Master Teachers are visiting writers with rich publication and teaching histories. Peter Ho Davies, Marisa Silver, Robert Boswell, Brenda Miller, Karen Bender, C. Michael Curtis, John Freeman, Kevin McIlvoy, Nancy Zafris, Peter Orner, Tom Barbash, and Lynn Freed have all participated in the series.
Workshops take place over a weekend, include both Saturday and Sunday, from (approximately) 10AM-4PM with a 75 minute break for lunch. Each student is given 30 minutes of instructor-focused workshop discussion and written comments on their work. Workshops are capped at twelve students, and student manuscripts are distributed and read in advance. There is also a craft lecture during every workshop.
There is a reading and/or cocktail party the Friday before the workshop, so that everyone has a chance to meet and chat. While the workshop focus is serious, the vibe is open and welcoming. If you are traveling to or new to Sacramento or Master Teacher workshops, the series facilitator Valerie Fioravanti will make sure you are welcomed and introduced to other writers before workshop begins.
As the series facilitator, I am thrilled to relaunch Master Teacher Weekend Workshops with Brenda Miller (creative nonfiction).
February 22-23, 2020
Location: Midtown Sacramento
Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, including An Earlier Life, Listening Against the Stone, Blessing of the Animals, and Season of the Body. She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (Third Edition published 2019) and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University, and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop Low Residency MFA program.
Brenda’s craft lecture is titled Nuances of Point of View in Creative Nonfiction. This is Brenda’s third appearance as a Master Teacher. Students commend her forthright, yet gentle workshop feedback style.
Early bird payment for the workshop is $425 before December 15th, $450 after. Use the contact form below to apply.