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Riba Taylor
Teacher and writer


This page is designed for my students, to let you keep track of me over time (should the inclination to do so arise!) and to share a bit of my own work in progress, slow though the progression may be. ;-)


I will try to update the information here on at least a semi-regular basis to let you know what community college courses I'm teaching and what creative writing workshops might be coming up. I'll also include links here for any online creative projects of my own as I begin to develop them (see La Casa Azul below).


Enjoy perusing. And always, happy writing.


Riba














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Teaching schedule for Spring 2014 (online)


English 80
Academic Reading and Writing
(Full-semester course, 4 units)
Mendocino College
My faculty webpage
(Link at the bottom of this page returns to the Mendocino College homepage.)


College and Career Success 221
Becoming a Master Student
(Full-semester course, 3 units)
Mendocino College
My faculty webpage
(Link at the bottom of this page returns to the Mendocino College homepage.)


College and Career Success 124
Becoming a Successful Online Student
(Four-week course, 1 unit)
Mendocino College
My faculty webpage
(Link at the bottom of this page returns to the Mendocino College homepage.)











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Creative writing workshops (online)

These workshops provide a chance to practice, share and offer feedback on spontaneous writing. Beginning writers are encouraged. Old hands at this craft are very welcome, too. You may even find something reawakened in your own writing during the course of a workshop. The one-and-a-half-day workshops are synchronous and the four-week workshop is asynchronous, although I may schedule some optional synchronous writing activities during the course of the four weeks.


Feedback will be clearly structured and designed to engender kind, honest, constructive and helpful comments. The focus will be to encourage and support each writer's strengths and offer the "next step" on each person's writing path.


All registration fees are refundable through the listed registration deadlines. After these dates fees are nonrefundable. Please email me to register (riba@etudes.org) or for more detailed information about the workshops. (See below, too, for information about earning a voucher for future workshops.)




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One-and-a-half-day workshops (online)
These workshops are designed to offer everyone an entryway into their writing. You will each end this one-and-a-half-day process having "polished" a short piece. You are also likely to write other snippets you'll be eager to expand after the workshop ends. There will be a discussion forum to encourage connection and to share information among yourselves about contests and classes and to offer the chance to form ongoing relationships with other writers.


Next workshop dates TBA
Friday evening and all day Saturday
Special introductory rate $50


There will be a few hours of preparation during the preceding week (setting up your computer and orienting yourself to the online workshop space), and some optional follow-up time the week following the workshop, but you can complete this work on your own at your own times. During Friday evening and during the day on Saturday of the workshop itself you will be asked to participate in the online course site according to the schedule (with time set aside for writing on your own, as well). The workshop will essentially be a "live" experience with everyone participating in "real time," watching posts from your peers magically appear as you share your work and offer positive feedback.




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Four-week workshops (online)
These workshops will allow a longer timeframe in which to practice specific techniques and to post and offer feedback on your spontaneous writing. Although there will be a chance to "polish" a piece in the shorter workshop, this longer workshop will offer a chance to receive helpful feedback, to revise and repost more of your work. This workshop will not require you to participate at any particular times, so you can choose your own hours for completing your writing tasks (although there will be set deadlines for posting your work throughout the four-week process).


Next workshop dates TBA
Due dates for posting but no required times for being online
Registration fee $120


You will be asked to spend a couple of hours during the week preceding the workshop setting up your computer and orienting yourself to the online workshop space. There will also be a discussion forum to encourage connection and to share information among yourselves about contests and classes and to offer the chance to form ongoing relationships with other writers.




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Voucher "reward"
Participants who sign up to also engage in feedback on the workshop process itself will receive a $50 voucher that can be used for future workshops or ongoing classes. If you are interested in participating, be sure to ask me about this when you email me to register (riba@etudes.org).











My own creative projects (online)




angel and horse image from La Casa Azul


La Casa Azul
This creative project is in its infancy and likely to grow slowly, but it is launched. I am planning to offer a companion site in Spanish, as well. So please check back.
La Casa Azul: Letters to You from the Blue House




mini photo of Guanajuato


No Holds Barred: 54 at 54---All Things Mexico
This was the theme for my blog while I was 54. (Currently, I am continuing with the same blog for the 55 posts while I'm 55 with the subtitle "55 at 55---Be This Alive." You can read the About page here for more details.)
No Holds Barred: 54 at 54---All Things Mexico




mini photo of my favorite block in Ajijic


No Holds Barred: 53 at 53
This was my second blog.
I did 53 posts while I was 53---no topic requirements.
No Holds Barred: 53 at 53




restored red wooden angel


52 at 52
This was my first "official" and "public" blog. I set myself up (!!) to do 52 new things and post 52 blog entries sparked by the experiences while I was 52 years old.
52 at 52: May the Fun Begin













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