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Announcing the 2023 San Miguel de Allende Writers Workshop

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Join hostess Debora Annino and me, along with other writers, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a Spanish Colonial town that has served as a gathering place for artists and writers since the 1930s. The enchantment of San Miguel delights with its charming colonial architecture, iconic Parroquia, award-winning restaurants, Latin music, and lively literary and arts community. The fourth annual five-day, four-night retreat includes the following:

• Writing Workshops led by yours truly

• One-on-One Writing Consultation

• Transportation to/from airport

• Shared room accommodations in private home and local B&B

• Breakfasts, lunches and dinners

• Walking tour of San Miguel de Allende

• Mexican Art Tour

• Shopping in Mercado de Artesanias

• Latin-music dinner

• Volunteer opportunity with Little Things Matter Foundation to serve local community

* private room $350 additional fee

Airfare not included…

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Creative Nonfiction Annotated Bibliography

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My grad student Andrea Hitefield is doing an independent study in writing creative non-fiction. One of her assignments: vet and compile a list of resources for writers interested in pursuing this topic. Here’s her list: 

Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. Edited by Wendy Call and Mark Kramer. New York: Plume, 2007. Practical advice on writing nonfiction from the country’s most prominent journalists and authors. Authors from Tom Wolfe to Nora Ephron share from their perspective on the writing process from finding topics to structure. Each chapter is written by a different author, varying in style and tone.

Dillard, Annie, and Lee Gutkind. In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction. New York: W.W. Norton  and Co., 2004.  A book filled with articles from the top creative nonfiction writers as compiled in the magazine “Creative Nonfiction” which is edited by Gutkind. Each chapter
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Authors of Influence

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Recently some Facebook friends asked me to list fifteen authors who had influenced me. I had only 15 minutes to compile my list. Here’s what I wrote:

C. S. Lewis
J. R. R. Tolkein
Dorothy L. Sayers
Lady Julian of Norwich
T. S. Eliot (I apparently like writers who use their initials)
Jane Austen
Madeleine L’Engle
William Shakespeare
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Charles Dickens
George MacDonald
Lauren Winner
George Herbert

Once I had more time to think about it, I traded Lauren Winner for Carolyn Custis James. Philip Yancey probably should probably appear here somewhere too. How would you answer this question?…

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