Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.
Travel awakens the mind and deepens the consciousness. When we cross borders and cultures, discoveries we make can lead to profound breakthroughs. And now, with most of us not traveling, there has never been a better time to reconnect to our richest travel experiences and deepen our own understanding of them by committing them to paper. In this three-week generative workshop, Lavinia Spalding, award-winning author of Writing Away and six-time editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, invites you to gather the words to bring your travel stories to life.
In each two-hour session, we write together from innovative prompts, poetic passages, and photographs as we conjure “story slices” that serve as the seeds for longer narratives. We share our work in class and offer feedback as a supportive, curious community. We also read various short published pieces for inspiration and illumination. In focused craft sessions, we discuss bringing concentrated sensory attention to our writing, creating momentum, developing scenes, handling setting, making diverse characters come alive, utilizing metaphor, and more. We explore creative approaches to animate and enliven our prose as we compose evocative sketches of the people and places that have moved us—and in turn, we learn how to move readers.
In this dynamic three-week course, we reengage with the most pivotal moments of past journeys and mine them for more meaning. We learn to articulate impressions and experiences succinctly and vividly. And we emerge not only with fresh, powerful drafts and ideas, but also with a newfound capacity for creative expression and the heightened ability to identify our most compelling material.
This online workshop is open to writers and wanderers of all experience levels. Come with half-formed ideas or journal entries you would like to shape into essays, or photos and sketches that tell a story. Come with an open mind, a sense of wonder, and a few hours to lose yourself, once again, in some faraway elsewhere.
This program is open to writers of all levels.
Class will meet 12:30 -2:30 pm (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting April 26 and ending May 13 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.
Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.
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Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops. If the video quality for a particular online experience is not up to our standards, we will work to post a higher-quality recording, online, for your review shortly after the live event concludes.
Please Note: During the online registration process you will be asked about housing and meals. Answer no to both questions.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Lavinia Spalding is the six-time editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing, author of Writing Away: and co-author of With a Measure of Grace and This Immeasurable Place. She introduced the e-book edition of Edith Wharton’s classic travelogue, A Motor-Flight Through France and has contributed to such publications as AFAR, Longreads, Tin House, Yoga Journal, Sunset, AirBnB magazine, Ms., Post Road, Inkwell, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, and The Best Travel Writing. Her work has won gold Lowell Thomas and Solas awards, has been recognized in The Best American Travel Writing, and has been widely anthologized. Lavinia is a member of The Writers Grotto and Peauxdunque Writers’ Alliance. She has taught writing workshops around the world, from Mexico to Morocco to Peru to Nepal. Lavinia lives in New Orleans with her family. You can also watch her TEDx talk here.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.