Happy summer, writers!
I could not be more thrilled to announce that the eighth session of SCRIBE LAB, my online cross-genre offering, is officially open for registration.
SCRIBE LAB 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 bit like an online workshop and a bit like a virtual residency of sorts, with monthly discussions, readings and writing exercises, and intensive feedback structuring our community, and lots and lots of mutual work hum in the air.
All our interactions take place on a secure, password-protected group site, and virtual writing dates help participants to form deeper connections to both one another as well as their own processes over longer, six-month-long stretches. My vision for this community was born out of my desire to offer an intensive workshop that could accommodate those who were writing hard across forms (and potentially across notions of form), who might not find themselves quite at home in traditional or short workshops, and/or those who might have their hands in several different writing projects at once. The lab is rich, wild, and full of conversation about voice and process. Some writers work close to the monthly lab discussions and exercises, others completely independently of them while using the synergy of the space to feed long-term writing projects.
All of us keep going, together, month after month–and it shows.
The next session, like the one that launched in July ’15 (in which we read our way through the entirely of Graywolf Press’ ‘Art of’ series), will be a special session.
Through special arrangement with Graywolf (which just keeps publishing the things I most want to teach), we’ll be reading and working our way through John D’Agata’s A History of the Essay… a series of three incredible anthologies that collect a wide variety of works by a whole swirling star-system of wildly inventive authors including Virginia Woolf, Francis Ponge, W.E.B. DuBois, Gertrude Stein, Clarice Lispector, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Anne Carson, Gertrude Stein, Lydia Davis, Carole Maso, Mary Ruefle, Kathy Acker, Susan Sontag, and Jenny Boully (among many, many others).
Even though the word ‘essay’ appears on the cover of each of the anthologies we’ll be drawing from for our reading, if you know anything about these authors (or about John D’Agata’s vision of the essay…) you know that we’re going to be diving into a whole cosmos of approaches to the page that will ultimately bend our expectations of and feed our imagination for ANY page we are making. The lab will continue to function as a cross-genre space, open to all writers who want to claim it–poets, prose writers, those working on multiple projects simultaneously, those working in more exploratory veins. I’ll be framing our reading and writing projects from a cross-genre perspective, so that no matter what you’re working on at any given moment, you’ll find lots to chew on.
(If you’d like to peruse the full table of contents for the series to get a further sense of just how little this session is going to have to do with ‘the essay’ as you practiced it in composition class, check it out here.)
Everyone who registers for this special session will receive instructions for how to order the complete series at a handsome discount that is being made available to us by the good people at Graywolf—$55 for all three anthologies + the companion volume, shipping included.
This will be the only chance to jump into SCRIBE LAB for the remainder of 2016—this next session will kick off July 1st and run for six months, clear through the end of the year. If you’d like to register, drop me an email at rgouirand [at] gmail [dot] com to request instructions on how to do so (or to chat about whether the lab would be a good fit for you).
For more details about how we operate, or to read what writers in the lab have said about how we work together, see this page–these folks will tell you everything you need to know. Cheers!