged. Most of the students are subscribers and/or contributors to Stone Soup.
Writing Workshop members join a community of like-minded students. They find inspiration in the weekly presentations and discussions, and relish the opportunity to hear the work of their peers and share their own work if they wish. Many of the students in this class are working at a very high level, while others are moving at a different pace. Whatever their current level, this class is appropriate for students who are truly passionate about writing and want to practice and improve their skills. Your child will be introduced to college-level writing concepts. Basic writing skills are assumed. Click the button bellow to be directed to the Eventbrite page for this workshop.
About William Rubel, Executive Director.
I love children’s art. It was through children’s art that I first became inspired by children’s creativity. I was nineteen, and in college. I started teaching creative writing and art on my college campus for a Saturday morning arts program for kids from the community. I thought that if only I had examples of brilliant art and writing by kids, I could super inspire my students. I then gathered a group of fellow students, and we started Stone Soup magazine using our dorm rooms as offices. We knew nothing about publishing. But we had that winning combination of passion and youth. Fifty years later, Stone Soup is still going strong.
Over the years, my own interests have branched out. I love writing. I became a writer, in addition to a publisher in the mid-1990s.
I am now a published author — books, and magazine and journal articles. I write nonfiction. My interests are traditional cooking, like cooking on the fireplace or special foods from small communities — like the Samburu tribe in Kenya and Roma communities in Romania — and gardening. While I write nonfiction, my style is often very story-like. As a teacher, I bring my own experience as a reader and writer to my classes. You can find articles that I have written at the website for the American magazine Mother Earth News. Just search on my name, William Rubel. My book The Magic of Fire is a gorgeous cookbook on hearth cooking illustrated by a friend of mine. It won major awards, including l’Ordre du Mérite agricole. My second book, Bread, a global history, is basically the outline for a much larger bread history that I am still writing. I am afraid to say that I am years late with this expanded volume! But, to be honest, being late is often a feature of a writer’s life. Don’t worry; we are always on time to our classes!
I started teaching creative writing online during the first Covid-19 lockdown, in spring of 2020. It turned out that the kids responded super well to my person and persona — nearly seventy, with crazy hair and a passionate intensity about writing that breaks through the Zoom barrier. In fact, my first classes went so well that enrollment quickly grew from ten the first week to over forty. The writing coming out of the classes was (and still is) astonishingly brilliant. That I could relate to and inspire kids inspired me to also start an international online lecture series on the history of bread, which is my current academic specialty. Sometimes, for those lectures, I get over one hundred participants from all over the world.
I live in Santa Cruz with my daughter, Stella, our cat, Fig, a small flock of chickens, and dozens of aviary birds. You can read more in depth about some of what I do at my personal website.