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ESP Biography



KEVIN ARNOLD, Writer & Teacher




Major: Creative Writing

College/Employer: MFA/San Jose State

Year of Graduation: 2007

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Kevin Arnold has published fifty stories and poems in literary magazines such as Seattle Review and Beloit Fiction Journal. He spent an extraordinary week in Raymond Carver’s workshop at Centrum in 1982. Serving as President, Poetry Center San Jose from 2001-2013, he earned his MFA from San Jose State University in 2007 and was a founder and teaches at Gold Rush Writers.

The San Francisco / Peninsula California Writer's Club named him Writer of the Year for 2014-2015.



Past Classes

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R4864: Finding Your Writing Voice in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
This is an entry-level class to give students an opportunity to share their work with others and gain valuable feedback. Students are expected to bring in one page that they've written that they can share with the class. The page can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or journalism.


R4865: Finding Your Writing Voice for Middle Schoolers in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
This is an entry-level class to give students an opportunity to share their work with others and gain valuable feedback. Students are expected to bring in one page that they've written that they can share with the class. The page can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or journalism.


R4163: Exploring Your Writing Voice in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
Young writers are often puzzled what type of writing best suits their individual talents. Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, blogging? This class represents an opportunity to explore your writing voice. Please bring something you've written, no more than 150 words, that you can share with the class. Copies for the others to mark up are optional--if you bring them, please bring 7 copies In order to spend adequate time with each young writer, this class is limited to seven students.


R4169: Advanced High School Critique Group in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 11 - 12, 2015)
This class is for high school students who have self-identified themselves as writers by writing or editing for their school newspaper or yearbooks or other creative activities such as writing a scene for the drama department. Please bring something you've written--not necessarily published, but something that moves toward the kind of writing you want to do. After an in-depth discussion of what kinds of criticisms work best, we will open the group up for discussion of your work. In order to ensure feedback for each writer, this class is limited to seven participants.


R3806: Exploring Your Writing Voice in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Young writers often have no idea what type of writing best suits their invividual talents. This class represents an opportunity to explore your writing voice. Please bring something you've written, no more than 150 words, that you can share with the class. Copies for the others to mark up are optional--if you bring them, please bring 7 copies