The Litquake Elder Project

Sites to date:
Downtown Oakland Senior Center
Jewish Home of San Francisco

Call (510) 238-3284 to reserve your spot today!

A creative arts project focused on creative expression through poetry and performance

For eight weekly 90-minute sessions, seniors participate in an expression workshop focused
on common strategies to write and present poetry and prose. Students explore sound patterns, 
repetition, music, strategies of emphasis, and how reading their work aloud is unlike writing or reading alone.
Students will explore examples of Spoken Word, Slam, and traditional reading of poetry. 
At the end of the class, students are featured in an anthology, and perform at a live reading.

The Litquake Elder Project consists of weekly generative writing and reading sessions combined with
music, photographs, headlines, and hands-on creative exercises facilitated by professional teaching writers.
Participants get to know each other in new ways that foster socialization and bonding.
Creative projects and collaboration give way to conversations about life, art, and philosophy.

Through art and writing, students express difficult feelings of pain, fear, grief, joy, and hope.
Student discusssions of past and current life experiences result in personal empowerment through creativity. 
Our goal is for students to find a new self-confidence using the creative process and writing performance
as a means of generating a dialogue within and outside of their own community.

With generous funding from