Old Friend From Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

May 14 - May 17, 2018


SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: SF Workshops/Writers Lab
PHONE: (505) 983-1400, ext. 111
EMAIL: info@santafewowrkshops.com
WEBSITE: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshops/writers-lab/

Explore what it means to make your past come alive by cutting through to the emotional truth and writing your personal experiences

We know the particulars of our lives—the facts of when and where we were born, the cities in which we lived, the name of our high school crush—but memoir is more than the chronological presentation of these facts or an orderly procession of places and dates. Memoir writing urges us to break the surface, cut through to the emotional truth underneath, and to record and share our experiences without guilt, regret, or shame.

This memoir-writing workshop with Natalie Goldberg and Rob Wilder explores what it means to remember, and how to make our past come alive with the written word. We study the mind and the meandering way the mind remembers. We relax into the heart of our lives and let the stories inside us unfold.

During our intimate time together we practice sitting meditation, slow walking, and writing exercises that include timed writings as well as book discussions. We enjoy the power of deep listening—to yourself and others—in small and large groups.

There is planned free time to write on our own, take a nap or walk. Bring fast writing pens, empty notebooks, and a beginner's mind.


This program is open to writers of all levels.


A reading list will be sent to participants prior to the workshop. Enrollment is limited to 25.


Add on-campus housing! A single room with private bath is $400 per person for five nights. Or share a double room, with private bath, with a friend for $300 per person for five nights.


Tuition includes a meal plan of breakfast and lunch, Monday-Thursday, May 14-17, and a closing dinner on Thursday evening.


Featured Writers Include:

Natalie Goldberg and Robert Wilder


Creative nonfiction


50 Mount Carmel Rd.
Santa Fe
New Mexico, United States

Santa Fe Writers Lab

In the Santa Fe Writers Lab education programs we hold values of community, craft, and the creative process in the highest regard. With our collaborative and affirming environments, a passion for writing and storytelling—and a hunger for shared experience—are the most important ingredients.

Rolf Potts, Hampton Sides, Natalie Goldberg and others renowned in the literary world, provide daily lessons on the art and craft of writing in a variety of genres and travel destinations. In quiet settings, they encourage constructive conversation and motivate you to muse and write.

Our private campus in Santa Fe has long been a sanctuary for learning and study. We share this enchanted place with a neighboring Carmelite Monastery. Dramatic views of the surrounding Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges, warm sunshine, cool mountain air, beautiful courtyards, access to hiking trails, convenient on-campus lodging—and a private caterer to provide fresh, healthy meals—are the elements that converge to make this the perfect place in Santa Fe to find inspiration and hone your craft.

In Cuba, our home is Convento Santa Brigida, a beautifully restored convent in the heart of Old Havana. Featuring simple but comfortable accommodations, light-filled group meeting spaces, a breakfast room, a library, a chapel, and Italian nuns as our lovely hosts, this convent is a serene base to reflect and write.

Whether you are joining us in enchanting Santa Fe, or dynamic Havana, the Writers Lab provides you with a hub of creativity and community, extraordinary instructors, supportive staff, and the opportunity to take your writing to the next level.