Previous Event:

4-day Writing Workshop
"Educational Research, Social Justice, and Public Voice"

16-19 June 2017
Oakland, CA

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SUMMARY: This 4-day workshop is geared for educational researchers who seek to broaden and strengthen their toolkit for publishing on education and social justice in both academic and public venues. Participants will learn writing strategies from award-winning scholar Dr. Kevin Kumashiro, as well as his tips for writing for the media and publishing journal articles and books. Participants can join small groups, led by Dr. Kumashiro, to get feedback on their outlines and drafts, and will have ample time between sessions to sit in picturesque settings to write. Lodging options are available, as is an option to commute. Space is limited so please register early.

REGISTRATION: Registration includes access to all sessions, including one optional small-group roundtable (please see the tentative schedule below). Registration also includes 1 dinner, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and snacks, as well as a signed copy of one of Dr. Kumashiro’s books. Individuals with limited financial resources are welcome to select the “discounted registration rate,” which entails the same workshop experience but for a lower fee.

LODGING: Various lodging options are available. All lodging includes shared bathrooms and access to lockable closets for belongings, and requires the use of stairs. All beds high quality bedding, and although towels and essentials are provided, you are encouraged to bring your own toiletries. Check in begins on Friday at 4pm, and check out is on Monday at 10:30am (no late check out is possible).

VENUE: To make this workshop affordable and memorable, we are staying in an old, expansive, unique and charming mansion that has much more of a communal feel and much less of the amenities and luxuries than in a high-end corporate hotel. When not in a session, participants have many spaces to write and to meet, including in four indoor common areas and three outdoor seating areas, with wifi throughout the property. At all times, we will need to be careful not to damage the property or to disturb the neighbors. Please note that the main entrance is atop several steps with no ramps, and most of the bedrooms and bathrooms are one flight of steps up; as a result, this particular workshop is not wheelchair accessible, and the organizers apologize for this. 

LOCATION AND PARKING: The venue is in a diverse urban neighborhood in Oakland, and is a half-mile walk to Lake Merritt, an eight-mile drive from the Oakland airport, a 10-min drive to Berkeley, and a 20-min drive to downtown San Francisco. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the venue. If you drive, ample street parking is available; for those without a car, cabs and shared rides like Uber/Lyft are easily available, and bus stops are a few blocks from the venue.

WHAT TO BRING: The workshop will be as “green” as possible, so no handouts should be expected. Participants should bring a laptop or writing supplies to take notes during the sessions as well as to work on their own writing between sessions (electrical outlets are plentiful throughout the building), as well as anything to make the experience more enjoyable and comfortable (preferred snacks, headphones, etc). Valuables should be left at home, and the organizers and property owners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property. 

PAYMENTS: All payments must be submitted at the time of registration, and are non-refundable. Participants may arrive late or leave early, which does not change the registration or lodging fees

LEGAL AGREEMENTS: By registering, you are agreeing to hold Kevin Kumashiro Consulting harmless regarding liability, and also to affirm the indemnity of Kevin Kumashiro Consulting regarding intellectual property.


Day 1
4:00     Arrivals and Check in
5:00     Orientation and Introductions
6:00     Dinner (provided)
7:00     Session on Writing for the Media
9:00     End

Day 2
8:00     Optional: Meditation
8:30     Breakfast (provided)
9:00     Session on Writing Strategies
10:30   Optional: Small Group #1
12:00   Lunch (provided) with Guest Speaker
1:00     Session on Publishing in Journals
2:30     Optional: Small Group #2
4:00     End (dinner on your own)

Day 3
8:00     Optional: Meditation
8:30     Breakfast (provided)
9:00     Session on Publishing Books
10:30   Optional: Small Group #3
12:00   Lunch (provided)
1:00     Optional: Small Group #4
2:30     End (dinner on your own)

Day 4
8:00     Optional: Meditation
8:30     Breakfast (provided)
9:00     Reflections and Next Steps
10:30   Check out and Departure (by 11am)