Master Teachers

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 two repeat writers requested by former participants. Kevin (Mc) McIlvoy (fiction) December 7-8, 2019 and Brenda Miller (creative nonfiction) February 22-23, 2020. The other writers I invite in 2020 will be series newcomers.

Upcoming Workshops
Kevin McIlvoy
December 7-8, 2019
Location: Midtown Sacramento
mcKevin McIlvoy has published five novels: A Waltz, The Fifth Station, Little Peg, Hyssop, At the Gate of All Wonder and a short story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, and other literary magazines. His short-short stories and prose poems have appeared in The CollagistKenyon Review OnlineWaxwing, and various online literary magazines. A collection of his prose poems and short-short stories, 57 Octaves Below Middle C, has been published by Four Way Books. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction.

mcgateHe has taught in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program in Creative Writing since 1989; he taught as a Regents Professor of Creative Writing in the New Mexico State University MFA Program from 1981 to 2008.  He has served as a fiction faculty member at national conferences, including the Ropewalk Writing Conference (Indiana), the Rising Stars Writing Conference (Arizona State University), the Writers at Work (Utah) Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writing Conference (Vermont).

For twenty-seven years he was fiction editor and editor in chief of the national literary magazine Puerto del Sol. He has been a manuscript consultant for University of Nevada Press, University of Arizona Press, University of New Mexico Press, Indiana State University Press, University of Missouri Press, and other publishers. Since 2016 he has been a fiction editor for Orison Books. He served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. He has lived in Asheville, North Carolina since 2007. He mentors fiction writers at all levels and edits fiction book manuscripts as mcthebookmechanic.com.

Mc5197JYY4C0L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_‘s craft lecture is titled An Editor’s Retrospective, and will reflect–thirty-eight years into his work as a fiction editor–on the pleasures and challenges he experiences in responding to the rich set of possibilities present in rough drafts. As a former student of Mc’s, I cannot emphasize enough how infectious Mc’s love for the written word can be. He is a marvel, and I’m so happy he’s the first writer in this series relaunch.

Early bird payment for the workshop is $425, due by October 15. After, payment is $450. Please use the contact form below to apply.

Brenda Miller
February 22-23, 2020
Location: Midtown Sacamento

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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.

imagesbmBrenda’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.

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