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Lafayette Youth
Arts Society
What are the workshops?
In later 2014 and early 2015, the LYAS ran a series of three free writing workshops for middle school kids to explore creative writing under the guidance of Saint Mary's College graduate students. The workshop attendees visited the Saint Mary's campus and sat in college classrooms, where they tackled writing prompts and brainstormed ideas—a few brave souls even shared their work with their peers. 
Workshop participants hard at work responding to a writing prompt
Writing Workshops
                          Brenna McNab                           is a writer and                           actor in the                               Bay Area and                           Los Angeles.                             She received                             her MFA in                               creative nonfiction from Saint Mary's and continues to plug away at her first novel. In her free time, Brenna enjoys chocolate, yoga, and creating adventures with family and friends.  
Brenna McNab
Meet the workshop tutors!
Melissa Burke
                           Melissa                                Burke is a                            graduate                              student                                researcher                            at Saint                                Mary's                                  College. She also moonlights as a Poetry Editor and Social Media staff member at Omnidawn Publishing, as well as an Education & Children's Events Assistant at Book Passage in Corte Madera.
Will there be more workshops?
Definitely! Check back at lyas.org this fall for more information.
                          Emily Jiang                             is the                                     author of                                 Summoning                             the Phoenix:                           Poems &                                 Prose about   Chinese Musical Instruments. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College of California and a BA in English from Rice University. Her writing has been published in Apex Magazine, Stone Telling, Strange Horizons, and Goblin Fruit. She blogs at www.emilyjiang.com
Emily Jiang
Ani Tascian
                          Ani is a Bay                             Area native,                           Cal graduate                           writing her                             first memoir                           in Berkeley.                             Currently an M.F.A. graduate student at St. Mary's College, she is also assistant editor of MARY Journal.