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New half-day workshops for writers and photographers

By Elizabeth M. Marshall

Half-day workshops with the world-class faculty who have traveled to San Miguel for the Writers’ Conference are open to the public and filling up fast. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hone your skills with distinguished experts, all with excellent reputations for teaching.

San Miguel Writers’ Conference
New half-day workshops for writers and photographers
Mon, Feb 17, 9am-1pm and 2-6pm
Hotel Real de Minas
Ancha de San Antonio 1
Hotel Posada del Aldea
Ancha de San Antonia 15 (David Whyte only)
Register in-person: Biblioteca courtyard
11am-2pm, January 23, February 4 and 6
Half-day sessions are US$75

This year, for the first time, you are invited to work all day with the same instructor or to work with one instructor in the morning and another in the afternoon. Material from the morning will not be repeated in the afternoon, and material in the afternoon will not depend on what was taught in the morning. These shorter sessions are also attractively priced.

The workshops include a wide spectrum of topics including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, playwriting, social media, marketing, and travel photography.

Among those teaching half-day workshops are two of the 2014 San Miguel Writers’ Conference keynote presenters. Renowned poet and New York Times bestselling author David Whyte will reveal ways to move the act of writing beyond the confines of the rational mind. Ellen Bass, widely published poet, co-author of The Courage to Heal, and Pushcart Prize recipient will focus on the poetry of place and the use of metaphor.


Morning Workshops (9 to 1) on Monday, February 17:

• Fiction: “Plotting and Executing the Arc in Fiction” by Victoria Zackheim

• Memoir: “Writing About Anger, Grief, Joy and Exultation: How to Express Emotions on the Page Without Resorting to Clichés” by Laura Davis

• Nonfiction: “Four Secrets to Writing Absolutely Compelling Memoir” by Dinty Moore

• Playwriting: “Beginnings” by Deborah Brevoort

• Poetry: “Location, Location, Location: The Poetry of Place” by Ellen Bass

• Poetry and Prose: “Writing’s Secret Way: The Art of Asking for Invisible Help” by David Whyte (New!) Due to unprecedented demand, this workshop was recently added. It will convene at 9am at Hotel Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 (a few blocks from the Conference hotel).

• Social Media: “Fans, Followers and Friends – How to Maximize and Monetize Social Media – Part 1” by Penny Sansevieri

• Creative Writing: “Writing from Your Own Experience: Memory” by Mary Morris

• Travel Photography: “Seeing Through the Lens Putting People in Focus – travel photography that any publisher will love!” By Robert Groos & Anita Soluna


Afternoon Workshops (2 to 6pm) on Monday, February 17:

• Fiction: “The Acorn Workshop: I’ve Got This Great Idea…Now What?” by Victoria Zackheim

• Memoir: “The Quirky, Craggy, Unusual Detail” by Laura Davis

• Nonfiction: “A River Runs Through It: What Makes a Story Whole” by Dinty Moore

• Playwriting: “Plotting Along” by Deborah Brevoort

• Poetry: “Metaphor: What Is It Like?” by Ellen Bass

• Social Media: “Fans, Followers and Friends – How to Maximize and Monetize Social Media – Part 2” by Penny Sansevieri

• Creative Writing: “Writing from Your Own Experience: Building Scenes” by Mary Morris


Whether your interest is poetry or memoir, fiction or social media, photography or marketing, don’t wait to register. Class size is limited. Half-day sessions are US$75.

To buy keynote event tickets or register for a Monday Workshop in person, stop by the Biblioteca courtyard from 11am-2pm, January 23, February 4 and 6. To register or purchase tickets online, go to:



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