NEW! Level 1 and 2, four-week, Tuesday night workshops open now! IN ASSOCIATION WITH AWFUL GOOD WRITERS!




*Date Change- Level 1 begins on Thursday, Sept 3, 2020 at 7:00pm PDT. Class is every Tuesday, approximately 90 minutes, for four weeks. Sept 3, 10, 17, 24.

Registration opens Aug 1st. Sponsored by AWFUL GOOD WRITERS.

Course description 

Level 1 of Your River is Waiting is a poetry, publishing and creative writing workshop series with publisher/author/editor 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.  You will generate new work!

Learn in a supportive, environment that doesn't dilly dally. You will receive detailed feedback on your poems (level 2). You will 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

Sept 3
: How to refresh your writing energy and n
ever face writer's block again.

Sept 10
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 17
What I wish I would have known. 

September 24
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 Level 1 class, please click here AWFUL GOOD WRITERS WORKSHOP.

Pay by August 21 = $150.00 USD/per person
After August 21 = $225.00 USD/per person

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

Class dates WERE 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.