What’s Your Story?
with Rob Wilder
Week 1: (6/12 – 6/16)
Everyone loves a good story. Teachers are no exception. We teach great novels and essays, discuss the varying political narratives in local or national politics, and find the inspiration behind a painting or piece of music. Many of us tell stories in class to engage students or illustrate an abstract idea. How many of us, however, find the time to sit down to actually write those tales we’ve been carrying for so long? Even published writers like Cheryl Strayed need writing trips to get the work done.
Rob Wilder designed this workshop with the intention of writing in a supportive atmosphere. This course is intended for any teacher interested in all levels of writing. Instead of examining student work, participants will pay close attention to their own. The specific focus will be on the teachers who wish to write about their own lives and the ways they see the world. This new course is also a natural progression for those who have taken The Way I See It. New topics will include: the lyric essay, the future of creative nonfiction, and tips for publishing.
In addition to discussing their own work, participants will read published examples of memoir and creative nonfiction, meet with established authors from the Santa Fe area thanks to relationships with the Lannan Foundation and School for Advanced Research, and perhaps take a trip to see a film in George RR Martin’s historic Jean Cocteau Theater. Some of our visitors have included Natalie Goldberg, Greg Martin, Summer Wood and Kathleen Lee.
It doesn’t matter if you’re dusting off your personal essay from a decade ago or you need a reason to finally write that story you’ve been dying to start for years. Join a supportive community of writers in the land of enchantment. You’ll be glad you did.
Schedule coming in January
Creating Space, Creating Place
with Liz Friary
Week 2: (6/19 – 6/23)
“In New Mexico, he always awoke a young man, not until he arose and began to shave did he realize that he was growing older. His first consciousness was a sense of the light dry wind blowing in through the windows, with the fragrance of hot sun and sage-brush and sweet clover; a wind that made one’s body feel light and one’s heart cry ‘To-day, to-day,’ like a child’s.”
In today’s anxious and hectic world, it’s hard to find quiet, and it’s easy to lose touch with our center. The fast pace of our individual lives and tumult of the greater world so often works against our ability to slow down and take care of ourselves. For centuries, New Mexico has been a place of healing, where writers, artists, and everyday people have ventured to find that slower pace and that present moment. In Creating Space, Creating Place, we will spend a week slowing down in Santa Fe and other quiet pockets of Northern New Mexico, taking the time to work on our own writing and/or art as well as study the practices and styles of various writers, artists, and mindfulness experts who have used New Mexico’s serene landscape to get rid of the clutter and find, or rediscover, their voice and their center.