Green Windows Workshops

All Green Windows Workshops use the
Amherst Writers and Artists method
and are facilitated by Peggy Simmons

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Green Windows provides a safe, creative environment where writers of all experiences, ages, and backgrounds can write freely and deeply.

In addition to writing workshops for the general public, we offer opportunities for the development of creativity and self-expression to people in the community who are least likely to join a writing workshop or have support for personal artistic expression. Further, we use creative writing workshops to bring together people who might never otherwise cross paths. While we work with all ages, we know that there is something especially important to learn through writing with young adults. 

What do Green Windows writers say about writing together?

Current Workshops

Rock Paper Scissors Collective is a community creative space in downtown Oakland and a perfect place for Green Windows workshops! These monthly creative writing workshops are for writers of all levels, experiences and genres. It is perfect for the just-beginning writer as well as practiced writers who need a new spark, want to take new risks, or seek community. Young adults 16 years old and older are especially encouraged to come.

7 - 9:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month:

  • September 27, 2015
  • October 25, 2015
  • November 22, 2015
  • etc.
Location change:  The Rock Paper Scissors Collective has MOVED into The Flight Deck. We will be in the "practice room."

1540 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

$1 - $25, sliding scale.  Additional donations welcome.

More details on the Rock Paper Scissors web calendar.

Be a part of a supportive community where writers help each other develop their unique, authentic voices, progress on their projects, and take new risks. This group is wonderful for writers of every level: those just beginning as well as seasoned writers who need a new spark. Writing in any genre will flourish.

After six years, our monthly workshop at The Rock Paper Scissors Collective is expanding to a weekly workshop. The diversity of writers in the monthly workshop has made it one-of-a-kind. To keep this diversity, we will be offering discounts and asking for donations.

Ten Thursdays
May 28 - July 30, 2015
7 - 10pm

[We are currently fundraising to support the weekly workshop.
 Please let us know if you can help! ]
$400 is the base fee, for ten weeks, discounts will be given to provide a diverse group of writers. Due May 28th.

Discounts are possible to those who have participated in a monthly Green Windows workshop at RPSC. Write to Green Windows about what you can pay, even if it's not much at all.  
We have had some generous donations, so don't let money stop you!  We want a diverse group of writers, not just those who can pay.

But pay as much as you can. If we do not meet a minimum total through fees and donations, we will cancel the workshop. At least a few people must pay the full amount to avoid cancellation.

You will expected to pay for and attend all ten weeks.

Can't attend but can help by giving a tax-deductible donation? Here's how. Please specify that it's for the weekly RPS workshops.

Email us to sign up or ask questions.
A $60 (or 15%) deposit will hold your place, but is not required.  

Please let us know if you are interested in one-day writing retreats or know community organizations who might be interested in our workshops.

Past workshops

Testimonials and photos

Writing from Green Windows workshops

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