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Summer Writing Workshops

Diana Spenchler

By Nathan Feuerberg

Summer Writing Workshops
Presented by San Miguel Literary Sala
July 2–July 28
For more information and to register:

Are you interested in polishing your prose? Do you want to be more creative with your craft? You’re in luck. Four proven and popular instructors will be teaching Summer Writing Workshops (July 2–28) in San Miguel. Writers will be meeting for a one-hour introductory session and four three-hour sessions (one per week) in Bellas Artes. To ensure a high quality workshop experience, we are limiting the number of participants to twelve.

Writing A Page-Turner with Diana Spechler (Fiction/ Nonfiction)

Have you ever wondered what the secret is to making a book impossible to put down? It’s not such a big secret; it’s a matter of having a few tools in your toolbox. Whether you’re working on a novel, a memoir, short stories, essays, or a screenplay, this class will help.

Diana Spechler is the author of two novels and of The New York Times column “Going Off.” She has written for GQ, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Paris Review Daily, O The Oprah Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Saveur, and more.

The Art of Memoir and Travel Writing with Laurie Gough

Our lives are interlaced with stories: intriguing, fascinating, funny, tumultuous, sad, extraordinary, heartfelt, and unique to each of us alone. This workshop offers you tools and insights from the master memoirists, as well as the instructor’s own experience, to help transform the stories of your life into a literary work.

Laurie Gough is author of the memoirs, Kiss the Sunset Pig: An American Road Trip with Exotic Detours (Penguin), and Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman’s Travel Odyssey, shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.

Writing The Play That Moves You with Merridith Allen

Whether you have an idea, or a full draft, this workshop will improve your play. Zero-in on what makes your story special, and learn to pitch it. Each workshop will include fun, thought-provoking exercises on scene construction, writing dialogue, theme, rewriting, and character. Merridith Allen’s plays have been read and produced at The Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Provincetown Theatre, Urban Stages and the New Georges Theater Space. She was a recipient of the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writer’s Conference in 2013.

Blogging & Social Media Fundamentals for Writers with Mittie Roger

Interested in starting a blog? Want to maximize the reach and influence of your content on social media? In this workshop, you will learn creative ways to craft your blog and social media content so that your readers will share it. You’ll fine tune your narrative voice, zone in on your target audience, and demystify social media.

Mittie Roger’s blog of five years focuses on off the beaten path travel in the Americas. Both a blogger and a social media consultant, Mittie works with writers, brands, and artists. Her first book of short stories, Aurora, was published in December of 2013 after its title story, “Aurora,” received second place in the 2012 Richard Bausch contest. Her nonfiction has appeared in Land Rover Magazine, Land Rover Monthly and Fuse.


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