Animate and enliven your writingthrough daily writing practice, craft conversations, and critique workshops. Start, revise, and aim to finish one new story – fiction or nonfiction – plus take away drafts, ideas, and desire to create more.
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE is a safe and vibrant cobblestone town of artists, expats, tourists, and locals set on a high desert plateau at the geographical center of mainland Mexico. It offers a pleasing climate, colonial architecture, great food and music, a spirited central plaza, parks and hills to walk, and thermal hot springs a short bus or taxi ride away.
Marianne Rogoff has been leading Studio-Workshop Trips for Writers since 2003. The curriculum is welcoming to new and advanced writers, whether you're writing for publication or personal reasons.
"Studio" means new writing will be generated in response to prompts and assignments.
"Workshop" means feedback on new writing or old work-in-progress will be offered when desired.
"Trips" means exploring, observing, and enjoying the scenery, new views, and good company.
Use Contact page to get in touch for more details and to sign up for next trip.
Art of the Noun: People, Places, Things, Ideas (January 2016)
The Hero's Journey: San Miguel de Allende (January 2015)
Turning Points: San Miguel de Allende (January 2014)
Art of the Verb: Boulder, Utah (June 2013, with Lavinia Spalding)
Art of the Noun: San Miguel de Allende (Jan 2013, with Lavinia Spalding)
Art of the Noun: San Miguel de Allende (Jan 2012)
Art of the Noun: San Miguel de Allende (Jan 2010)
Art of the Noun: San Miguel de Allende (Aug 2008)
Textures of Happiness: Palm Springs (Jan 2008)
Textures of Happiness: Inverness Coast (Aug 2007)
Restless Urges: Todos Santos, Baja (Jan 2007)
Feasts, Fasts, Fights: San Miguel de Allende (Dec 2005–Jan 2006)
Travel Atlas: San Miguel de Allende (Aug 2006)
Travel Atlas: San Miguel de Allende (Aug 2005)
Memoir/Fiction Writing: Jilotepec (Aug 2004)
JUNE 6-13, 2018
Explore the uses of narrative as a way to express and understand our common human experiences of joy and suffering. This 5-day Studio-Workshop is a hands-on opportunity to write your own stories each day in good company, inspired by selected readings, prompts, and conversations.
TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
5-Day Studio-Workshop, consisting of:
~ 3 guided writing sessions
~ 1 evening workshop
~ 1 final reading
~ 1-hour individual consultation, if desired
~ Personally curated text of stories, poems, and essays to inspire your work
Room, 6 nights
Traditional European pousada twin room with private bath and balcony terrace overlooking Douro River
Breakfast, 6 mornings
Your stay at the pousada includes breakfast.
Flight, transportation, other meals, tours, and optional outings not included.
Please make your own flight reservations to Porto [OPO].
Plan to arrive Wednesday June 6 and depart Wednesday June 13.
Trip Package rate can be adjusted if you choose to room elsewhere, or want your own room at Pousada.
DROP-IN RATE AVAILABLE FOR PORTUGUESE PARTICIPANTS.
TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE: Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
More on what to bring and what to expect will be provided upon receipt of deposit.
Portuguese participants may pay in Euros or dollars on first day but please RSVP to hold space.
Offering one scholarship to cover Trip Package outlined above. Please send 100-200 words expressing why attending this event could be life changing. Deadline: March 15. Decision by April 1.
DR. MARIANNE ROGOFF is the author of the memoir Silvie’s Life (Zenobia Press, 1995), which was translated by Gradiva, Lisbon, in 2006, Love Is Blind in One Eye: 7 Stories (Shebooks, 2016), of which six were nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and many travel stories, essays, and book reviews. Her novella-in-flash Apprehension made the Short List for the International Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2017. She teaches Writing & Literature at California College of the Arts, and has been leading Studio-Workshop Trips for Writers since 2004.
Join Marianne Rogoff in San Francisco for monthly Saturday Salons and occasional Weekend Story Intensives.
Family Ghosts: Weekend Story Intensive, San Francisco (June 2014)
Works in Progress: Saturday Salons, San Francisco (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
Craft & Art: Weekend Story Intensive, Tomales Bay (June 2011, with Peg Alford Pursell)
Moveable Feast: Saturday Salons, San Francisco/Marin/Sonoma (2004–2010)
The Finca, Spain
CREATIVE ARTS AT THE FINCA:
THE HERO’S JOURNEY
A 10-day Study Abroad Course in Spain
For writers, artists, dreamers, and explorers
SUMMER 2015: June 5-15
This course is interdisciplinary and all are invited: Dominican University undergraduate and graduate students in English, Creative Writing, Humanities, Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, Communications, the Arts, or others; OLLI students who share these interests; invited friends
Maximum 10 participants
THE INDIVIDUAL IN THE WORLD
“The psychological task of myth is to help us understand more fully who we are. This means moving us to ask questions such as: Who am I? How am I to conduct my life? Where am I going? What is my proper place in this world? How can I best serve this world? What is my vocation, life purpose, or calling?” ~ Angeles Arrien, The Nine Muses
Let the magical surroundings of early summer in northern Spain invoke your muses. Take time away in a new and ancient landscape to reflect on your self in the world in the context of the mythic Hero’s Journey. Study connections between our individual and collective experiences, responding to selected readings and conversations using your own writing, photography, sketches, found materials, or collages, any or all of these mediums, as you wish. Consider your past, present, and future as embodiments of archetypes such as the Innocent, the Orphan, the Magician, the Wanderer, the Martyr, the Warrior, the Trickster. Come away with a self-produced book that represents your personal story interwoven with larger mythic/cosmic perspectives.
Upon arrival in Madrid, you will be greeted at the airport by a personal driver who will escort you back in time to a beautiful rustic treasure one hour from the city in the hills of northern Spain. The Finca sits in the middle of hundreds of acres of olive trees, almond groves, and natural forest. Its gentle slope overlooks a breathtaking valley with a 400-mile view. The original brickworks buildings date back 250 years. Three natural springs are the lifeblood of the property, which includes seven buildings and a spring-fed pool, all connected by meandering footpaths.
The Great Hall in the main building serves as a central meeting area, connected to 2 upstairs single or double rooms and a first-floor Casita suite with sitting room and beds for 1 to 3 people. A separate building, The Mudeca, can accommodate 1 to 3 queen beds. Several authentically reconstructed, freestanding yurts can house 1 to 3 participants each. There are numerous indoor and outdoor places throughout the Finca to be by yourself or with small groups. A central kitchen serves the whole property. The Tenar is a large, open, outdoor lean-to for dining, reading, writing, or enjoying the view.
Numerous hiking trails venture into the forest. Ancient footpaths lead to nearby villages and a surrounding locale rich with thousands of years of vibrant history and culture. Within a half hour of the Finca there are four large castles, one the home of the famous El Cid. The Finca is also on the route of Don Quixote - Man of La Mancha - and near the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the famous ancient pilgrimage route featured in the movie The Way.
Optional: Stay another 7 nights and travel around, rest, and write on your own, using the Finca as homebase.
Meet and mingle at the borders of poetry and prose, and experience how knowledge of one art can enhance your practice in the other. Consider the role of imagery, rhythm, voice, point of view, and narrative as component parts, whether you’re making a poem, story, memoir, or novel.
Cape Cod will supply the inspiration and setting. All meetings will take place at the Chatham home of the late June Beisch, a beloved local poet and teacher. Two blocks walk to Oyster River town landing and fishermen shacks, home has an outdoor porch with glider and Victorian rocker, among other pleasures.
F May 22: Evening Meal + Readings by Participants
S May 23: 10am Studio + 4pm Workshop
S May 24: Free to write, read, rest, revise, roam + Evening Reading by Participants
M May 25: 10am Studio + 4pm Workshop
T May 26: 10am Studio + 4pm Workshop
W May 27: Free to write, read, rest, revise, roam
Th May 28: Free to write, read, rest, revise, roam + Evening Reading by Participants
The schedule is designed to be flexible. You are welcome to join us Friday Evening only, to socialize, enjoy a meal with new and old friends, and read aloud old or new work. If you can attend Saturday One-Day as well, you will enjoy a productive day of new writing from prompts, craft conversations, analysis of selected work by great writers, and a critique workshop, with free time midday to reflect and revise the morning’s new work. You might sign on for the Full Weekend (F/S/S) and enjoy social Friday and working Saturday, then collaborate freely with participants and consult with instructor if desired throughout the day on Sunday in preparation for a formal Reading to end the weekend. Those who stay on for the Weeklong will experience additional studios, workshops, free time, and individual consultation if desired, in varying combinations.
Maximum 8 participants
Contact Marianne Rogoff via Contact page for program fee and more details.
Ph.D. Transformative Inquiry, California Institute of Integral Studies
M.A. English: Creative Writing, San Francisco State University
B.A. English, Rutgers University
California Community Colleges Instructor Credential, Language Arts and Literature
California College of the Arts, Department of Writing & Literature, 1994-present
Dominican University, Department of Literature & Languages and Big History Program, 2012-present
New College of California, MFA Program in Writing & Consciousness, 2000-2001, 5 quarters
San Francisco State University, Department ofCreative Writing, 1983-1985
Advanced Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Literary Theory I: Ancient Concepts for Writing Now
Literary Theory II: The Isms
Literary Theory III: Approaches to Literary Criticism
Writing for Artists, Architects, & Designers
Creative Prose Workshop
Art of Memoir Writing
Reading Creative Nonfiction
Literary Theory: Ancient Concepts for Writing Now
Big History Through the Lens of Big Literature
Writing 2 [varying themes]
Seeing The Zeitgeist
The Brain and Art
Mexico in Writing
The Individual in the World
Health & Well-Being
Creative Writing Studio
CCA Extended Education
Summer International High School English & Design Program