“What You Seek Is Seeking You.”
Earlier this summer, I went to go support local writer, poet, performer, and activist, Anatalia Vallez at the OC Zine Fest. She shared her journey as a writer and how she came to be a poet, along with the rest of the panel.
It was very moving to see this panel and this great group of Latinx writers open up to the public how they became writers and why they do the work.
Little to my knowledge, the panel of Latino writers I witnessed was sponsored by local activist and arts patron, Sarah Rafael García, and her local, community oriented book store in Santa Ana, LibroMobile.
At the end of the panel Sarah said that she regularly puts on writers workshops and to stay tuned for updates.
My producer brain kicked in and I thought to myself, “I should pitch her a sketch writing workshop for beginners!”
I always get random ideas for pitching things. Some of them never leave my head, some of them become Facebook discussion threads, and every now and then, some of them become real life.
So I contacted her, pitched her and her partner in running Crear Studio, Dino Perez, about teaching a sketch class for beginners and they said “Yes.”
Suddenly, I was super happy — my pitch got approved and I was going to be teaching sketch again!
Teaching Sketch Comedy for me feels so right; it feels as if I’m doing one of the things I was set out to do in this life.
One of the best jobs I ever had was being a college writing tutor, maybe my favorite job ever. And comedy is my life and passion, so two merge these two things, comedy and writing, in one perfect situation, how could I not be happy?
The workshop was fun. We lot some people along the way, but the people who stayed gave everything they had, and I learned the joy of teaching sketch writing to non-comedians.
Some really fun sketches got produced in this 3-Week Workshop. Sarah Rafael García, Angela Estela Moore, and Frankie Estrella are all just super creative people with a natural inclination for storytelling and pointing out the weird things in life.
And we’re going to take all this stuff we created and share it with the world in a public table read this Wednesday night in Downtown Santa Ana! And we got Erik Wargo reading stage directions! It’s going to be super fun! Join us!
Crear Studio Presents: Sketch In SanTana is this Wednesday night at the Fourth Element Gallery from 07:00pm-08:30pm. This is event free, so check it out!