Fall writing workshops on Voice and Novel Writing at ThinkHouse; Unheimlich Theater; We Are Where We Eat; Story Workshop Sacramento reading and workshop; SacPedArt blog

Dear Writers, Readers and Friends:

Summer’s keeping it hot even as littler ones start heading back to school! Try to brave the heat this week and next to check out some eclectic and interesting literary opportunities.

And, speaking of back to school…

Looking to recommit (or newly commit) to your writing this fall? I would love to write with you! I will be hosting an 8-week workshop, The Craft of Voice, on Wednesday nights at ThinkHouse Collective starting September 5. Each week, we discuss a reading assignment, create and (if we like) share a new chunk of writing, and workshop the work of one or two class participants in a way that is fun, positive, strategic and honoring of the writer’s unique imagination and original impulse. Registration is open now; early enroll discount available for registrations postmarked by Aug 22 (also, I now offer a referral discount program!). Full details at www.kateasche.com/workshops or email me at asche (dot) kate (at) gmail (dot) com.


Perhaps you are in the midst of writing a novel, or want to be? Let me recommend to your attention a workshop taught this fall by my friend and sister-in-coworking, Katie McCleary. She’s teaching Write Your Novel! for 12 sessions this fall, also at ThinkHouse Collective on Wednesdays from 1-4 pm. Price is $350. To register, email Katie at mccleark@gmail.com or call her at 916-284-7560. You can learn more about Katie, MFA and Amherst Writers and Artists Trained Facilitator, at www.katiemccleary.com

These workshops aren’t what you’re looking for? Check out my Links list and Resources page at www.kateasche.com. I’ve connected with so many of the writers and writing groups, organizations and teachers in town, and I post all my contacts online, so you can benefit! Still can’t find the right thing? Drop me a note at asche (dot) kate (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll put our heads together.

Stay cool!



Come out for a uniquely imaginative performance,

the music, words and drama of:

Unheimlich Theater 

Featuring: Gilberto Rodriguez, Dylan Morgan, Roberto De Haven, and Russell Brown

with verbal accompaniment by Yuba City Poet Betty Sanchez.

At:  Midtown Village Café, 1827  ‘I’  Street, Sacramento*

When:  August 10, 2012  —  6 to 8pm

Be startled and intrigued by the classic, provocative words of early 20th century poets – César Vallejo, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, Miguel Hernandez and Leopoldo Maria Panero — in original interpretation for the 21st century.

Each of the Unheimlich artists has performed extensively in the Bay Area and Northern California.  Each is versatile and multi-talented.  As if they were a dozen, these four fearless, inventive talents play many instruments and combine years of experience with insights and freedoms that transcend the boundaries of conventional entertainment.  By their daring interpretations of these past geniuses, their sounds and images will entrance and stay with you.

A reading in honor of Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol / Writers of the New Sun.

*Midtown Village Café continues to build on its venue capability as a welcoming site for spoken word, music, good humor and fusion performance, offered in a convivial and artistic midtown atmosphere, with bistro fare of tasty snacks, desserts, coffee and beer.


We Are Where We Eat – A Fresh Look at Sacramento’s Food Story

Del Paso Library Saturday August 18, 2012


The Sacramento Public Library has received a grant from Cal Humanities to explore Sacramento’s “foodscape” through the stories of people who grow, distribute, prepare and serve our food. The next program will be held at the Del Paso Heights Library on Saturday, August 18, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Share your recipes and stories about food and drink– stories about the corner grocer, your favorite restaurant, first garden, school lunches, favorite hangout, family potlucks and other bits of community lore.

If you have a favorite recipe bring it and the dish with you.  Elaine Corn from Capital Public Radio will be on hand to capture your stories and award prizes for the best potluck dish of the day. Recipes, stories and original art will also be collected for Potluck: Recipes and Remembrances, a book published by the Friends of the Del Paso Heights and North Sacramento-Hagginwood Libraries. And, you’ll go home with a disk of your recording!  We’ll also have a cookbook sale, maps of Sacramento County to add your food memories to, food art projects for the kids, and lots more.

You don’t have to live near the Del Paso Heights Library to tell your Sacramento food story. Or wait for a library event.  You can call us or email us with your tidbits or to schedule an interview.

We Are Where We Eat was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Project partners include the Sacramento Public Library and Capital Public Radio and sponsored by the Sacramento River Delta Historical Society, Sacramento County Historical Society, and California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

The Del Paso Heights Library is located at 920 Grand Avenue in Sacramento.  Admission is Free. For more information contact project director Maryellen Burns, maryellen_burns@mac.com or 916-768-6077.  www.we-are-where-we-eat.com



Story Workshop Sacramento presents “Works-in-progress”

Open-mikers & Story Workshop® Sacramento members

along with acclaimed local author David Leroy

In his successful first novel, The Siren of Paris, an ocean liner and its passengers weave the tale. Leroy’s new novel explores the support of Americans for France’s Resistance Movement in WWII.

August 18th

Open mike &Writers Circle, 5:30 pm; feature, 6:45 pm

Luna’s Café

food for body and soul

1414 Sixteenth St


916 441 3931


Story Workshop Sacramento’s upcoming workshops

with Zoe Keithley

Here is a writing approach with a winning track record!

John Schultz’s Story Workshop® approach goes right to your natural human gifts & puts them to work. For some 40 years it has been a seedbed for award-winning writers—including a National Book Award winner! And it is recognized by Brown University as one of three most innovative and successful approaches to writing nationwide!

at Sacramento Poetry Center, 25th & U Streets, third Saturdays from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. There is street parking. Follow the directional signs. And bring a notebook and pen!

$40 per four-hour session. Tough times? Reduced tuition on request!

Attend regularly & schedule free editorial sessions for your work.


Zoe Keithley, MATW, is 2006 TallGrass winner in fiction, a Pushcart nominee & multiple winner in fiction. She co-authored Write Your Self Well (2003), with Ina Albert, and is a Master Teacher of 21 years experience at college & graduate level, teaching the Story Workshop® approach developed by Chicago writing innovator, educator and author John Schultz, www.Storyworkshop.com. She is at work on The Gathering Back, a novel set in 12th century Norman England and the Second Crusade. Crow Song, published by Sacramento’s Roan Press, is now in its third printing.



Something fun in Sacramento visual art…

Here’s a neat blog, hosted by one of my sisters-in-coworking at ThinkHouse, Tara Ingram.  The blog is Pedestrian Art, Sacramento: A tour of public art in downtown/midtown Sacramento. Check it out, and may we all more deeply appreciate the beauties on display in our town!



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