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 Spring-Summer Workshop Schedule

•     •     •     •     •

Writing for Our Lives – April-May 2017

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. MissionFallbrook writers group

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.

•     •     •     •     •

Summer Read and Critique

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.

•     •     •     •     •

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.

•     •     •     •     •

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.

•     •     •     •     •

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. 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 by 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, San Diego Free Press, and others, and she’s a founding editor of Writers Resist. K-B has taught writing workshops for eight 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.