Join Ellen Waterston for the fifth anniversary of her week-long writing workshop held in the pueblo magico of Todos Santos. The workshop will include prompts and supplementary readings designed to bring stories waiting-in-the wings to the forefront. Todos Santos has long been a source of inspiration to a wide range of artists. Let the wind in the palms, the crash of the waves, the call of the doves inspire story starts to keep your writing fueled for the rest of the year. Days will include morning writing sessions, evening readings and critique sessions, and a concluding public reading. Optional afternoon swimming and hiking excursions will be offered to further enrich participants’ experience of the culture of the Baja. Fee includes a chapbook of participants’ work written during the course of the workshop. Writers are housed in Serendipity, a boutique hotel within walking distance of the center of Todos Santos. Breakfast, lunch and all but one night’s dinner are included in the fee. Fly into Cabo San Jose or La Paz and either rent a car or take public transportation to Todos Santos, approximately a one hour’s drive. Package price includes shared spacious double room, workshops, one-on-one, reading and reception, seven breakfasts, six lunches and five dinners. Optional excursions. Private rooms are available for an additional $62.50 per night. Ten people must register for the workshop to be offered. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by December 22, 2013.
The Serendipity Hotel is a relaxing and nourishing site for Writing Down the Baja.
A walkway at Serendipity Hotel
Lovely open air dining room
Patio chairs just right for reading
Sunset on the beach at Serendipity
Words Away! Spain
The Writer’s Camino: A Walk Through Nonfiction in Poetry and Prose
Offered by the Writing Ranch and Almaserra Vella
May 10-17, 2014
With daily writing workshops, one-on-ones, and evening readings and critique sessions, this week‐long retreat at Almaserra Vella for established and emerging writers will explore the intersection of literary nonfiction and poetry through prompts that focus both on short memoir and a variety of verse styles. Participants will develop their creative writing skills through in‐class writing exercises, readings and writing assignments. Optional afternoon hiking excursions will be offeredto further enrich participants’ experience of the culture of Relleu and the landscapeof the Marina Baja mountains. Fee includes a chapbook of participants’ work written during the course of the workshop.
Almassera Vella is a large, village house ‐ Relleu’s original olive press - with views of a Moorish castle and surrounding mountains. Opened in 2002 by Christopher and Marisa North as a Literature and Arts Centre, it has comfortable bedrooms, mostly private bathrooms, a large day‐room, loggia, a 3000+ volume library, WiFi, a refectory, and a meeting place with log fire beside the conserved old mill. Outside there is an extensive rear terrace,swimming pool and almond orchard. In the nearby grounds there is a ruined Moorish farm house and olive grove. There are many dramatic mountain walks from Almassera Vella’s front door.
Relleu is an ancient mountain village in the dramatic Marina Baja mountains. There is a modern pharmacy, general store, internet café & four bars. It is a half hour drive from the sea at Villajoyosa and an hour from Alicante airport. Easyjet, Air Berlin, Jet2, Ryanair,Flybe and Monarch fly to Alicantedaily and can be booked through the internet. We will meet and return you for flights 10 am – 5pm by two pick‐ups on the beginning and close of the course, with transport to Relleu. The priceof the course is £750 all inclusive(7 nights) except for air flight and insurance. On reservation, a £175deposit is required. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to the course (cheques to ‘PembertonNorth SL’). Private rooms; non-participatory partners welcome at 10% reduction (discount). Supplemental accommodations available for specific rooms. The cuisine is Mediterranean, including excellent local wines. Vegetarians welcome.
Further details:Christopher and Marisa North, Almàssera Vella, Carrer de la Marede Deu del Miracle 56, Relleu 03578, Alicante Spain. Phone: (0034) 966 856003.Email email@example.com.
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Language Arts for Leaders The Writing Ranch offers a half- or full-day writing intensive especially designed for staff and Board retreats. As a keynote speaker or workshop presenter, Ellen illlustrates the important role language and metaphor play in leadership. Public and private sector clients have found the workshop to be a highly successful team builder, as well as an efficient means to fine tune the use of language in a variety of professional settings.
One-on-One Consultation One-on-one sessions with Ellen Waterston ― online, or in-person ― are available at the rate of $60 per hour. Manuscript editing services, writing instruction, preparations for pitching an agent or publisher are among the support services offered by the Writing Ranch. Contactinfo@writingranch.com.