Saturday, November 19, 2022

MECHANICS INSTITUTE WRITERS LUNCH DECEMBER 16, 2022

JOIN ME AND THE MECHANICS INSTITUTE'S OWN

TARYN EDWARDS

ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 16

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

FOR

THE WRITERS LUNCH

This event will be conducted via Zoom. Register and you will be emailed the Zoom credentials.

REGISTER HERE FOR THIS FREE EVENT

https://www.milibrary.org/events/writers-lunch-writing-about-your-nearest-and-dearest-dec-16-2022


This month join librarian Taryn Edwards and author Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte for a discussion of a very important skill: how to write about your nearest and dearest without getting into trouble. Learn tips and tricks for telling the truth, being discrete, and mitigating the fallout.


THESE WONDERFUL AUTHORS WILL BE JOINING US FOR THE DISCUSSION

Isidra Mencos was born and raised in Barcelona. She spent her twenties experimenting with the new freedoms afforded by the end of Franco’s dictatorship in Spain while immersing herself in books and dancing. She freelanced for prestigious publishing houses, traveled the world as a tour leader, and worked for the Olympic Committee. In 1992 she moved to the US to earn a Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American contemporary literature at UC Berkeley, where she taught for twelve years. She also developed her own business as a writer and editor for Spanish-speaking media. After a 10 year stint in the corporate world, managing teams in several countries, she quit her job in 2016 to dedicate her time to creative writing. Since then, her pieces have been widely published in literary journals and general interest magazines, from Chicago Quarterly Review to WIRED, and she has been listed as a Notable Essayist in The Best American Essays anthology. In October 2022 she released her book Promenade of Desire—A Barcelona Memoir (She Writes Press), a sensual coming of age story tracing her journey from repressed Catholic virgin to seductive Mata Hari, as Spain transitioned from dictatorship to democracy. Today Isidra lives in Northern California with her husband and son. Find out more at  www.isidramencos.com/


Joan Gelfand is a writer, coach, and activist. Her reviews, stories, essays and poetry have appeared in over 150 national and international literary journals and magazines including the Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Chronicle, PANK!, the Huffington Post, Rattle, Levure Litterarie, Voice and Verse, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner and The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. The recipient of numerous writing awards including two Pushcart nominations, and the Women’s National Book Association’s Effie Lee Morris Prize, Joan’s poem “The Ferlinghetti School of Poetics” was made into a short film by Dana Walden. The film featured at 20 international film festivals and was awarded “Best Poetry Movie” at the World Film Festival. You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Author Success, Joan’s book for writers (Mango Press) is a #1 best seller on Amazon. Extreme, Joan’s debut novel was published by Blue Light Press in July, 2020. She also has an essay in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Wonderful Wild Family. Joan lives in San Francisco with her husband Adam Hertz and two beatnik cats – Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Find out more at www.joangelfand.com/


Francine Thomas Howard, born in Illinois, and a child transplant to California, is a proud product of the San Francisco Public schools. A rarity among writers, her first love was not writing, but the sciences. She received her degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State, and her Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco (USF). She enjoyed a rewarding career treating children with physical disabilities, and working with their families on long term goals. Children with cerebral palsy comprised the majority of case load. She often reminds others that differently abled children are not aware their physical abilities are considered negative, until they are taught. That revelation, along with the insistent voice of her long-deceased grandmother, combined with driving love of history and genealogy demanding to be heard, may well have been the driving factors that nudged her to leave occupational therapy and start combining oral histories, family research, and DNA into written form. Find out more at www.francinethomashoward.com/


MODERATOR: Award-winning author and Pushcart Prize nominee Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte is an Oakland multidisciplinary writer whose autobiographical and fictional short story collections, along with her lyrical and stunning poetry, artfully succeed in getting across deeper meanings about the politics of race and economics without breaking out of the narrative.  Her writing has been variously described as “rich in vivid imagery,” “incredible,” and “great contributions to literature.” Her first novel, Betrayal on the Bayou, was published in June 2020 and a poetry collection she has written with her daughter Dr. Angela M. Boutte, titled No Poetry No Peace™, was published in August 2020 and is the namesake of the No Poetry No Peace™ series at the Mechanics Institute of San Francisco. Her in progress novel first chapter, “The Burden Keeper,” was the 2021 fiction category winner for the San Francisco Writers Conference writing contest anthology. An inaugural Oakland Poet Laureate runner-up, she is also a popular, teacher, literary reader, presenter, storyteller, curator, and emcee/host for literary and poetry events. Find out more at www.sheryljbize-boutte.com

REGISTER HERE:

https://www.milibrary.org/events/writers-lunch-writing-about-your-nearest-and-dearest-dec-16-2022

The Writers' Lunch is a casual brown-bag lunch activity on the 3rd Friday of each month. Look forward to craft discussion, informal presentations on all forms of writing, and excellent conversation. Please contact Taryn Edwards if you have any questions or if you would like to be a panelist - tedwards@milibrary.org

Join us, share and learn!

Questions?

Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103




Friday, September 30, 2022

A MATTER OF CHARACTER AT MECHANICS INSTITUTE-NOVEMBER 12, 2022


MECHANICS INSTITUTE LIBRARY-SAN FRANCISCO

PRESENTS:


A Matter of Character: How To Create Enduring Fictional Characters

with Sheryl Bize-Boutte


Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This event is hosted in partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference


This event will take place via Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you a few days before the class starts.

REGISTER HERE:

MI Members $19
Public $29
Register now ›


Questions? Contact Taryn Edwards, tedwards@milibrary.org


If you're a fiction writer your characters need to come alive for your reader or audience. A good character is integral to the story – whether they are the protagonist, antagonist, or part of the supporting cast. In this workshop, you will discover what makes a good character, learn where to start in creating a character, and begin to develop a character in real-time.


Pushcart Prize nominee Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte is an Oakland multidisciplinary writer whose autobiographical and fictional short story collections, along with her lyrical and stunning poetry, artfully succeed in getting across deeper meanings about the politics of race and economics without breaking out of the narrative.  Her writing has been variously described as "rich in vivid imagery," "incredible," and "great contributions to literature." Her first novel, Betrayal on the Bayou, was published in June 2020 and a poetry collection she has written with her daughter Dr. Angela M. Boutte, titled No Poetry No Peace, was published in August 2020.  She is also a popular literary reader, presenter, storyteller, curator, and emcee for local events.


Writing can be solitary, and workshops like this are a treat! Sheryl's creativity encourages writers like me to innovate! One of her exercises in class gave me an idea that I've turned into a short story currently being submitted to contests and for publication. (Fingers crossed!) I liked Sheryl's unique approach, and the positive feedback she shared with each participant. She is a kind and helpful workshop leader. -E. Coyle Divers


For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email tedwards@milibrary.org at least 10 days prior to the class to receive a full refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.




Wednesday, September 21, 2022

AND GUESS WHAT ELSE HAPPENED?

SO GUESS WHAT ELSE HAPPENED...

So, I co-taught the "FunWith Flash Fiction" class this past summer with the 

wonderful Gini Grossenbacher (Elk Grove Writers and Artists)

and, as a part of the class Gini and I participated and wrote flash pieces along with the participants,

and then, on a fluke I entered my flash piece from the class in the 

Writer Advice Flash Fiction Contest

and, wow... my story

"Scrambled Girl" is a contest finalist!

And check this out:

Gini and I will be teaching the class again next summer!

Be sure to stay tuned for more information 

about 

FUN WITH FLASH FICTION

ELK GROVE WRITERS AND ARTISTS

JULY/AUGUST 2023

oh, and "Scrambled Girl" too!



NOW HAPPENING ON OCTOBER 4, 2022

 

POSTPONED FROM AN EARLIER DATE

NOW HAPPENING ON 

OCTOBER 4, 2022

AT


THE MONTCLAIR OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

 ON 

OCTOBER 4, 2022

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

I WILL BE PRESENTING A CLASS

 AS PART OF 

GRACE MARIE GRAFTON'S POETRY OF THE SENSES SERIES

FUN EXERCISES

 AND

 CRITIQUE FREE SHARING OF YOUR WONDERFUL WORK



MONTCLAIR OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
1687 MOUNTAIN BLVD.
OAKLAND, CA 94611
510-482-7810


Monday, September 19, 2022

BETRAYAL ON THE BAYOU IS AN AMAZON KINDLE BEST SELLER TODAY!

 BETRAYAL ON THE BAYOU 

IS AN AMAZON KINDLE BEST SELLER TODAY!


#40 in Historical French Fiction

#59 in Historical African Fiction

#193 in Black & African American Historical Fiction (Kindle Store)




Sunday, August 28, 2022

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE IT IS JUST TOO HOT!

 THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE IT IS JUST TOO HOT

NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

WATCH THIS SPACE

THE MONTCLAIR OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

 ON 

TBD

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

I WILL BE PRESENTING A CLASS

 AS PART OF 

GRACE MARIE GRAFTON'S POETRY OF THE SENSES SERIES

FUN EXERCISES

 AND

 CRITIQUE FREE SHARING OF YOUR WONDERFUL WORK



MONTCLAIR OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
1687 MOUNTAIN BLVD.
OAKLAND, CA 94611
510-482-7810


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

MECHANICS INSTITUTE FEATURED MEMBER

Mechanics Institute Library of San Francisco

MI Quarterly  July-September 2022

Member Profile

Sheryl Bize-Boutte


"Libraries have been a part of Sheryl Bize-Boutte’s life since childhood,

when she would frequently visit her elementary school’s library.

She has been writing since she was twelve years old, prompting her

parents to gift her a Smith-Corona typewriter for her stories.

Since retiring, Sheryl has been focusing more and more on

her writing, embarking on a second career as a writer. She has

published multiple poems, short stories, and one long-form novel

titled Betrayal on the Bayou. Her poetry collection, No Poetry No

Peace, is the namesake of the Institute’s new biannual poetry event,

inaugurated in April of 2021. She lets her story ideas – and whether

they are written as poetry, short stories, or long-form novels – flow

naturally from her muse. 


Sheryl appreciates the Institute for its history and commitment to

welcoming all to the stacks, at events, and in classes. She credits

the Mechanics’ Institute with being a boon to her throughout the

pandemic. The Institute's quick pivot from in-person to virtual events

helped Sheryl enhance her art, storytelling, and teaching practices.

Her work with Mechanics' Institute has caught the attention of

other institutions who have begun requesting her presence as a

speaker and storyteller. Sheryl has taught and presented lectures

on the craft of writing at the San Francisco Writers Conference, the

American Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference,

and Toastmasters. She is currently working on her second novel

and is a well-regarded teacher of writing who has received much

positive feedback from individuals who have attended her classes

at Mechanics' Institute.

Look for upcoming writing classes at the Institute taught by Sheryl

Bize-Boutte. We appreciate her commitment to the art and craft

of writing, and are working to continue building a community of

writers whose work, like Sheryl's, makes great impact on the Bay

Area and beyond!"


Read the entire July-August Mechanics Institute Quarterly at:

https://www.milibrary.org/sites/default/files/publications/1657641728/MI-Quarterly-July-Sept%202022.pdf

Books and more information at:

www.amazon.com/author/sheryljbizeboutte

www.sheryljbize-boutte.com