Writers Read offers creative writing workshops and writers groups in Fallbrook for beginning and seasoned writers, because writing is not for sissies—it’s for everyone!

2017 Workshop Schedule

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Writing Craft and Critique—final two workshops of the year

 

Fallbrook writers group

Writing Craft and Critique is a five-week workshop that blends writing craft with read and critique. To accommodate demand, there will be two workshops, offered at two distinct times (see below).

In Writing Craft and Critique, you will use your experiences—real and imagined—as a platform for practicing the basics of creative writing and improving your writing craft.

Whether fiction or creative nonfiction, you’ll be writing about remembered moments and scenes inspired by writing prompts, while exploring plot, setting, character and dialogue.

You’ll also share your writing projects with the group and learn from each other through guided read and critique.

This workshop is limited to six people.

Fee: $80, paid in advance to confirm registration

Dates (see two time options below): Five Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4

Workshop 1 time: From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Workshop 2 time: From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Location: K-B’s home in Fallbrook.

To register: Contact K-B at kbgressitt@gmail.com or call 760-522-1064.

NOTE: Both workshops will meet on the same five dates, workshop 1 in the morning and workshop 2 in the afternoon.

Advance registration payment is refundable if registration is cancelled by October 2.

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Writing for Our Lives – April-May 2017 —completed

Women’s voices are censored—often silenced—in a multitude of spirit-crushing ways. This workshop encourages women of all ages to explore our voices, our experiences, our spirits, and to write our stories, loud and clear.

Creative writing is a process of self-exploration and preservation. It’s healing and enlightening, and it’s also great fun, particularly when shared with other women.

This four-week workshop helps women explore their writing voices. It is for all women, seasoned writers and new, age 16 and older. Through a series of writing and sensory exercises, we’ll explore the ways of expressing the things we’ve always wanted to say. Whether our words are sorrowful or funny or frightening, erotic or peaceful or agitating, we are writing for our lives.

Fee: Free, thanks to the Whitten Welch Foundation, Friends of the Fallbrook Library and the Fallbrook Branch of the  San Diego County Library

Dates: Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 4, 18, 25 and May 2.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission

To register: You must register in advance at the library’s front desk or call 760-731-4650. The workshop is limited to 10 people, so register early.

For more information, call Kit-Bacon Gressitt at 760-522-1064.

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Summer Read and Critique —completed

Join a group of committed writers who appreciate constructive input and writerly camaraderie.

Share pages weekly in a supportive workshop environment, receive guided feedback, and move your project forward.

Fee: Free

Dates: Saturdays, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.,  June 3, 10, 17 and 24

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission

To register: Registration will begin in April.

For more information, call Kit-Bacon Gressitt at 760-522-1064.

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Writing Narrative Nonfiction and Memoir—completed

Do you have a true story that’s itching to be told? This workshop will help you learn to use the elements of good storytelling that make nonfiction as compelling as a great novel. With a series of writing exercises and collaborative feedback, we’ll explore the nonfiction side of creative writing.

Fee: Free, thanks to Poets & Writers and Friends of the Fallbrook Library

Dates: Tuesdays, January 31, February 7, 21 and 28, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission, 760-731-4650

To register: You must sign up at the library’s front desk in advance, and each workshop is limited to 12 people, so register early.

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Writing Craft—completed

In this workshop, you will use your experiences—real and imagined—as a platform for learning the basics of the writing craft. Whether fiction or creative nonfiction, you’ll begin writing, playing with words, and responding to writing prompts, while exploring story structure, setting, action and character. Participants will also share their writing and learn from each other.

Fee: Free, thanks to Poets & Writers and Friends of the Fallbrook Library

Dates: Saturdays, January 7, 14, 28 and February 4, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission, 760-731-4650

To register: You must sign up at the library’s front desk in advance, and each workshop is limited to 12 people, so register early.

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Workshop Facilitator

Kit-Bacon Gressitt has an MFA in Creative Writing, with an emphasis in narrative nonfiction, and has taught Women’s Studies in the Cal State University system. Her narrative nonfiction manuscript, In Search of Ada, is represented by Amanda Annis at Trident Media Group, and she’s working on a fiction project. An award-winning feminist columnist for the North County Times, she also wrote book reviews and author features for the paper, until the Union-Trib gobbled it up. Kit-Bacon’s political fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction have been published or are forthcoming in Publishers WeeklyDucts magazine, Not My President: the Anthology of Dissent, The Missing Slate, Trivia: Feminist Voices, Ms. Magazine blog, San Diego Poetry Annual, New Moon Girl Media, San Diego Uptown News, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, American University’s iVory Towerz, and others, and she’s a founding editor of Writers Resist. K-B has taught writing workshops for ten years, and she teaches writing as a volunteer at Vallecitos School, in Rainbow. She has received awards for her writing from Chiron Review, Greater Los Angeles Press Club and the California Newspaper Publishers Association; she was a national finalist in the Kentucky Writers Fellowship, 2016; she received two Poets & Writers grants in 2016; and her feminist commentary was submitted for a Pulitzer Prize. Alas, she didn’t win it.