Travel Writing as Memoir

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Sep 17 - Sep 20, 2018


SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: Admin Office at SF Workshops
PHONE: (505) 983-1400, ext. 111

Hone your keen eye, refine your attentive ear, and indulge your hunger for writing personal travel stories.

Travel transforms us. When we venture out to connect with the world, we open ourselves to insights and revelations about our place within it. Conscious travel becomes not so much about the destination as an end in itself but a means of understanding ourselves in a new place.

Writing while traveling is a time-honored tradition that gives us a deeper sense of what we are experiencing as we begin to see connections between seemingly unrelated events and catch glimpse of the import they contain. Because it provides insights that may have eluded us in the past, travel writing is a well-worn path to self-discovery, providing fascinating stories for our travel memoirs.

Rolf Potts shares his own experience and insights while offering skill-improving input on each participant’s travel memoir—be it a newly formed idea, a collection of notes, or a finished manuscript. Mornings are spent in the classroom enjoying informal lectures, group discussions, and review is of work brought to the workshop, as well as reading daily generative writing assignments. Afternoons are set aside to reflect and write. Participants engage in one-one-one sessions with Rolf during the course of the week.

Spend four days honing your keen eye, refining your attentive ear, and indulging your spirit, hungry to make meaningful connections between the world outside and the one within.


This program is open to writers of all levels.


Enrollment limited to 16 writers.


Add on-campus housing! A single room with private bath is $450 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, and a closing dinner on Thursday evening.


Featured Writers Include:

Rolf Potts


Creative nonfiction


50 Mt. 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.