Kate’s summer workshop, The Craft of Writing Place, now open for registration!

Friends and writers, I want to let you know that I am now taking registrations for my summer workshop. Details below. I hope to write with you soon!

Meanwhile–stay tuned for more juicy miscellany in the next day or so…




Wednesday evenings, July 11 – August 29 in Sacramento


The writer Dorothy Allison has said, “Place is emotion. Place is people with desire.” Join Kate Asche in an Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) generative writing workshop for all genres. Expand your craft toolbox by looking at place in your stories, personal essays and poems, and explore how evocative portrayal of place connects voice, character and conflict. Generate new work weekly, and (if you like) receive gentle critique on one short piece of work you’ve already drafted. Talk casually with other writers as you connect more deeply in our writing community. Snacks and tea provided.


Textbook: For this workshop, Kate Asche will create a custom anthology of craft essays and examples of writing place. A $20 copy fee is required from each student to cover the cost of the anthology.


Each meeting, we’ll enjoy brief discussion of that week’s reading selection, which we will have read in advance. Next, we’ll spend time writing new drafts and sharing them (if we wish), as we respond to a prompt related to that week’s discussion topic. Each meeting will close with another write, or with time spent in supportive workshop critique of one or more participant manuscript(s). This class will be facilitated in the AWA method, in which all shared writing is treated with respect and honor. The focus is on the writing itself, and the writer will learn what is strong, what is memorable, and what people admire in his/her first-draft work, as well as receive supportive feedback and strategies for continued work on the submitted manuscript. No one is required to submit a manuscript. Manuscripts will be distributed and read the night of their discussion; manuscripts limited to one piece per person in the course (up to five double-spaced pages).


Class Size is Limited:  This private workshop is limited to 12 participants, plus the facilitator. Writers in all genres and at all levels are invited to participate.


Time and Location: We will write together at the ThinkHouse Collective (1726 11th Street, Sacramento) on Wednesday evenings. Our social time begins at 5:45 p.m., with class beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. We may go till 8:45 p.m. or even a bit later, if the class fills completely. If you wish to participate but cannot arrive before 6:00 p.m., please discuss with Instructor. Permission for late arrival may be granted at Instructor’s discretion, but no discount or make-up instruction will be given for time missed.


Dates: Wednesdays, 5:45-8:30 p.m. ~ July 11 – August 29 (8 meetings)


Workshop Cost and Payment Due Date: Workshop cost: $255 plus $20 copy fee (if postmarked by 6/30/12) or $280 plus $20 copy fee if postmarked 7/1/12 or later. Payment is due at the time of registration.


How Do I Reserve a Space? Email me at asche (dot) kate (at) gmail (dot) com. I will send you a brief registration form. To complete registration (and reserve your place), please return your completed registration form to me along with payment. Registrations are accepted in the order received.

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