WRITING IN TAOS
UPCOMING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

@ somos salon


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Bring Your Words to Life
The Art of Reading Aloud
Workshop & Class with David Pérez

What might you discover if you read your story laughing? Or with an unexpected movement? Or by changing the cadence of your voice, or placed silence at its center? What if you sang your poem? Recited your memoir as a fairy tale?

This unique class can change the way you read words aloud - and the way you write them. We will learn to speak with expressiveness, free our bodies and voices, take just the right level of risk, and connect deeply and honestly with ourselves and with each other.

One-Day Workshop, Saturday, Sept 19, 2 - 5 pm
Cost: $40

Six-week class: Mondays, Sept 21- Oct 26, 6:30- 8:30 pm
For those who want to continue to develop their skill in reading their own work (or other's) aloud. We will end our class with a public performance!
Cost: $150 SOMOS members/ $175 nonmembers

What students say:
“Wonderfully inventive, with often amazing results.” - Nora Jacquez, Writer, Lawyer and Professor
"I laughed, wept at times, and left inspired to learn what David plans for future classes."- Sharon Bradshaw, Writer


David Pérez is an author, actor, editor, radio host, and teacher with decades of experience in performance and public readings. His South Bronx memoir "WOW! (2011) won numerous awards and he was selected "One of the Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch and Read" by latinostories.com. David is the Co-Director of SOMOS.
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YOU DON’T GET CREDIT FOR LIVING: WRITING THE ESSAY AND MEMOIR

Led by Jan Smith

In writing the memoir and/or personal essay one has to raise the stakes and write down ideas that, of course, come from living and experience, but also have something of the unexplainable that keeps a reader turning the pages. Subtext, a writer’s entanglement with words that turns language into art or the way in which the narrative moves through time – these craft skills captivate the imagination.

In this eight-week workshop we will explore the difference between merely recollecting experience and making that experience count for something beyond the credit you get merely because you lived through it. We’ll read essayists and memoirists (Anne Carson, Hilton Als, William Hazlitt, Philip Lopate, Dinty Moore, Mary Ruefle, William Maxwell, Patricia Hampl, Dorothy Allison, Jeannette Walls and others) who are masters of the form and share writing for both peer and instructor critique. Writers of all levels welcome.

CLASS MEETS ON EIGHT THURSDAYS, 6-8:30 P.M.
OCTOBER 1 – NOVEMBER 19, 2015
SOMOS SALON, 233D PASEO DEL PUEBLO SUR
FEE: $200/SOMOS member; $225 nonmember
CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS; DEPOSIT OF $100 DUE BY 9/25/15.

 

Jan Smith has an MFA in Creative Writing and has been the Curator for the SOMOS Summer & Winter Writers Series since 2009, and the Co-Director since June, 2014. Her writing has been published in Chokecherries, Howl, The Pitkin Review, and she has won awards from Southwest Writers in 2012 and 2014 for a short story and an excerpt from her memoir, Blink Like Crazy: How Imagination Saved Me, which has been accepted for publication for the Spring, 2016.

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Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

 

Led by Bonnie Lee Black, MFA
Tuesday evenings, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
October 6 to November 24
at the SOMOS Salon

This eight-week workshop is for seasoned writers who wish to actively pursue their creative nonfiction writing goals and greatly improve the quality of their nonfiction writing. Led by the award-winning memoirist Bonnie Lee Black, this workshop will encourage participants in their efforts to write their own truths about the world in ways that are both factual and compelling. Each week students will share their work with and receive constructive feedback from both instructor and peers. The course will place strong emphasis on the value and importance of providing substantive feedback and making significant revisions – the latter stages of the writing process.

Workshop Fee: $275 per participant ($300, nonmembers); $125 deposit due by February 24, remaining balance due at first workshop. Make checks payable to SOMOS. 6 students minimum; 10 students maximum.

Bonnie Lee Black holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles (2007), and a BA in Literature/Writing (with honors) from Columbia University, New York City (1979). She is the author of three published memoirs: Somewhere Child (Viking Press, 1981), How to Cook a Crocodile (Peace Corps Writers, 2010), and How to Make an African Quilt (Nighthawk Press, 2013), as well as numerous published essays. Bonnie has taught English and Creative Writing at UNM-Taos for nearly ten years and was given the Most Inspirational Instructor award by the faculty senate in 2010. In 2012 she was chosen one of the Remarkable Women of Taos and is featured in the recently published book of the same name.
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Call for Mentors
** Fall 2015 *
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The Young Writer's Program

is looking for a few good writers

 

Want to make a difference in a young writer's life? Volunteer as a Writer-in-the-Schools, or as a mentor for individual students. Writers-in-the-Schools facilitate fun, engaging creative writing workshops in area classrooms in specific genres. Individual mentors meet with young writers on an ongoing basis to provide creative outlets and encouragement. Young writers need you!!!

For more information, email jenaca68@gmail.com. Please include the word “mentor” in your subject line. Or call YWP Curator Jennifer Acampora at 575-776-4440

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Taos, New Mexico