The heat of the summer sun is one thing, the licking flames of fire something else all together. As Santa Barbara begins to recover from its latest devastating wildfire, Ellen Anderson invites the public to explore writing as a healing process. Whether you’re a poet, prose writer, playwright, or none of the above, you’re invited to attend her free workshops, After Words: Writing Following the Fire, at the S.B. Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery on Saturdays June 20 and 27 (www.ihc.ucsb.edu).
Attention all readers: The 2009 Santa Barbara Reads selection will be announced officially on Tuesday, June 23. Check out the library’s Web site (sbplibrary.org) to find out which classic novel will make the rounds this summer, and which famous author will give a public lecture. This year’s pick is especially geared toward young adults, and teachers are invited to pick up free copies of the book for their students.
On Friday, June 26, former Santa Barbaran Alexandra Lander appears at Muddy Waters Cafe to discuss her new novel, Saffire_21 , a social networking cyber-mystery that takes place in S.B. and Santa Ynez.
Writers aged 13-18 take note: Writer Kit Steinkellner is offering two eight-week teen workshops this summer, one on playwriting and one for screenwriting. The weekly workshops kick off on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, respectively, at the Santa Barbara Ballet Center.