Upcoming sessions of CREATIVE NONFICTION, the MASTER WORKSHOP FOR POETS, and the online, cross-genre SCRIBE LAB now open for registration!

IMG_1330Hello, all!

It’s time for me to make that it-only-comes-once-a-year triple-decker announcement: the upcoming winter/spring sessions of my CREATIVE NONFICTION workshop (in Sacramento), the MASTER WORKSHOP FOR POETS (in Davis), and my online, cross-genre SCRIBE LAB are *all* officially open for registration as of this morning.

Following recent sessions on the standalone personal essay and the difficult memoir, the upcoming session of my long-term, ongoing CREATIVE NONFICTION workshop will focus very simply on new nonfictions: we’ll be reading the very best of what’s coming out right now and thinking together about where the essay–personal, critical, and ever-wondrous–is going from here. The upcoming session, like all that have preceded it in this workshop’s *eleven-year* history, will provide 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 your project(s) moving forward, clear through the spring. If you’re curious, here are some more details about how we roll, and some words from past participants that might give you a sense of what our circle feels like. Meets Wednesday nights 6:30—8:30 PM, January 7–April 22 in Sacramento. (Carpooling from Davis may be available.)

The MASTER WORKSHOP FOR POETS returns this winter with a session I’m calling ‘the hardest letter’—a session in which we’ll be thinking about the ‘I’ in poetry, as well as the territory in which poetry and memoir cross, while reading a variety of collections by contemporary women poets whose work mines that ground in especially fruitful ways. This workshop is deeply generative, communal, and connective—we write brand-new poems together 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. The group is capped, intimate, and as cozy as it comes. More details, as well as some words from past participants, are available here for your perusal. Meets Tuesday nights 6-8 PM, January 6–April 21 in Davis. (Carpooling from Sacramento might be available.)

SCRIBE LAB, my online, cross-genre offering, is a hearty, dynamic space for writers all over the world to join hands, dig in, and make major progress either 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 and necessary form of support for new writing, this group operates a little bit 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), monthly assignments and hard due dates to support the making of new pages, and intensive feedback structuring our community. All our interactions take place on a secure, password-protected group site, and virtual ‘writing dates’ help participants to form deeper connections to one another and their own visions for their work over longer, six-month-long stretches. There is nothing else like it out there. For more details, and to check out some feedback offered by past participants, see this page. Doors open January 1st; the upcoming session lasts clear through the end of June.

If you want to dive into any of these groups, I’d love to have you: just drop me an email at rgouirand@gmail.com if you have any questions and/or if you need to request the registration form for any of these programs (just remember to specify which!). The registration deadline is Saturday, December 20th for all three workshops. If you are committed to starting the next year diving deep into your writing life, I encourage you not to wait until the last minute to register—the sooner I know you’re in, the better.

All my very very best to all of you—it has been a brilliant fall from start to finish on my end, and I am really looking forward to an unbelievably rich new year in the company of all of you and your new pages.



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