October 30-November 6 (Friday to Friday)–Day of the Dead
Summer Fiesta–email email@example.com if you would like to come to a fiesta in June or July! Summer is not hot in San Miguel de Allende. It’s gorgeous and high altitude!
Laura’s Mexican Writing Fiestas are dedicated to the notion that writing can be a pleasure as well as a serious craft. Immerse yourself in your writing and be inspired by the beauty of San Miguel– its art, food, and culture.
The October Writing Fiesta will coincide with Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead is beautiful in San Miguel de Allende, filled with marigold-strewn altars with mementos to the departed. It will be a lovely week to focus on personal writing and memoir. There are lots of events during the week, including the La Calaca arts festival.
Laura’s Mexican Writing Fiesta is much more than a writing workshop–it’s an immersion in Mexican culture, a chance to relax and pamper yourself in a luxurious environment, an opportunity to eat great Mexican food, meet some of the interesting local artists, shop for some beautiful jewelry and pottery, and have a few margaritas along the way. You’ll have the advantage of seeing the beautiful colonial town of San Miguel de Allende with someone who knows its secrets well.
The writing workshop is small–limited to ten–so that you will get very individualized attention from Laura. She’ll talk about your writing goals, and finish up with a one-on-one coaching session. The workshop is held in a refurbished 300-year-old colonial villa, filled with gardens and private writing spaces, right in the center of town.
“I attended this in October and it was AMAZING. Laura Fraser is a gifted teacher and group facilitator. And besides the great lesson in writing, she created a cultural experience of Mexican culture and art. I highly recommend it!”
About the workshop: This workshop is for experienced (though not necessarily published) writers who would like an unhurried, relaxing, but serious atmosphere to write stories from their life experiences–whether travel, memoir, personal essay, or family history. We will work on loosening up your writing, paring it down, finding themes, structuring your piece, and polishing your prose into something you might publish. While the workshop will mainly focus on writing, I will also discuss the practicalities of publishing, finding an agent, editor, and publisher, as well as self-publishing.
I will tailor the workshop to your writing needs, and to talk about your progress. Each day will begin with a free writing exercise, and then a writing topic to discuss in depth, with readings, including structure, writing from the senses, character, dialogue, and others. You’ll have writing assignments that involve exploring and experiencing San Miguel de Allende.
Between workshop sessions, there will be plenty of time to explore the colonial artists’ town of San Miguel de Allende, to wander its cobblestone streets, and visit its galleries, restaurants, and live music venues. We will have several meals and excursions planned, but plenty of free time for writing or sitting in the sun.
Workshop price includes five morning workshops, two evening receptions, a daily main meal at the villa, a guided tour of town, a cooking class with lunch, optional excursions to a hot springs or private folk art collection, a celebratory dinner and reading, and a Mexican goody bag includes class materials and a signed. On your own you can schedule massages, astrology readings, yoga classes, horseback rides, mountain bike rides, and many other activities. (You might want to come early and stay late!) The workshop starts with a reception Friday night and ends with a meal on Thursday. Workshop times are 9-12 every morning, with writing time and activity time in the afternoons.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE IS A VERY SAFE DESTINATION.Of course, as in any foreign country or U.S. city, you have to use your common sense–dress modestly, mind your purse, take official cabs, and walk with someone at night.
Cost:$1200 includes workshop, activities, one major meal a day, two receptions, cooking class, and excursions. Accommodations in the villa for the week (there are four bedrooms, including breakfast) are an additional $2400, if available. We will help you made alternative accommodations nearby in your price range. $500 deposit required to hold your spot in the workshop; $1000 is required to hold your room in the villa. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and to ask any questions. October workshop sells out fast!
DEPOSIT, PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY
Laura’s Mexican Writing Fiesta workshops are limited to a small number of participants, typically 9 or less. Therefore we require a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your space. The $500 will be applied towards the fee of the workshop. In addition to the deposit for the workshop, there is another non-refundable $1000 deposit required for housing if you are staying at the villa. Fees vary depending on the time of year. Final payment is due no later than 30 days prior to workshop, after which the reservation will be considered cancelled. One exception to the non-refundable deposit policy: with adequate notice of a documented family emergency we will permit you apply all but $250 administration fee towards another workshop within one year.
Laura’s Mexican Writing Fiesta is subject to a minimum of four students. In the unlikely event that Laura’s Mexican Writing Fiesta is cancelled for any reason, we will refund your full deposit and final payment if it has been made. In no case are we responsible for airline change fees; therefore, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance. We also recommend that you hold off buying your airline ticket until you get confirmation that the workshop will be filled, one month before.
If the rooms at the villa are sold out, other hotel accommodations are available nearby at budget, moderate, and luxury rates. In case the villa becomes unavailable for any reason, we will find another of equal value or change the price accordingly. Contact email@example.com for details.
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The Writing Fiesta can also arrange your transportation to and from the airport and reservations at other hotels if you would like to stay before or after the workshop, and Laura will make suggestions or reservations at her favorite local restaurants. It’s never a bad idea to book an extra day or two to become acquainted with the town before the workshop. It’s closest to fly in to the Queretaro (45 minutes) or Leon (1.5 hours) airports, where shuttles can pick you up, but flight layovers may make it easiest to fly in to Mexico City, where we can also arrange a shuttle or driver at a slightly higher cost.
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Laura Fraser is as gifted as a writing instructor as she is a NYT best-selling author. Not every great writer can teach writing, but Laura excels at both. With enthusiasm and compassion, she breaks down each aspect of personal writing and invites her students to be honest, bold and daring on the page. Under her guidance the words easily flow and what seemed challenging and confusing before, takes shape with new structure and voice. Her “Writing From Experience” workshop in San Miguel is much more than a workshop – it’s a cultural fiesta! While the writing classes are incredibly constructive and informative, the excursions into San Miguel’s colorful lifestyle, food, music and history make the whole experience one I’ll never forget.
–Gwen Mayes, Lawyer, Freelance Health Policy Writer
Laura Fraser’s writer’s workshop in San Miguel was everything I’d hoped it would be and much, much more. The accommodations were not just comfortable, they were absolutely luxurious and very secure. Our classes were enlightening and constructive with feedback given in a very positive manner. Sometimes it can be beyond intimidating to bare your soul in a writing group, but Laura made it a wonderful experience. She is an intelligent, experienced and very skillful writer who understands and embraces the craft of writing. She’s able to get that across easily in her classes. I left with renewed enthusiasm to see my writing project through to completion.”
–Fran Tunno. Copywriter and voiceover actress
“Laura’s workshop was a pleasure and more importantly, the structure of the sessions and her facilitation allowed for very practical feedback. I do not think that every writer can create an environment where the workshop portion is actually useful, that is, where the participants can be constructive, not too nice and not too mean. But that is exactly what happened. The format allowed for a lot of learning (for me, especially on structure), a lot of re-writes and a lot of fun. And of course, San Miguel! What can you say? Beauty, charm and friendly people – a perfect spot for a workshop.”
–Carol Merchasin, lawyer and essayist