Early enroll postmark 6/30 for Craft of Writing Place; Christian Kiefer & Infinite Tides at Time Tested Thurs; Lynn Freed @ Stories on Stage Fri; Cheryl Strayed @ Pt Reyes Books; summer workshops


Here’s more summer miscellany for your literary pleasure! Please take special note of the reading at Time Tested Books featuring the (lovely) debut novel by Christian Kiefer, as well as Stories on Stage featuring Lynn Freed!

Also: The early enroll deadline for my summer creative writing workshop, The Craft of Writing Place (for all genres/all levels), is postmark June 30. There are just a couple of spaces left! In this workshop, we’ll be discussing some out of class readings, writing new work in class as we explore ideas and strategies for addressing/incorporating place more strongly into our work, and also each participant will have the opportunity to have a short selection workshopped in a positive, respectful and practical way. For full details and registration instructions, head to my website, https://www.kateasche.com/workshops/.

Happy summer reading and writing—now that summer’s officially here!



Thursday, June 28th, 7:00pm

Christian Kiefer

The Infinite Tides


On Thursday at 7:00pm Time Tested Books is proud to present Christian Kiefer for a reading and signing of his debut novel The Infinite Tides–which is garnering very high praise from everyone lucky enough to have read it! We here at the store can tell you that it is indeed a very special book, and one of the more impressive debuts we’ve seen. Be here!


*Copies of The Infinite Tides are currently available at TTB.


This event is FREE & everyone is invited.


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, suggestions, further interest, etc. – (916) 447-5696 and www.timetestedbooks.net or click here. . . . Thanks!

Time Tested Books

1114 21st Street

Sacramento, CA 95811

11am-7pm Monday-Saturday ~ 11am-3pm Sunday



Friday, June 29th, 2012, 7:30PM
Featuring Lynn Freed, author of the story collection The Curse of the Appropriate Man and seven other books
Laura Maylene Walter, author of the story collection Living Arrangements

Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street (@R)
Donation: $5
Doors open 7PM


Lynn Freed’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Southwest Review, The Georgia Review,  The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Narrative Magazine, among others.  She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/O. Henry Award, fellowships, grants and support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation, among others.  Born in South Africa, she now lives in northern California.

Victoria Goldblatt is the casting director for Stories on Stage. She has been performing for over 25 years, doing films, commercials and voice overs for TV and radio. Victoria has performed for Sacramento’s Community Theater and had her own show, Cabernet Night with Victoria and Friends. She has also performed Stand Up Comedy at the Hilton Palm Springs, Clarion and Laughs Unlimited.

Laura Maylene Walter is the recipient of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and the Ohioana Library Association’s Walter Rumsey Marvin grant. Her debut short story collection, Living Arrangements (BkMk Press, 2011), won a National Gold 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY Award). Laura’s writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, The Writer, and various literary journals. She blogs about truth, fiction, and the writing life at lauramaylenewalter.com, where she also posts photos of her cats posing with her published work.

Blair Leatherwood is a Sacramento-based actor who has been performing for over 40 years.  He has worked at Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, Riverstage, Big Idea Theatre, and many others.  He will be appearing later this year at the Sacramento Music Circus, in a concert version of Sweeney Todd, and in KOLT Run Creations’ production of Vinegar Tom.  He also finds time for film and commercial work. This is Blair’s Stories on Stage debut.




At Pt. Reyes Books:


Cheryl Strayed

author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


Talk and in conversation with Kate Levinson, bookstore co-owner, author and psychotherapist


Saturday, June 30


Toby’s Feed Barn

Purchase of $10.00 bookstore gift certificate


At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage soon ended. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she impulsively decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and to do it alone.






A Note on Summer Workshops


As always, if you’re looking for a workshop and can’t find what you need, don’t hesitate to contact me at asche (dot) kate (at) gmail (dot) com. I can help you find the best fit. Many great local writers are teaching this summer, including Jodi Angel (workshop starting THIS Saturday, fiction only…contact writeleft2 (at) yahoo (dot) com), Valerie Fioravanti (workshop starting August 8, flash fiction and CNF…contact valfiora (at) yahoo (dot) com), and many others—check out classes open at Sacramento Poetry Center on my previous post(s) here, as well as the AWA Sacramento writing groups and workshops here.





Upcoming Workshop:

The Big Artist


Dear Readers: Elaine Gale recommended this workshop to me, as she knows the presenter. Out of my desire to only pass on to you the highest quality writing and learning opportunities, I contacted the instructor to learn a bit more about what “the takeaway” is in this workshop. I post that note at bottom of this section. Cheers! ~Kate


An innovative workshop for writers, performers, and artists of all persuasionswith Obie Award winning performer and writer Chris Wells.


The Big Artist is a powerful, interactive workshop designed to get you making the most dynamic work of your life. The Big Artist is particularly well suited to people making personal work but has proven equally valuable for anyone longing to reconnect with their creative purpose.


Through writing, conversation, and exercises, acclaimed writer/performer and Secret City founder Chris Wells leads the group from gentle questioning to clear and passionate intention.  The goal is a radical reawakening of artistic impact and a rediscovery of personal voice.


Class is limited to ten students.


Wednesday July 25th, 7-10pm


Thursday, July 26th, 7-10 pm


Price: $150


Questions? Details? Or to ENROLL NOW! go to iwannabeabigartist@gmail.com


Further detail from Kate’s email to Chris—here’s his response:


Hey Kate –


Elaine forwarded me your question re Big Artist – thanks for your interest.


The Big Artist is for folks making new work, people who are stuck at a certain point in their creation or life, or making work of a new nature – often people who are moving from one medium to another.


I ask people to have one project to work on to begin the workshop, and we explode and push that idea forward in dynamic ways over the course of this mini-intensive.


Each participant encounters the biggest part of themselves and how to put that into their work – leaving them re-engaged with their values and passion.


Hope that’s helpful! Please let me know if you have any other questions.







CHRIS WELLS is an Obie award-winning writer, performer,lyricist, educator and arts activist who has made original theatre, music andperformance for over 20 years. As an actor, he has worked with directors AnneBogart, Bill Rauch, Chay Yew, Tracy Young and more. New York credits includeJoe’s Pub, Clubbed Thumb, HERE and Dixon Place. Regional credits include BaltimoreCenterstage, Yale Rep, San Jose Rep, Alabama Shakes, Mark Taper.


Now based in New York, Wells spent many years in Los Angeleswhere he was part of The Actors’ Gang and other companies, winning two LAWeekly Awards for Best Actor; several Ovation Awards for Ensemble Member andBest Production; and a Garland Award for Best Playwright. Original theatre workincludes Liberty, A Fairy Tale, Nowhere to Run, Swallow Me, Olsen Terror and I’m About to Touch You. In New York, he was awarded the CharlesBowden Award from New Dramatists, for excellence in service to the playwright.


In October 2007, Wells founded The Secret City, part salon,part cabaret, part ceremony -dedicated to artists and art-lovers. In 2010,Wells and The Secret City were awarded a special citation Obie Award forservice to the artistic community.


Wells is currently finishing his first book, a collection of personal essays entitled I’m About to Touch You.





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