Autumn Community Workshops Are now Scheduled!

Autumn Workshops with Instructors Gina Goldblatt & Brenda Usher-Carpino

DURATION: Workshops are 6-weeks long

DATES: October 12th – November 21st

*Optional Performance November 22nd at LIMINAL

COST: $100 for all 6 weeks

LOCATION: LIMINAL 3037 38th Ave, Oakland, CA 94619

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All Forms Workshop

Instructor: Gina Goldblatt

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Focuses on providing individualized feedback and doing in-class writing exercises FROM A CRAFT PERSPECTIVE.

  • What is working and why?
  • What is not working and why?
  • Creative feedback excludes personal likes, dislikes and suggestions from an outside perspective
  •  The author is the creator and visionary of their own work
  • Honor individual artistic processes
  • Ask questions to provoke thought. (The best form of feedback is inquiry)

Saturday Mornings 10AM-12PM Saturday All Forms Writing Workshop:

Thursday Nights 7-9 PM Thursday All Forms Writing Workshop

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The Art of Dramatic Dialogue

Instructor: Brenda Usher-Carpino

Learn the art of character development through dialogue. If you’ve been itching to write a dramatic piece, whether a full–blown play or a monologue, and have no or little experience, this is the workshop for you. Explore the fun of emotions erupting, confidences being broken, plots being woven, foreshadowing, and creating backstory all out of the mouths of your characters.

2 class options offered:

Wednesdays from 7-9 PM Saturday Dramatic Dialogue Workshop

Saturdays from 2-4 PM Wednesday Dramatic Dialogue Workshop

These include a final performance at LIMINAL (if you want to perform).

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Brenda and Gina met in the MFA program at MILLS College as two creative people, from distinctly different eras, geographies, heritages, ethnicities; with lives that in many ways, opposed each other, they were brought together by the eerie similarities they heard in each other’s writings: the experiences of family and self within the familial dynamic. They recognized in each other kindred spirits, inspiring artistry, and a union was borne. Both share the same necessity to breathe life into story, to share experience and struggle through writing, in order to find agency in their lives, while also creating space for the stories of others similar and different. Gina and Brenda see voice as a political and personal essential and the basis for community and strength.

WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE A WORKSHOP WITH ME? (Ahem, what are your qualifications?)


My MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College prepared me to do a couple of things: teach creative writing, teach community college (English\Creative Writing), stress over publications, get used to debt hanging over my head and to loathe workshops. For any of you that have taken workshops in any type of artistic capacity, perhaps you have also experienced the competitive, cut-you-down-to-size mentality and gotten similar feedback about “growing a thicker skin.” As we are in California, you may have also experienced the polar opposite: a gushy teacher who tells everyone their work is wonderful despite it being the most horrendous garbage you ever heard, ruining their credibility as a source of feedback. These approaches to workshopping both make me want to vomit. One from anxiety and the other from time being wasted.

I believe that a workshop should be an honest and a hopeful place, meaning that being an asshole isn’t necessary, nor is blanket, impersonal praise. The job of a good workshop is to help each person find their strengths and draw on them, to empower the path they have or are on the edge of finding within themselves, and to go down it. Personal likes and dislikes are not a part of this process. Making suggestions to an author about their work and where it should go don’t belong in a workshopping conversation. What does belong, is constructive and pointed feedback and an expectation of everyone’s best work. In such an atmosphere, it becomes a non-issue whether everyone likes each other’s work. There is a mutual respect for the process, the rawness, the vulnerability and the hard work everyone must put in to be the writers they have been called to be.

As far as me being qualified to facilitate and hold such a space, I have had a number of experiences, professional and personal, that have come to make a reliable and strong instructor and intentional leader out of me. My professional experience has been mostly in one-on-one and small group settings teaching populations ranging from elementary-aged students to transitional aged youth. I have worked with young adults with developmental disabilities and learning differences, individuals on the autism spectrum, child actors, college athletes, recovering addicts, and people who struggle with mental health challenges. I have created individualized curriculum for this range of individuals. I have taught developmental English classes at the community college level. I can break down material in many different ways, into different size chunks and relate information to various groups of people so that it is relevant. I also believe that people can learn and grown, no matter who they are, no matter where they are– given they want to.

As a person, I don’t do anything in a half-assed or disinterested fashion.  I am a passionate and driven individual who believes in emotional intelligence, creative outlets as necessary survival tactics, and the power of people to make positive change through hard work, perseverance, community, meaningful relationships and bitching over burritos. I grew up as the oldest of six kids, am still the oldest of those almost-grown people, and hold myself responsible for the environment created in a space I am creating.

I also see writing as both a personal and a political act and believe that until everyone else who exists in the world and writes their hearts\minds\souls out onto the page is being heard and revered in the same way that white males are and at the same rate, writing as a woman is an act of feminism\activism\a brave and necessary act of reaching towards something that might look like equality.

If you would like to check out my publications, feel free to browse my website at 

Feel free to email me with any other questions at
Liz Green
  • Reading and Creating the Graphic Novel
  • Satire, Parody, and Send-Up: Crafting Humorous Poems, Monologues, and Essays
  • Reading and Writing SciFi/Fantasy Short Stories
Yodassa Williams
  • Writing a short story
  • Blogging 101
  • Writing a great love letter
  • Anatomy of a main character

*Descriptions and additional classes coming soon!

-Past Community Workshops-


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