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This annual workshop is a poetry, publishing and creative writing workshop series with author Derrick C. Brown.  5 PM Pacific time. 4 Saturdays in August.

This month-long poetry writing course focuses on 4 sessions, once a week, of live, online 90 minute courses and interaction. You will be emailed a link to a zoom meet the night of each class.

Students will create new work and learn solid tips to get your writing to a stronger, more creative place ready for publishing. Each week, you’ll try new techniques to banish writer's block, become a better editor, and learn inside scoops for getting an agent and getting published. TBA.

Every SATURDAY in August, 5pm Pacific. ZOOM.



Week 1

HOW TO REFRESH YOUR WRITING ENERGY: Never face writer's block again.

Week 2

HOW TO BE A BETTER EDITOR: Work on real-world examples with tips from real-world editors on how to distill your writing down to solid gold.

Week 3

CRAFT: What I wish I would have known. Special Guest author insight Q and A.

Week 4

PUBLISHING: How to know if you're ready to self publish, Indie publish, or agency publish. Inside scoop on how to make your best submission and get noticed.

Early Bird Rate - $150 (June 1- July 21) Regular Rate - $250 (July 22-Aug 1) Class closes at 20 entrants. Begins Sat Aug 5th. 5PM Pacific.
Every SAT Night in August. 5PM.

Option 1

Option 2

Course takeaways

- A supportive, environment that doesn't dilly dally. You will receive some feedback on your poems. Please come to the opening class with 2-3 poems, in rough form. If you are stalled, no problem. Class one is all about generating new work. But you will need 2-3 poems after.

- There will be slides during the lecture and a group facebook for posting poems for feedback. Sent 2 days before the opening class.

- You will leave this class sorting out the best way to get the most creative juice from your fruit

 - We will journey from having no ideas to building an idea box, to the first draft to the polished poem. We will learn how to get your best work ready to submit.

- We will dissect the mysteries of getting published, what every aspiring author should know.

How to pay.

To secure your spot in class (limited student enrollment) Please pay via Venmo


or Paypal

Rates are 150.00 per student paid early, regular rate after July 1 is 250 per person.

The course is 4 weeks long.

Email with any questions and we will see you in class!

Refunds will not be allowed, but credits to future classes will be granted.

Derrick's River workshop was packed with actionable, practical advice for beating writer's block, and sparking creativity. I found the prompts charged me to write outside of my normal style and I left each session with at least one fresh, dynamic piece I could really feel proud of. 

—Megan Zak

This workshop was an amazing opportunity to explore the experience of writing. It provided an engaging cross between writing as a profession as well as a passion. The insights Derrick was able and willing to share from his time spent in this community were entertaining, educational, and invaluable for anyone looking to learn more about the art and practice of poetry. 

—Joanna Haas, Fort Lauderdale

The Your River Is Waiting workshop is delightfully jam-packed with generative prompts, illuminating editing exercises and crucial publishing tips. It was the ideal class to shake up my creative practice and reignite a fearless engagement with writing.  

—Emily Mundy, Seattle

I cannot say enough good things about the Your River is Waiting workshop. It's by far one of the most inspired writing classes I have ever participated in. Derrick is such a thoughtful instructor and each week's class had wonderfully curated exercises and speakers. My formal training is in writing prose, so presenting my poetry to strangers was a daunting thought. The workshop lent to such an inviting atmosphere, I was never uncomfortable in sharing my work. I've since even started sending off incomplete pieces to friends without hesitation. The writing practices Derrick encouraged us to put into action will no doubt help me in many aspects of my work going forward. If even a tiny part of you is intrigued by the workshop, sign up! You will be so glad you did.—Michelle Samcoe, Toronto, Canada

Between Derrick's wealth of experience, the amazing guests and hanging with my fellow river rats, my understanding of poetry was constantly challenged, and I found myself waking up each day more inspired to write.  You know it's a good workshop when you exit both full and more hungry.

—Glenn Mobley, New York City

Your River is Waiting is the workshop for people who’ve got the chops to write, but need guidance on where to bite down. Derrick Brown uses his wealth of experience, and soothing vocal stylings, to take you through a no-nonsense look at brainstorming, editing, crafting, and publishing poetry. With guests from different arenas of the writing world, he gives you all the juice you need to squeeze something fresh out of your own mind. I spent 10 years writing poetry that never saw the light of day, and after four weeks in this workshop I’d written five brand new poems and shared them widely. 10/10 would ride the river again.

—Chris K. LA

I found Derrick's workshop incredibly fulfilling! The depth of his knowledge and experience, the caliber of guest lecturers, and warmth & openness of the participants kicked me out of a long creative drought. And it was super fun with zero pretension. I couldn't recommend this series more highly.—Mike Gravagno, Denver

Ever get your mind blown with a magic trick and wonder how the hell it got pulled off? Well Derrick Brown is a magician and a certifiable witch that doesn't hold anything back in revealing a big bag o' tricks in his workshops. He lets us see his early seeds of inspiration, the germination, the growing of it, the trimming and coming to fruition. And he brings in guests like editors and great poets and producers to talk about their process and successful actions. All in all, a great bang for the buck! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

—Conrad Romo


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