Spring/summer sessions of CREATIVE NONFICTION and the MASTER WORKSHOP FOR POETS open for registration… with some twists

IMG_0824My dear writerfolk!

The upcoming spring/summer sessions of my CREATIVE NONFICTION workshop in Sacramento and MASTER WORKSHOP FOR POETS in Davis are officially open for registration. Please note both workshops will be taking some new turns this next time around!

The upcoming session of my long-term, ongoing CREATIVE NONFICTION workshop will focus on the standalone essay: what kinds of attention, scopes of vision, and relationships to resolution transform ‘personal’ essays into compelling portraits of consciousness. Taking to heart Annie Dillard’s advice about spending it all on every page, we’ll produce spinal work aimed straight for the very reasons we write and live. All readings this time around will come from links posted to a new password-protected site created specifically for this workshop—a resource that will remain yours long after the summer’s close, and that will orient you more clearly to the landscape of literary publishing. The upcoming session, like all that have preceded it in this workshop’s now eleven-year history, will provide you with regular deadlines and inspirations for your new writing and lots of feedback to support its development moving forward–but will, for the first time, also include two weeks of exclusive attention to the intensive revision of works-in-progress. Our new group site will keep notes on our discussions, all our exercises, all our links, and all your fellow writers’ new pages available to you no matter where you might wander this summer. Curious? Here are some more details about how we roll. Meets Wednesday nights 7-9 PM, May 14—August 27, at a lovely private home in Sacramento. (Please note: two sessions in late July will be managed virtually. Please see the registration form for details.)

The MASTER WORKSHOP FOR POETS has taken on a life of its own during its first year and has already served as seedbed for the writing of nearly 500 new poems by the brilliant poets that have stepped into its circle! This is a deeply generative workshop: we write brand-new poems every single week, and share drafts with great frequency, which means that you can expect a significant acceleration of your creative growth, and in all likelihood some real transformation of your creative process–as well as a great opportunity to bend your own zones of resistance in ways that might transform more than your poetry. This time around we’ll be embracing the culture of all things slow—think slow poetics—and will lean into what it means to engage poetry from a cyclical perspective, and how we might foster more circular engagements with our readers. Our readings will come from links posted each week to a new password-protected site created specifically for this workshop—a resource assembling the most affecting and reaching poetries coming into being right now that will remain yours long after the session’s end. Our new group site will keep notes on our discussions, all our exercises, all our links, and all your fellow writers’ new pages available to you no matter where you might wander this summer. This group is capped and intimate. More details are available here. Meets Tuesday nights 6-8 PM, May 13—August 26 in Davis. (Please note: two sessions with dates in late July will be managed virtually. Please see the registration form for details.)

(SCRIBE LAB, my online cross-genre offering for writers all over the world, will open for registration again in June for the next six-month-long session stretching July-to-December 2014. I’m happy to chat before then with anyone who’s interested in seeing what that space is about or discussing how it might serve a deepening writing life—just email me or check out some general info here.)

Interested in jumping in? Drop me an email at rgouirand@gmail.com to request the registration form (please specify for which workshop!), which covers all the rest of the details. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 30th; early registration is *strongly* encouraged.

All my best to everyone, and happy spring.

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