Workshops for Writers
in All Genres/at All Levels
All currently enrolling workshops are listed below. All classes are facilitated in the Amherst Writers and Artists (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 submitted manuscripts. Snacks and tea and unstructured writerly hangout-time included!
The Beginner’s Mind of Poetry: Rediscovering the Basics to Advance Our Practice
(Monthly Workshop for Poets and Writers of Very Short Prose/Hybrid Works, September 2017 through May 2018)
This workshop meets in person in Midtown, Sacramento, each SECOND Saturday morning of the month from September 9, 2017 through May 12, 2018 (no class meeting in January 2018) with at-home assignments and email support from Kate as needed throughout each month. Snacks, tea/water and writerly community included!
We’re going back to basics here, understanding that the learning of craft is a spiral path. We will engage questions like: What is a poem? How do we know when something is a poem? What is the line and how does it work? What are sound and music in poetry, and how do they work? What is form in poetry, and how does it work? And more! Get ready to read craft/criticism books and poetry books, draft new poems, and revise these poems.
In preparation for the Sep-Dec meetings, we’ll read one craft book and one collection each month to discuss in class, plus complete two poem or very short prose/hybrid drafts—Kate will provide an exercise plus a simple prompt each month to respond to. We will simply share these drafts and celebrate them (no feedback) in those monthly sessions. In the period from the Dec meeting to the Feb meeting (we are skipping Jan due to holiday weekend), we will read another craft book and collection, and complete another two drafts, *and* revise our ten class drafts as best we can (using resources Kate will provide) for submission at the Feb meeting for class critique. We’ll critique half the packets in March and the other half in April. In May, at our final meeting, we’ll present three pages of our current revisions in class for on-the-spot feedback and celebration. You’ll enjoy email support from Kate and class through the weeks between meetings, and we’ll all share submission opportunities and address submission questions as they come up.
What We’ll Be Reading: The book list is still developing, and here’s what’s on it for sure thus far: The Sounds of Poetry, Robert Pinsky (FSG); The Art of the Poetic Line, James Longenbach (Graywolf); A Little Book on Form, Robert Hass (Ecco). We’ll discuss all books in class.
Workshop Cost and Payment Due Date: The cost of this workshop is $499 for returning students and $549 for first-time students, plus books and manuscript printing. (Referred by a friend? Ask about my referral program—you may both be eligible for discounts!) Minimum 50% deposit due at time of registration, with the balance due at or before the first class meeting on September 9, 2017. Return your completed registration form by mail along with payment. Registrations are accepted in the order received.
Class Size is Limited: These private workshops are limited to 9 participants (with the exception of generative and project support workshops, which are limited to 11), plus the facilitator. Writers in all genres and at all levels are invited to participate.
How Do I Reserve a Space? Email kate (@) kateasche (dot) com and request the brief registration form and receive the complete reading list. To complete registration (and reserve your place), return your completed registration form by mail along with payment. Registrations are accepted in the order received and payment is due at time of registration. (Referred by a friend? Ask about my referral program—you may both be eligible for discounts!) **Note: PayPal and credit cards accepted; there is a small processing fee. For details, email kate (@) kateasche (d0t) com.**
Time and Location: We will work together in Kate’s upstairs writing loft at 18th & J in Midtown Sacramento. Class gathers beginning at 9:45 a.m. to begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.; class goes until 1:30 p.m. There is currently $5 all day weekend parking available in a private lot right next to the classroom, plus many other meter options, most of which are more expensive. (Notes: Parking options subject to change by the City of Sacramento. Instructor is not responsible for your parking choice or any additional fees/citations, etc., that may be incurred for parking infractions. If you wish to participate but cannot arrive by start time, 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.)
2017-18 Friday Workshop Series:
Drafting School – Finishing School – Editing School
for Writers in All Genres/at All Levels
~Take any one class, any two, or all three!~
$285 for past participants and $325 for new students for each Friday workshop listed!
Registration details & more at the bottom of this page.
Drafting School: A Weekly Generative Workshop for All Writers
WEEKLY on Fridays, August 4 – September 22, 2017 (8 sessions)
Join this workshop to “write your art out” for 45 minutes each meeting, followed by time to share–if you wish–a portion of what you have just written and hear from classmates what they like, what’s strong and what they remember! This is a classic Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) generative writing workshop, in which you’ll receive an inspirational “on chair” (a brief piece of prose or poetry to help you bring your mind from the outside world into your writing world) plus a prompt, quiet time to write, and time for facilitated sharing in which all shared writing is treated with respect and honor. You’re guaranteed to write a whole bunch of new pages in this workshop! As the focus is purely on generating new work, no outside reading or writing is required–though both will be encouraged!
Finishing School: A Monthly Project Support Workshop for All Writers
Based on the Book, Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can’t Seem to Get Done
MONTHLY on FIRST Fridays, October 6, 2017 – April 6, 2018 (6 sessions, plus coaching meeting)
No meeting in January, 2018–instead, enjoy a 30-minute one-on-one coaching meeting with Kate, included in course fee!
Is your soul calling you to engage in a creative project that you just can’t seem to finish? Maybe you can’t write the first word or you find that you are drifting in the wilds of the middle, unsure what to write next. If you deeply desire to finish but just can’t seem to find the time or the way, then you need Finishing School.
What is Finishing School?
Created by Cary Tennis and Danelle Morton, Finishing School helps you tame the (often self-inflicted) madness of creative practice by offering a new way to address writers block. In an intimate workshop setting we set reasonable goals and every week of every month, we finish something, building up the habit of finishing and vanquishing the fear. We’ll read their book, Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can’t Seem to Get Done, which explores in detail the Six Emotional Pitfalls that keep you from finishing: doubt, shame, fear, judgment, arrogance and yearning. The facilitator creates a safe space where we’ll come together as equals, each pursuing our own creative dreams, to collaborate with and support each other in making and honoring meaningful commitments to our individual projects.
Unlike most writing workshops and groups, in Finishing School, we do not read each other’s work. Why? Because sharing the work before its time—before the goal has been reached—can create all kinds of dynamics, between individuals and within groups, that impede our ability to actually finish. What we do instead is hear from you about your success that day/week/month and celebrate your experience of your achievement—and support you without judgment through the tough spots that stand in the way of every writer.
As an experienced writer, teacher and editor, and as a marketing professional at UC Davis, Kate knows how to get projects done! And, Finishing School is the breakthrough method she’s been looking for to help her and fellow creative folks like you identify, authentically address and overcome barriers to measurable and meaningful progress on the projects that matter most.
How does it work?
At the first meeting, we describe what we’re working on and, with the facilitator’s help, define specific writing tasks and a schedule for the month. You are paired with a creative buddy to text when you start work and when you end. This mild form of accountability keeps you focused between classes. At each monthly meeting, we share our successes, reassess the needs of our projects, and set new goals for the next month. Along the way, take advantage of a one-on-one coaching meeting with Kate (by phone and included in course fee) and always-available email support. At the final course meeting, enjoy a grand celebration of your achievements!
Editing School: A Weekly Revision Workshop for All Writers
WEEKLY on Fridays, May 4 – June 8, 2018 (6 sessions)
All manuscripts for first round critique discussions will be due to instructor via email ten days before class starts.
This is the workshop in which you take what you’ve drafted in Drafting School, and/or what you’ve finished in Finishing School, and make it stronger! This unique (and, frankly, somewhat experimental) revision workshop will operate differently than most. Its goal is to give you the power–and challenge–of being in the driver’s seat of your own critique discussion and make you a stronger editor of your own work!
Participants will share their manuscripts with the workshop twice. The first time, instructor and classmates will simply read the manuscript in preparation for class. In class, the writer will present a narrative self-critique of the manuscript which will, using a template Kate will provide, articulate what the writer wants to change, and why, and specific ways s/he will play with making those changes. Instructor and class will generate, based on their reading of the manuscript, additional options that support these desired changes. For the second round of critique, instructor and classmates will read and respond to the revised manuscript, which will include the narrative self-critique previously completed, in terms of how well they see the writer’s changes achieving her/his desired ends. Instructor and classmates will offer additional strategies for reaching these goals as well as provide additional feedback using a second template Kate will provide. Manuscripts will be limited to 25 pages of prose (size 12, double spaced, one inch margins) or ten pages (no formatting restrictions) of poetry or hybrid work.
Workshop Cost and Payment Due Date: Join us at the workshop table! $285 for past participants and $325 for new students for each Friday workshop listed above; registration form and payment is required to hold your place.
Class Size is Limited: These private workshops are limited to 9 participants (with the exception of generative workshops, which are limited to 11), plus the facilitator. Writers in all genres and at all levels are invited to participate.
How Do I Reserve a Space? Email kate (@) kateasche (dot) com and request the brief registration form. To complete registration (and reserve your place), return your completed registration form by mail along with payment. Registrations are accepted in the order received and payment is due at time of registration. (Referred by a friend? Ask about my referral program—you may both be eligible for discounts!) **Note: PayPal and credit cards accepted; there is a small processing fee. For details, email kate (@) kateasche (d0t) com.**
Time and Location: We will write together in Kate’s upstairs writing loft at 18th & J in Midtown Sacramento on FRIDAY AFTERNOONS; classes begin at 4:30 p.m. and run until 7:00 p.m. Arrive at a little early to park and pay the meter. Parking policies have changed recently, so please familiarize yourself with street meter (they take credit card) and garage options and policies at http://www.cityofsacramento.org/Public-Works/Parking-Services. (This probably goes without saying, but just in case: Kate is not responsible for your parking choice or any tickets, but she can refer you to more information, so contact her if you need it!)