Winter/Spring 2018 sessions of Creative Nonfiction (in Davis + Sacramento) + Scribe Lab open for registration

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It’s my biggest announcement of the year–the upcoming Winter/Spring 2018 sessions of my (now 15-year-old) Creative Nonfiction workshop (both sections, in Davis and Sacramento), and my (now five-year-old) online, cross-genre workshop Scribe Lab are open for registration.

For the first time, both workshops will be centered on the same theme: writings of wonder and resistance. I can think of few questions more worth our attention right now than how to connect our internal sources of inspiration and trouble and our public/collective powers as meaning-makers. 

If you haven’t been in workshop with me before, those who have been are happy to share their experiences with you here (CREATIVE NONFICTION) and here (SCRIBE LAB).

The Davis section of CNF meets Tuesday nights 6:30-8:30 PM, January 9-June 26. The Sacramento section meets Wednesday nights 6:30-8:30 PM, January 10-June 27.

The eleventh (!) session of SCRIBE LAB kicks off January 1st and lasts clear through the end of June 2018.

Want to register for one of these workshops?–drop me an email at rgouirand [at] gmail [dot] com to request the registration form for the group you’re interested in. I wholeheartedly encourage you not to wait until the last minute to register, as all of these groups tend to fill. The registration deadline for all: 12/20/17. 

As always, all my very very best to all of you. It is my deepest hope that 2018 will find each and every one of us ushering in the new world page after page after page.

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It only happens twice a year: special session of SCRIBE LAB officially open for registration

IMG_3892Happy summer, friends.

I’m incredibly happy to announce that the tenth 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 participants 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 upcoming session is going to be unlike any of the special sessions I have offered before. This time around, participating scribes will be writing in tandem with their own self-determined reading lists, and we will dip into a series of labs exploring the force of synchronicity. For returning scribes, this session will provide more than ample permission to enrich and deepen their relationships to projects already in progress; for new scribes it will serve as an opportunity to jump directly into the question of what it is that we are doing when we write.

 

This will be the only chance to jump into SCRIBE LAB for the remainder of 2017—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 the registration form 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!

Summer sessions of Creative Nonfiction in Davis + Sacramento open for registration, featuring work by you (!)

IMG_4004Dear writers–

I’m so happy to share the news that the upcoming summer session of my CREATIVE NONFICTION workshop is officially open for registration.

The theme this summer: ESSAYS BY WOMEN. We’ll be slowing down to focus on exceptional standalone pieces this time around, taking our readings from one anthology as well as from an online compendium of work by writers who have been in CNF and Scribe Lab with me over the years. (You read that right—you’re on the syllabus! And I could not be more excited to see how this session inspires all of you to push new work out into the world.)

The Davis section meets Tuesday nights from 6:30—8:30 PM, May 9—August 22. The Sacramento section meets Wednesday nights from 6:30–8:30 PM, May 10—August 23.

Interested in jumping in? Drop me an email at rgouirand@gmail.com to request the registration form, which covers all the rest of the details. The registration deadline (which is an in-my-hands deadline, not a postmark deadline) is Friday, April 21st.

All my best springtime thoughts to all of you–I hope you’re writing up a storm.

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.

Fall session of Creative Nonfiction (‘Difficult Memoirs II’) + Evenings With Our Authors with Sarah Arvio now open for registration

IMG_3290Hello, friends–

I’m pleased to say that the fall sessions of my Creative Nonfiction workshops in Davis and Sacramento are officially open for registration.

Our theme this fall: difficult memoirs. Those of you who were in the first session centered on this theme in fall 2014 have been asking for a sequel ever since, and I couldn’t be more excited to return to 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 this fall. Like all that have preceded it in this workshop’s now twelve-year history, this session will provide you with regular deadlines and inspirations for your new writing, as well as lots of feedback to support its development moving forward, clear through the fall.

I’m also excited to announce that in conjunction with this session, we’ll enjoy an Evenings With Our Authors event on Sunday December 11th with Sarah Arvio, whose incredible book night thoughts will be one of the titles on our list this session. To streamline planning, I’m building registration for Sarah’s EWOA into the course fee for the session–so if you’re in CNF this fall, you’ll automatically be registered for it. (If you’re not, but you’ve been in workshop recently and would like to see whether I might be able to fit you in to the plan for that evening, drop me an email and ask-I will know for sure in late August.)

CNF in Davis will meet Tuesdays 7-9 PM, September 6-December 20, at a friendly little Davis treehouse where I keep the kettle going.

CNF in Sacramento will meet Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM, September 7-December 21, at a lovely private home in East Sac that welcomes us over and over.

Want to jump in? Drop me an email at rgouirand@gmail.com to request the registration form, which covers all the rest of the details. Early registration ends Friday, August 19. (If this fall is anything like recent fall sessions, all spots will fill before the deadline, so I sincerely advise not waiting until the last minute to register.)

Looking forward to everything to come!

xo R

Just a few pictures from Evenings With Our Authors…

…with Novella Carpenter, Pam Houston, + Wendy C. Ortiz this year!

 

Thanks so much, everyone, for making this such a stellar year for the series (and thanks again, Novella + Pam + Wendy, for coming to break bread and talk with us about this work we all share).

Stay tuned for announcements about next year’s EWOA events. Til then–

xoxox R

It only happens twice a year (and this time it’s a special session!): SCRIBE LAB open for registration

IMG_2304     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!