Our friends from New Mexico shared info on this wonderful summer writing retreat---spreading the word for all of you ready for some "rest & writing" this August!
Write Your Heart Out
(Stories based on your life experiences)
A One-week Summer Writing Workshop in El Rito, New Mexico
August 8th to August 12th, 2011
Where: El Rito, New Mexico, on the campus of Northern New Mexico College. The El Rito campus is 57 miles north of Santa Fe on a 62 acre tract. The elevation is 6,800 feet. Adjacent to the campus is the scenic and peaceful El Rito village that is surrounded by the Carson National Forest. 15 miles to the east is the village of Ojo Caliente which is famous for its hot mineral springs. 18 miles to the northwest is Abiquiu, which was settled by the Genizaro indigenous people and is one of the first Spanish land grants (1753) in northern New Mexico. There is one restaurant, a Catholic church, a vibrant public library, and a post office across the street from the college. This quiet, restful community is ideal for writing.
When: The workshop will begin Sunday evening, August 7th and end Friday, August 12th. Sunday evening there will be an historical introduction to the area—the original Chama Valley. The afternoon of the last day there will be a field trip to witness the tribal corn dance at the Santa Clara pueblo—a celebration of a Native American feast day. If you come from out-of-state you are encouraged to remain in the area for an extra day or two and visit scenic Santa Fe.
Attendees will spend 3 hours in workshop, and free time in the afternoons and evenings for writing.
Tuition: $250.00. Lodging: $36.00 a night. Meals: $150.00 (breakfast, lunch & dinner for 5 days). Barbeque Sunday at night. The college provides pillows and bed linen. There is a small kitchen in the dorm for people who want to cook or prepare snacks.
Writing: You may already be working on narratives based on your life—long or short, i.e., one episode in your life, or a phase in your life. In any case, this is an opportunity to devote focused time to just writing. El Rito is quaint, quiet, and isolated—a perfect setting to write your heart out—new material, or revise what you are already working on. If you are committed to this you should be able to write daily. The workshop hours will be devoted to writing exercises, giving directions and feedback, answering common questions such as, “Is it okay to use real names?” You will be encouraged to read all the work you develop in the workshop. I suggest you read at least one memoir, or two before the workshop begins. Come prepared to share the memoir you are familiar with and/or bring a memoir with you. I’ll be happy to provide you with recommendations.
Attractions: Northern New Mexico is quite beautiful, especially the Carson National Forest where there are hiking trails, mountains to climb, lakes for fishing, and picnic and camping grounds. You will be one hour from Taos, 25 minutes from the Santa Clara and San Juan Indian pueblos, 15 minutes from the Georgia O’Keefe house, and 20 minutes from the natural hot springs in Ojo Caliente. You are encouraged to bring a swimsuit. Also, there are several Native American pueblos in the area.
. Hacienda of Padre Martinez in Taos
. Art museums in Taos
. Art museums and galleries in Santa Fe
. Indian Market in Santa Fe (mid August)
For more information: please send an email to – email@example.com