Friday, December 02, 2016
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Created by Carson Beker and Nancy Au, The Escapery is a collective of teachers from around the Bay Area that encourage creativity and play, while also allowing a place for writers to find community and work on improving their writing. The workshops, which are held in cafes in both San Francisco and Oakland, are open to everyone including those who have no background in creative writing. On their website, The Escapery describes itself as “your writing unschool,” railing against the intimidating structure that can be found in many traditional writing schools. “I think the unschool for me is letting emerging writers know that this space is a safe space. It’s a place where you can explore and have fun with writing and learn about what people are doing and figure out what’s interesting to you,” said Au, who is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at SF State.