Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2018 Memoir Writing Workshops Coming Right Up!


Hi Y'all,
Ready to finally commit to writing your story? I've been leading Memoir Writing Workshops for around 200 years now. We have a great time. Some folks join to write their way through personal crises and trauma as they work to heal. Some folks join to work on memoirs-- a number of attendees have completed books. Some come for the camaraderie-- this is a truly remarkable group of humans, loving, supportive, and attentive. Some folks aren't exactly sure why they are signing up, they just feel the call to visit the power of putting words on the page. Whatever your reason, you are welcome!

Workshops are held on Wednesdays from 11 am - 1 pm at the Tiny T Ranch in Garfield, TX, about twenty minutes from South Austin, and on Thursdays from 7 pm - 9 pm in Austin at SOL Studio. Please note that beginning in February the Thursday location will be changing. I'll keep you up to date on the new location. We're sad to be leaving SOL Studio, our home for many years, but SOL is moving locations. 

Cost is $150 per six-week session. This entitles you to attend as many of the sessions as you wish-- up to twelve total across the W & Th sessions. I do allow drop-ins when space permits, but ask that you plan on dropping in to at least four sessions. Drop-in cost is $25 per session. 

A typical session includes twenty minutes of conversation about the state of the art of publishing, memoir writing, and any writing challenges and triumphs attendees wish to share. The rest of the time is used for sharing writing and receiving feedback. 

My credentials, if you're unfamiliar: I'm the author of eight books, with my ninth one coming right up. I was voted Best Writer in Austin 2006 by readers of the Austin Chronicle. I was voted best Nonfiction Writer/Memoirist in 2016 and 2017 by readers of the Austin Chronicle. More importantly, I love creating a safe space and giving folks permission to tell their stories. 

Here are some good words about the workshop from past attendees.

Below are the dates for the first sessions of 2018. I sure hope you can join us. If you want to sign up, just email me at spikegillespie@gmail.com and I'll send you all the details.

Thanks!
Spike

WEDNESDAYS AT THE RANCH 11 am - 1 pm
January 3, 17, 31, February 7, 14, 21 NO WORKSHOP 1/10 & 1/24

THURSDAYS AT SOL STUDIO 3400 Kerbey Lane 7 pm - 9 pm
NOTE: FEBRUARY SESSIONS WILL MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION TBA
January 4, 11, 18, February 1, 8, 15 NO WORKSHOP 1/25

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Final Memoir Writing Workshops of 2017 Coming Right Up!



Hi Y'all,
This time around there will be a total of eight sessions -- four Wednesdays and four Thursdays. Cost is $100 and you can attend as many sessions as you wish. Below are the dates. If you want to sign up, just email me at spikegillespie@gmail.com and I'll send you all the details.

Thanks!
Spike

WEDNESDAYS AT THE RANCH 11 am - 1 pm
11/29, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27

THURSDAYS AT SOL STUDIO 3400 Kerbey Lane 7 pm - 9 pm
11/30, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Next Memoir Writing Workshop Coming Right Up!





Hi Y'all,
This time around there will be a total of ten sessions -- five Wednesdays and five Thursdays. Cost is $125 and you can attend as many sessions as you wish. Below are the dates. If you want to sign up, just email me at spikegillespie@gmail.com and I'll send you all the details.

Thanks!
Spike

WEDNESDAYS AT THE RANCH 11 am - 1 pm
Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 15 NO WORKSHOP NOV 8

THURSDAYS AT SOL STUDIO 3400 Kerbey Lane 7 pm - 9 pm
Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Upcoming Memoir Workshop!


Hi Y'all,
This time around there will be a total of twelve sessions -- six Wednesdays and six Thursdays. Cost is $150 and you can attend as many sessions as you wish. Below are the dates. If you want to sign up, just email me at spikegillespie@gmail.com and I'll send you all the details.

Thanks!
Spike

WEDNESDAYS AT THE RANCH 11 am - 1 pm
August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4

THURSDAYS AT SOL STUDIO 3400 Kerbey Lane 7 pm - 9 pm
August 31, September 7, 14, 21, NO WORKSHOP September 28, October 5, 12

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dog Days Memoir Writing Workshop


Hi Y'all,
This time around there will be a total of eight sessions -- four Wednesdays and four Thursdays. Cost is $125 and you can attend as many sessions as you wish. Below are the dates. If you want to sign up, just email me at spikegillespie@gmail.com and I'll send you all the details.

Thanks!
Spike

WEDNESDAYS AT THE RANCH 11 am - 1 pm
July 19, 26 and August 2

THURSDAYS AT SOL STUDIO 3400 Kerbey Lane 7 pm - 9 pm
July 20, 27 and August 3

FULL DAY WRITING IN THE BARN: July 22 9 am - 4 pm 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Next Memoir Workshops Coming Right Up!



Hi Y'all,
This time around there will be a total of ten sessions -- five Wednesdays and five Thursdays. Cost is $125 and you can attend as many sessions as you wish. Below are the dates. If you want to sign up, just email me at spikegillespie@gmail.com and I'll send you all the details.

Thanks!
Spike

WEDNESDAYS AT THE RANCH 11 am - 1 pm
May 31, June 7, 14, 28, July 5  NO WORKSHOP ON JUNE 21

THURSDAYS AT SOL STUDIO 3400 Kerbey Lane 7 pm - 9 pm
June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6 NO WORKSHOP ON JUNE 22

Friday, April 28, 2017

Teen Writing Camp-- One Week Only! July 2017



Hey Y'all,
For one week only-- July 10-14, 2017-- I'm hosting a writing camp for students 12-16 at my home, the Tiny T Ranch. You can drop off as early as 8:30 and pick up by 5 pm. The ranch is located at 3409 Caldwell Lane, Garfield, TX 78617 (Garfield often shows up as Del Valle on GPS). It's a quick 20 minutes from South Austin, and just ten minutes east of the Austin airport.

I'm still working on the exact curriculum, but here is an overview:

8:30-9:30 Chill out time to talk, read, relax
9:30 We'll do a short meditation (secular)
9:45ish Work on individual writing projects (fiction or non-fiction)
11 am Work on group writing (skits, TV shows, mini movie scripts)
Noon LUNCH (bring your own)
1 pm Work on 'zines
2 pm Poetry
3 pm Snack and chat
4 pm Reading time

On Friday afternoon we will have a presentation for family and friends.

Cost is $300. To secure your place a $150 non-refundable deposit is due right away and the balance is due by June 10, 2017.

We will meet in the spacious Molly Ivins Pavilion. There's a full kitchen available with fridge and microwave.

To sign up email spikegillespie@gmail.com