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)
MOSAICS OF HAPPINESS
Exploring Narrative Medicine
JUNE 26 – JULY 2, 2017
NARRATIVE MEDICINE explores the uses of writing and reading literature as ways to express and understand our common human experience of suffering, whether as patient, caregiver, or compassionate witness. This 5-day Studio-Workshop is a hands-on opportunity to write your own stories each day in good company to materialize a range of emotional, philosophical, ethical responses. Inspired by selected readings, prompts, and conversations, begin to integrate the woven threads, intricate layers, and unpredictable patterns found on the path toward happiness through grief: How do we make meaning from these stories? What can we learn? Participants may include Portuguese scholars and physicians studying Narrative Medicine, members of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and individual writers of memoir and fiction with an interest in the psychological journey of your characters. Everyone is invited to work in a range of art form(s) throughout the week, to produce a poem, story, essay, photo album, sketchbook, painting, shawl, mosaic, or some combination of all the above.
NEW TO PORTO? The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, “the town that gave the country (and port wine) its very name,” and Portugal’s second largest city after Lisbon. Located on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula that includes Spain, this ancient town with its narrow, cobblestoned streets offers the best of the baroque past along with stimulating contemporary street art and cutting-edge architecture, design, and foodie culture.
TRIP PACKAGE $650 INCLUDES:
5-Day Studio-Workshop, consisting of:
~ Guided midday writing sessions, June 27, 28
~ Exploring while touring, June 29
~ Evening workshop, June 30
~ Final discussions/readings/exhibit, July 1
~ One-hour individual consultation, if desired
~ Personally curated text of stories, poems, and essays to inspire your work
Private room, 6 nights
Traditional European pousada twin room with private bath and balcony terrace overlooking the water
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 Monday June 26 and depart Sunday July 2.
Trip Package rate will be adjusted if you choose to room elsewhere.
ASK ABOUT DROP-IN RATE FOR LOCAL PORTUGUESE PARTICIPANTS.
OPTIONAL OUTINGS include Douro River Cruise, port wine cellar tours, food markets, retro cafes, cool bistros, family-run tascas (taverns), miradouros (lookouts), gardens, mosaics tour, and coastal walks.
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 balance due.
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: April 16. Decision by May 1.
DR. MARIANNE ROGOFF is a Distinguished Writer for Dominican University of California’s new low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program, which offers a Narrative Medicine track. On June 22, preceding this workshop, Dr. Rogoff has been invited to teach a seminar on Bioethics and Narrative Medicine at Portuguese Catholic University, co-organized by a research group in Narrative Medicine from Humanities and Medicine Faculties from Lisbon and by the Faculty of Medicine in Porto (together with the Institute of Bioethics, Portuguese Catholic University).
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),and many travel stories, essays, and book reviews. She also teaches Writing & Literature to creative writers and visual artists at California College of the Arts, and has been leading Studio-Workshop Trips to exotic locales 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