You'll meander through cobblestone streets, in a town where time seems to have stopped centuries ago - and listen to the many voices - simply describing. In this way we'll experience Guatemala as it is, free of our own pre-conceptions. And while we work, we'll note our own reactions - looking for insights to our own lifestyles and culture. Then you'll expand your writing to include other senses beyond the camera. Together, we'll record the smells of the marketplace; the warmth of the sun breaking through the early morning mists of Lake Atitlan; the sounds of children laughing, speaking foreign tongues in Parque Central; the color of bougainvillea spilling over tumbling rocks of centuries-old colonial ruins; the delicious taste of fresh tortillas and pepian.
Roseann is a poet, editor, nonfiction writer and experienced instructor. Her most recent book - WAR BABY EXPRESS - won the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry in l997. She coedited the book LOOKING FOR HOME: WOMEN WRITING ABOUT EXILE, which was awarded the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Her first collection of poetry, TAP DANCING FOR BIG MOM, is now in its second printing. She teaches at several colleges in Minnesota as well as a long-standing private class.
Class time will be spent writing together, reading to each other, planning our writing trips and discussing writing strategies. We'll look to other poets, including Guatemalans, for ideas about ways to form our 'snapshot' observations into our own poems. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of writers.
ANTIGUA is any artist’s dream location. It's a delightful small town with an international ambiance and features spectacular visuals, fabulous shopping, great little outdoor cafés and most importantly, warm hearted, welcoming people. A highlight of this workshop will be on Sunday, when you'll see 'alfombras' - carpets made of sawdust, flowers and pine needles that families design and create in the streets in front of their homes. Students will also visit the breathtakingly gorgeous western highlands of Guatemala, where they’ll have the opportunity to visit colorful Mayan markets and see wide vistas of volcanoes rising out of the early morning mists of LAKE ATITLAN.
Price includes tuition, lodging in a lovely colonial style B&B, a hearty breakfast each morning, all ground transportation and some pretty interesting field trips.
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