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The Cracks in the Bell Workshop

By Maia Williams

Writing exercises in November will tap into the power of hard times, loss, grief, and transition, either experienced or anticipated. Topics will include loss of place and community, professional or personal identity, aging, and death. In tandem, we’ll write about acceptance, wonder, transformation, and celebration.

Although the act of writing is often therapeutic, this writing workshop is not intended to be group therapy. In order to support this distinction, we will follow guidelines created explicitly for writing groups.

The goal is for each participant to produce one solid draft of a story or poem per week, for personal satisfaction or publication. No writing experience is necessary.

Each week, samples of fine writing will be used to demonstrate literary techniques and as models for our work, to elicit ideas and memories and to inspire us to write with honesty and clarity. We will record and transform our thoughts and experiences into memorable poetry or prose or a hybrid form. We will experiment with ways to honor, deepen, and enrich a story.

We will explore short forms of nonfiction and poetry by notable writers, such as Martín Espada, Natalie Diaz, Billy Collins, Joanna Macy, David Whyte, Joy Harjo, Ada Limón, Joanna Macy, Paul Kalanithi, Glenis Redmond, and Rumi.

The intent is to create a safe environment for participants to share their work and receive positive feedback. Sharing is optional and encouraged. We will listen to the silence, to each other, and to ourselves.

Workshops are led by Maia Williams, codirector of the International San Miguel Writers’ Conference, founder of San Miguel’s Poetry Café Bellas Artes, and publisher of Crossroads: La Vida Creative en San Miguel de Allende.

Courses are conducted in English. Seating is limited. Preregister or ask a question via email:—Subject: Write!



Show Up and Write!

Wednesday Workshops with Maia Williams

November 7, 14, 21, 11am–1pm

USD$85 or 1,600 pesos each

(Special: Register by Mon Nov 5, USD$75 /1,400 pesos)

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