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

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

POETRY OF THE SENSES: A CREATIVE WRITING SERIES

Come on over and join us for

 The Poetry of the Senses, 

a series of six creative writing sessions

 at Montclair Branch Library, Oakland

WITH

GRACE MARIE GRAFTON

RAFAEL JESUS GONZALES

SHERYL J. BIZE-BOUTTE

EVERY OTHER TUESDAY FROM JULY 12, 2022 TO SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 (SEE COMPLETE SCHEDULE BELOW)

OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY-MONTCLAIR BRANCH

1687 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611

Phone: (510) 482-7810

To kick off the writing sessions, a well received poetry reading was held at the Montclair Branch on June 28 at 6 PM, featuring series lead Grace Marie Grafton, along with Rafael Jesus Gonzalez and Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte as well as two other local poets, John Rowe and Mary Mackey. Writing/poetry sessions will be led by Grace Grafton. Grace is a published poet, longtime teacher with CA Poets in the Schools, author of LENS (Poems to CA Art) and six earlier books of poems. Presenters will also include Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, first Poet Laureate for City of Berkeley, and Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte, an Oakland multidisciplinary writer and co-author of No Poetry No Peace. Each session will focus on finding inspiration from one of the senses, such as by viewing touching and tasting a blackberry, examining and smelling a lavender flower, looking at a painting, or visiting the library’s garden under the blue sky in the wind. Sessions will consist of inspiration time (model poem, narrative, discussion, sense experience), writing time, and sharing time.  

The upcoming sessions and instructors/presenters are:

Poetry of the Senses: A Creative Writing Series (Grace Marie Grafton)

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM) AND Tuesday, July 26, 2022 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM)

Poetry of the Senses: A Creative Writing Series (Rafael Jesus Gonzales)

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM)

Poetry of the Senses: A Creative Writing Series (Grace Marie Grafton)

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM)

Poetry of the Senses: A Creative Writing Series (Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM)

Poetry of the Senses: A Creative Writing Series (Grace Marie Grafton)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM)


For more information go here:

https://oaklandlibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/62bb3a0884c73e69b308a7bd

Saturday, July 2, 2022

FUN WITH FLASH FICTION

I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT I WILL BE WORKING 

WITH  

GINI GROSSENBACHER

 ELK GROVE WRITERS AND ARTISTS 

FOR FUN WITH FLASH FICTION

JOIN US FOR FLASH FICTION WRITING CLASSES BEGINNING JULY 19, 2022

    ENROLL HEREginis.writers1@gmail.com