SPEAKER 11/18: "Mission: Utopia—Writing to Share an Urgent Vision" with Pat Ravasio
As a young journalist, Patricia Ravasio was electrified by a day with iconic American genius and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), who urged her to share the vision of his urgent messages with the world, hoping to help humanity awaken in time. When Fuller’s dire predictions came true on 9/11, Ravasio realized she must face up to her commitment, and began her writing journey in earnest. Her memoir, The Girl from Spaceship Earth, launched on 9/11/17 to celebrate the Buckminster Fuller Institute moving to San Francisco, and was praised by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. Anyone who is writing with a mission to change the world knows that sometimes this path of intensity can threaten your relationships and sanity. Any writer who has experienced an epiphany will benefit from hearing Pat’s struggle to climb out of comfort zones, find her voice, and live up to her promise.
Patricia’s book, The Girl from Spaceship Earth, brings forth the largely forgotten wisdom of a late American genius often called the Leonardo da Vinci of the twentieth century. It is a true story of her encounters with Buckminster Fuller; the urgent messages for humanity he shares with her during a 1982 meeting in Chicago; how she promises to share his messages and wisdom with the world; and how discoveries along the way challenged her to the core.
About Pat Ravasio
Ravasio has won awards for her radio reporting, advertising copywriting, and community volunteerism. She wrote a long-running weekly column for her community newspaper, and writes occasional guest opinion pieces for the Marin Independent Journal. Pat is the mother of three grown daughters and lives with her husband of thirty years in Corte Madera.
Learn more about Buckminster Fuller, Pat Ravasio or her book at BuckyIdeas.com.
But Wait, There’s More!
Get Marketing Support, Get Your Craft Questions Answered, and Network with Other Writers…
Be sure to arrive early to participate in the Craft and Marketing groups. These are interactive conversations where you can talk to other writers to resolve the issues in your writing and your writers career. Make the commitment to be join us every third Sunday; your writing career is important and you deserve this. Non-members and guests can audit any of our critique & support groups before joining.
Enjoy the buzz of our networking time from 2-2:30 p.m. Have some coffee and make some great connections!
12:00–1:00 – Craft Support Group
1:00–2:00 – Marketing Success Group
2:00–2:30 – Writer Networking
2:30–3:00 – Welcome, Raffle & Club Announcements
3:00–3:15 – CWC Featured member Gary Durbin
3:15–4:00 – Featured Speaker Patricia Ravasio
NEW: 4:15 – CWC Open Mic
Meetings are $5 for members, $10 for non-members*
- Coffee is provided, bring cookies and treats to share!
- Admission includes 1 free raffle ticket; additional tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Win a book written by our club authors!
*Empty pockets? Ask about our sponsored guest program at the door. We are committed to supporting writers.
Our meetings are right off 980 in downtown Oakland, at beautiful Preservation Park. Just off 12th Street, naturally you can get there from the 12th St. BART station. Those with limited ability can use the parking lot off of MLK Way; otherwise there should be plenty of FREE parking within the park and on surrounding streets.
- Preservation_Park_Map (good for printing)
- This map has an arrow to our building
- Here’s another cute map
- Google Map