Art of the Noun: San Miguel de Allende

Writers Studio with Marianne Rogoff & Peg Alford Pursell
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  January 3-10, 2011

How you will you begin the New Year? Make a commitment to write in sunny San Miguel de Allende. Immersed in a weeklong encounter between self and place, you’ll describe the shifts in your sense of self as you respond to being in new territory. Write portraits of your experience, and the people, places, and things you find on the journey. Relate personal memories to the collective experience of locals. Readings and writing exercises may be applied to work-in-progress or new writing, in prose or poetry.

This Writers Studio is offered next New Year in the vibrant cobblestone town of San Miguel de Allende, a well-known international expatriate and artist community with excellent restaurants, live music everywhere, a central plaza called the jardin, and thermal baths a short bus or taxi ride away. San Miguel Poetry Week takes place while we’re there, with readings by notable poets each evening, free and open to the public.

Five-day Writers Studio (Monday thru Friday) includes selected readings, morning lectures and writing sessions, evening critiques, and individual consultation when desired, with free time to write, read, rest, and roam all afternoon and all day Saturday. On one of the days the writing session will be held at La Gruta hot spring caves.

Fly in to Leon, Guanajuato, where shuttle van will transport the group to your door in town (1.5 hours). Arrive and depart on Sunday. Stay at a gorgeous colonial home a short walk from el centro.

Fee $1880, includes 5-day Writers Studio tuition, 7 nights single accommodations ($300 less for shared rooms), round-trip airport shuttles in Mexico, and 7 breakfasts. Budget extra for lunches, dinners, outings, and shopping. Sunday night Welcome Dinner is on us. Please make your own flight arrangements; SFO-Leon flight will be recommended for group to arrive together, if possible.

northbaywriters at gmail dot comDeadline: September 25

*Include a 2-3 page writing sample (no more than 750 words).

*A brief (one page) narrative introducing your writing self. Please mention any study, workshops, courses, degrees you’ve undertaken. Be sure to address any experience you’ve had giving and receiving critiques. It is not essential that you have any of this in your background but it is important that you speak to it in this page.

*Send your document/s as a rich text file (.rtf extension) or Word document (.doc extension)

Don’t delay: a limited number of spots are available.
Deposit $500 by October 8, balance November 15.

El gusto es mio. The pleasure is mine.

Marianne Rogoff’s travel story “!2 Hours in Barcelona” was selected for The Best Travel Writing 2010. “Alive in Lisbon” appears in The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2008, and “Raven” (set in San Miguel) was published in The Best Travel Writing 2006. She is the author of the memoir Silvie’s Life, and numerous short stories, essays, and book reviews. Professor Rogoff has been teaching Writing & Literature at California College of the Arts since 1994 and producing week-long, themed Writers Studios in winter and summer since 2004. She is a writing coach and independent book editor for publishers and individuals.

Peg Alford Pursell’s work has been short-listed for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award, and twice received the (S.C.) State Fiction Award. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Staccato Fiction, Emprise Review, Precipitate Journal, The Fabulist, The Big Ugly Review, Pure Francis, and Burrow Press. Her poetry has been published in the English Journal and Live Poets Society. She received her MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers; started the creative writing program at the Charleston School of the Arts; and teaches at the College of Marin, Book Passage, and private workshops. Peg also curates the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series in Sausalito.


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