[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
56°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
February 16
2000 - Rancho Camulos designated a National Historic Landmark [story]
Rancho Camulos


| Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020
Every Monday, Teri Crane hosts a creative writing class at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.  | Photo: Matt Fernandez.
Every Monday, Teri Crane hosts a creative writing class at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. | Photo: Matt Fernandez.

 

For 20 minutes, the creative writing class was silent save for the inhales and exhales of the 13 people who softly, yet quickly scratched pen to paper.

Then, an alarm sounded and the stillness was replaced with laughter, applause and heartfelt “awws” as the members of the Bella Vida senior center creative writing group shared the stories they crafted.

Every Monday, Teri Crane hosts a creative writing class at the senior center. During the class, Crane, who took over teaching the class five years ago after she retired and wanted to use her master’s degree in writing, teaches a lesson about the craft of writing then suggests a topic and has the group write for about 20 minutes. Then the class has an opportunity to share what they have written. This Monday’s class had a writing prompt about valentines, appropriate for the upcoming holiday.

“I’ll give the class an idea of what to write about, and they’ll just run with it,” Crane said. “I like to tell the group that you have different time periods in your life, and to pick one of those time periods and write in context of that.”

Naomi Young, who also takes a journaling and “conscious again” class from Crane, particularly enjoys the creative writing class. Young began writing at age 12 and has published a book of poetry and short stories, and credits Crane for teaching her how to make her writing more engaging.

“I do write by myself, but it is important to have other viewpoints, and exposing yourself to other styles of writing, like through this class, pushes you to make your writing better,” Young said. “This class is an important outlet for creativity, and Teri is a very good teacher.”

Christy Mazzeo, one of the group’s original members, began her creative writing in earnest after she discovered the class, and though she values the lessons Crane has taught her, Mazzeo is especially drawn to the community aspect of the writing class.

“I love to hear the stories each week, and they’re done by people from all different backgrounds from different countries,” she said. “There’s a strong sense of camaraderie because you really get to know someone when you hear their personal stories being read. It’s a sort of therapy because we can express how we feel and think about things we haven’t thought of for years.”

A vast majority of the class opts to write with pen and paper rather than use a computer. Crane said this wasn’t a result of any prompting from her and is an organic trend within the group.

“We’re from a different generation, so there is that aspect of preference, but also I can write fast with a pen,” Mazzeo said. “And if I was typing, I would probably spend a lot of time correcting those errors instead of writing.”

Crane said one of her favorite parts of teaching a creative writing class is seeing the different directions the writers go each week with the prompts she gives them.

“Everyone has a different story to tell that’s part of themselves, and they tell them in very different ways,” Crane said. “I love seeing what different things the group creates each week.”

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NONPROFIT LINKS

NONPROFIT HEADLINES
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020
Triumph Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, hosts the 9th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival featuring fifteen adaptive recreational sporting activities that are open to the general public with free participation on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.
Thursday, Feb 13, 2020
Thanks to our wonderful community and generous corporate donors, WiSH Education Foundation continues to open and outfit wellness centers across the Hart District schools.
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020
For 20 minutes, the creative writing class was silent save for the inhales and exhales of the 13 people who softly, yet quickly scratched pen to paper.
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020
Newhallywood Silent Film Festival producers have set the schedule of screenings, talks and tours for the inaugural festival in Old Town Newhall this weekend.
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
The Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) provides scholarships to student artists in our community, available to all high school senior art students in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
2000 - Rancho Camulos designated a National Historic Landmark [story]
Rancho Camulos
1939 - Los Angeles premiere of John Ford's "Stagecoach"; approx. 7 seconds shot in SCV [Watch Clip]
Stagecoach
The Trump administration is deploying tactical units of border patrol agents as part of a stepped-up arrest operation in so-called "sanctuary cities" across the United States, including Los Angeles, the New York Times reported Friday evening.
Villanueva Rips Feds’ Deployment of Border Patrol Agents in LA County
The city of Santa Clarita has received a petition from a Walnut Creek attorney on behalf of a group of voters to comply with the California Voting Rights Act, alleging the local government’s at-large election system dilutes the votes of Latino residents.
Santa Clarita Faced with Potential Lawsuit Over At-large Election System
The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation received a significant recognition this week from the California Association for Local Economic Development and has been honored with an Award of Excellence in their Programs Category for SCVEDC's LiveWorkSCV.com job board.
SCVEDC Receives CALED Award of Excellence
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Code for America said Thursday that nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions eligible for relief under Proposition 64 will be dismissed as part of their cutting-edge partnership.
LA County to Dismiss 66,000 Marijuana Convictions
Valencia, California-based Princess Cruises on Thursday evening confirmed that Japanese health officials had diagnosed 44 new positive cases of the deadly COVID-19 virus among people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
COVID-19 Update: 219 Cases Aboard Diamond Princess; KHTS Owners OK, But Companion Down
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies have responded to multiple, odd calls but perhaps none like the one on Friday afternoon: a bear arm on a Valencia street.
Sheriff’s ‘Out of the Ordinary’ Call: Bear Arm Found on Creekside Road
Caltrans delivered 10 travel trailers on Thursday to a site in South Los Angeles to provide temporary housing for families experiencing homelessness.
State Delivers Travel Trailers to South LA for Homeless
California’s state auditor said Thursday that law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles Police Department have flouted privacy laws meant to ensure that license plate photos captured by automated cameras aren't abused and are safeguarded from hackers.
Cops’ Horde of License Plate Photos Slammed by State Auditor
The California High-Speed Rail Authority issued its Draft 2020 Business Plan on Wednesday for public review and comment, as the agency seeks to advance California’s leadership in building a modern, clean and sustainable transportation system.
High-Speed Rail Authority Issues Draft 2020 Business Plan
Joe Lopez, 38, of Littlerock, who was convicted of slamming into the back of a parked car on the shoulder of Highway 14 in 2017, killing the occupant, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison.
Lopez Sentenced to 15 Years for Murder, Gross Vehicular Manslaughter
Detectives investigating the Golden Stop Liquor shooting that occurred Feb. 2 believe the store owner acted in self-defense when he reportedly shot and killed a suspect during a robbery.
Detectives: Golden Stop Liquor Shooting ‘Self-defense’
California slipped into drought once again as dry skies prevailed throughout the back half of January and the first half of February.
Much of California Plunges Into Drought After Dry January, February
1939 - Newhall Elementary School burns down; pupils rejoice [story]
Newhall school
Three years after the disappearance of Will Cierzan, homicide detectives returned Thursday morning to the man’s Saugus home where they began searching and conducting fresh tests.
Homicide Detectives Return to Missing Saugus Man’s Home
Love is in the air for the city of Santa Clarita with the exciting news of marriage services now available at City Hall.
Marriage Services Now Available at City Hall
Join the city of Santa Clarita in a community-wide effort to recycle right. There are many misconceptions as to which items can go in the recycle bin and which should not.
City Launches Community-Wide Effort to Recycle Right
Triumph Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities, hosts the 9th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival featuring fifteen adaptive recreational sporting activities that are open to the general public with free participation on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.
April 25-26: Triumph Foundation’s Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival
Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Shelia Kuehl introduced a motion Tuesday unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors to reduce the threat of wildland fires caused by power lines. The motion allocates state grant funding to Los Angeles County to prepare for, respond to and potentially mitigate the impact of ongoing Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
State Grants Coming to Communities Impacted by Power Shutoffs
The Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), and representatives with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) reminded Californians Thursday that starting Oct. 1, 2020, all travelers will need a REAL ID or another acceptable form of identification to board flights within the United States.
Officials Remind Californians REAL ID Deadline Quickly Approaching
Multiple shots were fired at a resident in a parking lot on the 29600 block of Sierra Highway near Stater Bros. around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, according to Lt. Eric Lasko of the SCV Sheriff’s Station.
Sheriff’s Officials Investigate Shooting in Canyon Country Parking Lot
Thanks to our wonderful community and generous corporate donors, WiSH Education Foundation continues to open and outfit wellness centers across the Hart District schools.
WiSH Foundation Announces Upcoming Ways to Support Student Wellness
The threat posed by the use and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is rising, a Defense Department official told a House Armed Services Committee panel.
DOD Officials: Weapons of Mass Destruction Use on the Rise
%d bloggers like this: