It’s the announcement that only comes twice a year!—the upcoming summer/fall sessions of Creative Nonfiction (both sections, in Davis and Sacramento), and my online, cross-genre workshop Scribe Lab are all open for registration as of this morning.
I’m incredibly happy to be looking toward the second half of 2018. It’s going to be full of celebrations— not only am I going to be releasing two new collections (and hopefully seeing many of you at the big double release party I’m planning for this fall in California), but I’m also overjoyed to see CNF, my oldest, longest-running workshop—the one from which all my other independent workshops have sprung—turn 15 this fall. It’s quite something to think about everything that has come out of it for so many writers, both on the ground here in California and around the world.
More info to follow about those celebrations soon—this is a registration announcement.
The upcoming session of CREATIVE NONFICTION has no official central theme—because it’s been awhile since we’ve had a session where we’ve focused simply on reading the very best new nonfiction, and I have a pile as high as the ceiling of titles I have been waiting to bring to the table. Like all preceding sessions in this workshop’s deep history, the upcoming session will provide participating writers with regular deadlines and inspirations for new writing, the structure to develop a variety of shorter works (or longer pieces, one stretch at a time) and lots of feedback to support any number of project(s) moving forward, clear through the end of 2018. If you’ve been waiting to jump in, now is a *great* time to join us.
The Davis section of CNF meets Tuesday nights 6:30—8:30 PM, July 24—December 18. The Sacramento section meets Wednesday nights 6:30—8:30 PM, July 25—December 19.
SCRIBE LAB, my online, cross-genre workshop, is a hearty, dynamic space for writers all over the world to join hands, dive in, and make major progress on existing projects (or in new explorations) in any genre. Designed to meet the needs of those for whom online community is the most sustainable form of support for new writing, this group operates a little like a virtual residency of sorts, with monthly ‘labs’ (which offer pushes for your content, form, and process, and which are written to the pulse of the group), hard monthly due dates to support the making of new pages, and intensive feedback structuring our community. In the coming session, I’ll be unveiling new labs centered on the newest four volumes of the Graywolf Press ‘Art Of’ series—the titles that have been published since the Summer/Fall 2015 session of the lab, in which we read and worked through the (phenomenal) first ten. Though it’s not required that those registering for the lab read along, the treatises we’ll be working with (on perspective, mystery, death, and history) will provide all writers in the session with some pretty tasty food for thought as we write through the second half of the year.
The twelfth (!) session of SCRIBE LAB launches July 1st and sails clear through the end of December 2018.
Want to register for one of these workshops?—drop me an email (at rgouirand at gmail) to request the registration form for the group that has your name on it. I strongly advise not waiting until the last minute to do so, as these groups tend to fill, and the first person to register for each workshop will be getting a surprise from me. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
As always, all my very very best to all of you. It is my deepest hope that 2018 will find each and every one of us ushering in the new world page after page after page, all the way to its end.