FICTION with FRANCISCO GOLDMAN
Francisco Goldman’s fiction master class is open to those working on fiction of any length, from short stories to novels and all forms in between. Participants should be prepared to send one submission in advance by email and to distribute further work, either by hard copy or as email attachments, once in Tepoztlán. Individual submissions should not exceed 20 pages in total; the week should allow for at least three.
A cover letter to the group is generally welcome and will help orient your readers with respect to your goals for the workshop, the issues on which you would especially appreciate responses and the nature of your project. Those working on a novel should include a synopsis with their first submission.
POETRY with PAUL MULDOON
The poetry master class with Paul Muldoon is as much a seminar as a workshop. A brief assignment will be given in advance by email to all participants and further prompts will be given throughout the week for new poems to be exchanged each day. Prior work will not be considered in this workshop, where improvisation and specificity come together in an exploration of the art of poetry as a shared enterprise across the ages.
MEMOIR with ALISON WEARING
Alison Wearing’s memoir workshop will focus on the unique joys and challenges of chronicling one’s life on the page. In addition to focused one-to-one sessions (in which guidance and feedback on specific projects will be offered), participants should also expect lively talks and discussions about what makes a memoir sing, writing a personal story in such a way that it has broader resonance, the dangers (and delights) of writing about one’s own family, the line between truth and fiction (if such a line exists) and the unique challenges of travel memoirs, as well as a broad romp through some of the finest memoirs of our time with an aim to understanding why they work so well.
While there will be ample time available for writing and daily exercises will be offered, participants are also invited to consider this a time of inspiration and broadening perspectives and are free to tailor their experience and output to suit their particular situation.
PAGE TO STAGE with CATHERINE FILLOUX
Led by playwright and librettist Catherine Filloux, this stage-oriented workshop is a platform for developing new work in theater, opera or mixed media. Open to both practicing and aspiring artists, Catherine’s workshop will offer performance opportunities leading to a final showcase, with guidance for further development of the projects that emerge. This workshop is an ideal incubator for advancing prior projects or for generating new ones, including monologues, librettos or plays, and for writers with ideas that range from intimate and personal to those concerned with global issues such as social justice, human rights, the environment and long-term change. Previous performance experience is desirable but not required.
WRITING FROM THE CRATER: Cultural Journalism & the Essay with JONATHAN LEVI
Equal parts opinion and knowledge, the best cultural journalism is a cocktail that educates as it inebriates. Jonathan Levi’s workshop takes Malcolm Lowry’s iconic novel Under the Volcano as the starting point for a week that will culminate in an extended piece of publishable cultural reportage by each participant. Members of this workshop will arrive with a draft book review of Lowry’s visionary novel and, in the course of the week, through explorations and interviews in the village and nearby Cuernavaca, where Lowry worked and wrote, will develop an essay or piece that draws on the rich past and vital present of Mexico. Daily workshops, special all-group performances and presentations, and meetings with leading artists and local figures, will provide depth and context for individual writing projects. Draft work will be presented by mid-week to allow time for feedback and revision. Projects for this workshop may be interviews, essays, articles or blogs intended for either print or online audiences. A final one-on-one meeting with each participant will focus intensely on language.
Writers in languages other than English are welcome to apply, but classes require fluent conversational English. Previous journalistic experience highly desirable but not required.
SPECIAL PROJECTS with MAGDA BOGIN
Magda Bogin’s master class riffs on the lines between fiction, memoir, non-fiction and other forms of writing that for one reason or another defy easy classification. Her workshop welcomes participants writing in either English, Spanish or both or whose work explores border-crossing in any of its forms. Past participants have included native speakers of English who live or were raised in Mexico, Latinos from the US and an array of “others” with existential or personal reasons for language choices that may even vary over time or within a given work.
SPECIAL SESSIONS (updates forthcoming)
THE EMPTY PAGE with MAGDA BOGIN & LANCE BRUNNER
A special session co-led by UTV director Magda Bogin and Shambhala teacher Lance Brunner, this two-hour workshop is offered free to all master class participants as part of our opening weekend. Both former Kellogg National Fellows, Bogin and Brunner will draw on the approach and techniques of the Shambala Buddhist tradition most relevant to writers, with a focus on innovative ways to bring renewed energy to the empty page.