The four-month-long session will run May 8-August 21 (Sunday evenings, from 7-9 PM) in Davis, and May 11-August 24 (Wednesday evenings, from 7-9 PM) in Sacramento at the Sacramento Poetry Center.
CNF is a weekly, year-round workshop that provides area writers the chance to build and sustain readerships attuned to longer-term conversations about new work at any stage – and to keep said writers (you!) writing your way forward in close-knit community, week after week. We read the very best creative nonfiction being published today, practice workshopping in a way that is generous, supportive, and focused on the writer’s goals, and take home a wide variety of writing exercises to fuel us during the week and inspire our sense of possibility. Many in this workshop joined years ago and have used its structure to develop book-length memoir projects, but the group is also open to writers who identify as beginning essayists and would like to find support for exploring their writing lives one piece at a time. We make room to explore the many intersections of poetry and prose, lyric and argument, story and truth, investigation and meditation, and the personal and the universal in our thinking about this genre, and are open to those who work primarily in other genres, since the concerns of the essay have such impressive reaches. A diverse crowd of professors, therapists, artists, lawyers, journalists, historians, parents, knitters, foodies, scientists, and other fantastic people, we come together each week to invest in the development of our voices and visions… and to enjoy some really, really incredible writing.
If you’d like to register, drop me an email [at rgouirand (at) gmail (dot) com] to request the official registration form for either Davis or Sacramento (please specify which). Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received, and the course fee is due with the registration form. I remain committed to affordable course fee structures, and am proud to offer intensive programming that averages out to the cost of a lunch out each week (see the registration form for your workshop for course fee details) as well as a discounted registration period through April 22nd. I will run a second session in Davis on Sundays from 4-6 PM if there is sufficient demand for an additional timeslot during the early registration period; early registration is strongly encouraged in all cases and for both locations. The reading list will be announced closer to the start of the session, after early registration has closed (which, luckily, buys me a couple more weeks to make decisions from the incredible backlog of new literature I want to teach!).
The kinds of dynamic intelligence and rooted practice that have become the trademark of these workshops inspires me every. single. day. I’m excited to watch the little workshop that could celebrate its seventh birthday this June, and to be looking forward to watching what happens on all of our pages over the next few months.
If you’re just tuning in and are curious about how we roll, feel free to drop me an email and introduce yourself (I’m happy to answer questions), or check back in a couple days for some more info – I’m planning to post some FAQs and some info about my philosophy as a workshop instructor in days to come.