Writing Ranch Announces Three Upcoming Creative Writing Opportunities for Central Oregon Writers

The Writing Ranch announces three creative writing opportunities in the upcoming months: Writing Wild Horses, Writing for the Health of It, and the Eighth Annual Creative Writing Retreat in Mexico

October: Writing Wild Horses

A special three-day Nature Writing Intensive is being offered October 17-19, 2016 by the Writing Ranch in conjunction with the High Desert Museum’s fall 2016 series of programs and presentations related to wild horse management in the high desert. Museum naturalists and guest speakers, as well as Sage, the Museum’s Kiger-in-residence, will inspire workshop participants as they explore nature writing techniques, as well as the literal and metaphorical aspects specific to this issue. Explore prose and poetry responses with author and poet Ellen Waterston. Visit www.highdesertmuseum.org for registration information. Limited to 15 participants. Fee: $220.

October: Writing for the Health of It

The Writing Ranch returns to St. Charles Cancer Center to offer a creative writing workshop October 5-November 1. Participants will explore the intersection of poetry and prose, of fiction and nonfiction in this seven-part series that includes an anthology of students’ work and a concluding luncheon and formal reading. Limited to 15 participants. For registration information contact the St. Charles Cancer Center or wfrudy@stcharleshealthcare.org.

February: Writing Down the Baja and the Manuscript Lab

The Writing Ranch is pleased to announce the eighth annual writing retreat in Todos Santos, BCS, February 5-11, 2017. Writing Down the Baja © and the Manuscript Lab will again be held in the “pueblo magico” of Todos Santos, long an inspiration to artists. New this year are events in conjunction with the Todos Santos Writers’ Workshop including evening guest readings and a fiesta featuring presentations by Mexican writers and musicians. Led by award-winning author, poet and writing instructor Ellen Waterston, this popular retreat is designed for both emerging and established writers. Morning Writing Down the Baja sessions are designed for emerging writers or those returning to their writing practice. The afternoon Manuscript Lab offers a structured approach to developing a manuscript-in-progress. Three completed chapters of a prose manuscript or 15 completed poems are required for participation in the Manuscript Lab.

The fee for the week-long Todos Santos retreat is $1,965 and includes daily workshops, evening critiques, guest author presentations, a published anthology of participants’ work, and lodging and meals at Serendipity, an exquisite beachfront boutique hotel. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required upon registration. Register on or before November 3, 2016 and receive a $100 discount. Participants are responsible for their own airfare and ground transportation to and from Todos Santos. Visit www.writingranch.com for registration information.

Bend, Oregon resident Ellen Waterston is an award-winning poet, author and literary arts advocate. Most recently she converted her verse novel, Vía Láctea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, to a libretto. The opera premiered June 2016. Waterston is currently at work on a nonfiction project and a fourth collection of poetry. She established the Waterston Desert Writing Prize in 2015. The 2017 competition opens for submissions January 1, 2017.

The Writing Ranch was founded in 2000 and offers retreats and workshops for established and emerging writers.

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