The four-month-long sessions will run September 11-December 18 (Sunday evenings, from 7-9 PM) in Davis, and September 14-December 21 (Wednesday evenings, from 7-9 PM) in Sacramento at the Sacramento Poetry Center.
CNF is a weekly, year-round workshop that provides area writers with the chance to build and sustain readerships attuned to longer-term conversations about new work at any stage – and to keep you writing your way forward in close-knit community, week after week, in conversation with living literature. 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 Sundays in Davis or Wednesdays in Sacramento (please specify which). Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received, and the course fee is due at the time of registration. I remain committed to affordable course fee structures, and am offering a discounted registration period now through August 30th. Early registration is strongly encouraged in all cases and for both locations. The reading list for the fall session will be announced closer to the start of the session, after early registration has closed and registrations have been confirmed.
If you’re curious about how we operate, feel free to drop me an email and introduce yourself (I’m happy to answer questions). I look forward to an extraordinary fall spent in the company of extraordinary new pages.