An online reincarnation of a program I directed at the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center, Keywords is open to all teens in the LGBT community far and wide who’d like to explore creative writing in good company.

Every month, participating writers will enjoy a series of new writing exercises and prompts and share works-in-progress on our password-protected group site. All exercises and prompts will invite writing in all forms, so participants will be free to move between genres, to dabble, to try out new forms and subjects and approaches, and to come back to individual pieces over time. The group site will serve as an interactive space where each writer can plug into daily writing and conversation about the creative process, on whatever schedule works best for them, and where they can gather feedback (or momentum) from their follow writers. Our focus will be genesis rather than critique, and our primary aim to help each other develop confidence in our individual visions and voices while writing together, steadily, for a long enough stretch of time to engage and embrace the creative process.

All participants will learn how to serve as advocates of each others’ creative work and as peer mentors. Along the way, we will enjoy occasional conversations with LGBT authors, links and recommendations for lots of great reading, tips about opportunities for teen writers to publish, and possibly a group anthology, depending on group interest.

The Keywords workshop is currently on hiatus, but I’m more than happy to chat with or answer questions from any prospective teen writer or guardian/parent who’d like to touch base: just email me at rgouirand [at] gmail [dot] com.


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