Winter/spring sessions of CREATIVE NONFICTION and SCRIBE LAB now open for registration (+ little giveaways + upcoming Evenings With Our Authors with Paul Lisicky)

img_3701Hello, all!

It’s time for me to make the biggest announcement of the year: the upcoming winter/spring sessions of my CREATIVE NONFICTION workshop (both sections, in Davis and Sacramento), and my online, cross-genre workshop SCRIBE LAB are *all* open for registration as of this morning.

The upcoming session of my long-term, ongoing CREATIVE NONFICTION workshop will serve as a continuation of the current session on difficult memoirs. We just can’t pull ourselves away from this territory right now! Those of you who were in Difficult Memoirs I or II already know that we will focus on the question of how to scale difficult content for the crucible of the full-length book. If you are trying to figure out how to write as an ‘I’ without reducing your work to sensationalism, or if you simply want to swim around in writing that proves that the imagination of narrative can transform any story, you really should be with us—regardless of whether or not you are yourself writing something you would call a ‘difficult memoir.’ Like all preceding sessions in this workshop’s thirteen-year history, the upcoming session 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… as well as an EVENINGS WITH OUR AUTHORS event with author Paul Lisicky on April 23rd that you’ll automatically be registered for if you’re in the session. (Yeah–I’m unbelievably excited too. So excited to bring Paul to our circle this spring!)

The Davis section of CNF meets Tuesday nights 6:30—8:30 PM, January 3—April 25. The Sacramento section meets Wednesday nights 6:30—8:30 PM, January 4—April 26. And the first person to register for each section will receive a surprise treat, just because.

SCRIBE LAB, my online, cross-genre workshop, is a hearty, dynamic space for writers all over the world to join hands, dive in, and make major progress 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 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), hard monthly 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 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. In the coming session, I’ll be unveiling six brand-new labs that I’ve brainstormed over the last year—the very best of the best of the dozens and dozens of labs that I’ve got the seeds of stashed away for the future. The future is right now, friends—we’re going to write our guts out together.

The ninth (!) session of SCRIBE LAB kicks off January 1st and lasts clear through the end of June 2017. (And the first person to register for SL is in for a surprise treat too, also just because.)

Want to register for one of these workshops?—drop me an email (at rgouirand@gmail.com) to request the registration form for the group you’re interested in. Don’t wait!–these groups tend to fill. Registration deadline for all: Friday, 12/16/16.

As always, all my very very best to all of you.

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