NEW! Level 1 and 2, four-week, Tuesday night workshops open now! 


Level 1 beings on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:00pm PDT. Class is every Tuesday, approximately 90 minutes, for four weeks. 

Registration opens July 1st.

Course description 

Level 1 is a poetry, publishing and creative writing workshop series with Derrick C. Brown. It includes four sessions, once a week, of live, online 90-minute classes and interaction. Classes consist of lectures, team salons, prompts and guest speakers that will tighten your writing process and blow up your creative energy with publishing insights, new work generation, editing tips and real-world experience.  

Learn in a supportive, environment that doesn't dilly dally. You will receive feedback on your poems. You will generate new, exciting work and learn solid tips to get your writing to a stronger, more creative place. 

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. 

Class outlines

August 18
: How to refresh your writing energy and n
ever face writer's block again.

August 25 
Learn how to be a better editor by working on real-world examples with tips from real-world editors on how to distill your writing down to solid gold.

September 1
What I wish I would have known.

September 8
How to know if you're ready to self-publish, indie publish, or agency publish. Get the inside scoop on how to create your strongest submission and get noticed.

Registration, rates, and payment

To secure your spot in class, please pay via Venmo (@derrick-brown-4) or click here for PayPal.

Early bird rate (before July 7th) = $150.00 USD/per person
After July 7th = $225.00 USD/per person

Once you have submitted payment, email and include how you paid and your PayPal email or Venmo handle. Please use the subject line "YOUR RIVER."

Once payment is confirmed, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. 

Once enrolled, you will be emailed a link to a Zoom meeting link the night of each class.


Level 2 is currently full. Check back for new class announcements. 

Level 2 is a four-week, private, small, curated workshop based on an application submitted after completion of Level 1. Please only apply if you have completed the Level 1 course. 

Level 2 beings on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7:00pm PDT. Class is every Tuesday, approximately 90 minutes, for four weeks.

Class dates are July 14, July 21, July 28, and August 4.

Course description

Level 2 workshop is only for those who have completed Level 1. Those wishing to advance to Level 2 are selected based off a five-poem application. Derrick then assigns writers to similar peer groups for intense, immersive, weekly, two-hour workshops with himself and salon members to get your poetry application and submission packet to a place you are proud of.

Registration, rates, and payment

If you have completed Level 1, you may email with your application. The application should be a single document with five of your poems. If you have been selected for the workshop, you will receive an acceptance email. Once you receive the email, you will need to pay via Venmo (@derrick-brown-4) or PayPal (click here) to secure your spot in the class. 

$150.00 USD/per person 

Please note there is limited enrollment in Level 2.