Hello Woodland, we now have a Bake Club! I was super excited when Elise Winn reached out to me wanting to tell Woodland about her new Bake Club, which is essentially a workshop that combines my two favorite things: baking and writing.
Elise is a published, award-winning author, a teacher, and baker who combines the joy of baking and writing to spur creativity in her students. The Bake Club isn’t only for writers and/or bakers; it’s for anyone who is interested in learning something new in an inspiring and fun environment with the bonus of sharing your amazing baked creation with your class.
Doesn’t this sound like an interesting class? If you’re anything like me, maybe you’ve struggled (for years!) to find the right creative outlet for yourself. I’ve gone through many, many hobbies; I’ve stamped, created custom stationery, dabbled with calligraphy, blogged on a personal site, and then FINALLY found VisitWoodland. Maybe Elise’s class will be just what you’re looking for?
You can join Elise’s next Bake Club meeting on Saturday, April 23rd. Tickets for this 6 person class can be purchased here. I will be out of town during April’s Bake Club, so if you join, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Enjoy!
Here is Elise’s press release, below.
*Bake Club Shares Recipe for Creativity in the Kitchen*
blends baking and writing, is now open. Founded by UC Davis creative
writing program alumna Elise Winn, Bake Club’s next session will run
Saturday, April 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Woodland. The afternoon
includes tea and coffee, baked goods that participants learn to make
themselves, and a take-home bag with a recipe card and other items that
will encourage participants to keep creating.77 percent of adults want to be creative but don’t know where to start,
according to a 2014 research report by media and commerce company Brit +
Co. Winn wants Bake Club to function as that place to start. “Everyone has
the capacity to be creative—it’s not something we grow out of, though it
can seem that way sometimes,” Winn says. “Bake Club isn’t only for people
who think of themselves as writers or bakers. Everyone has important
stories to tell, whether they realize it or not. I guide participants
through writing exercises designed to help them discover these stories and
tap into their creative side, and we bake and share something delicious
along the way.”Davis artist Julie Smiley attended the inaugural Bake Club on March 19. “I
discovered Elise to be providing an afternoon of encouragement—where I was
surrounded by like-minded spirits who easily shared an enjoyment of each
other’s company, delicious treats, the writing process, and the belief that
these are all worthwhile pursuits.” Smiley adds, “Elise provided a warm,
easy structure of writing development and baking in easy steps. I left with
pride, carrying a tray of hand pies and a notebook of story ideas.”
Winn has taught at UC Davis and the Davis Arts Center and has published
fiction in various literary journals, such as “Granta” and “The Iowa
Review.” When she’s not working on her story collection or novel, she can
usually be found in the kitchen. She inherited a love for baking from her
mother and grandmothers, and enjoys providing cookies and other sweets to
Stories on Stage Davis, a monthly reading series at the Pence Gallery in
Winn emphasizes that Bake Club is open to everyone, regardless of writing
or baking experience. “I really want it to be a school of un-perfectionism.
Sessions are more than classes—they’re mini-retreats, carved-out hours of
inspiration where you get to make something, write something, and have fun
The April 23 Bake Club is limited to six participants. Early registration
is encouraged and ends April 21. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased at
http://joinbakeclub.eventbrite.com. Winn also offers private Bake Club
sessions to writing groups, book clubs, or anyone who’d like to schedule a
creative afternoon with friends or family.
For more information on Bake Club, visit http://bake-club.tumblr.com.
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