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Write with Marcia in Mexico, January 2-8, 2025

Women’s Creative Writing Workshop Retreat with Marcia Meier

Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico, Jan. 2-8, 2025

Seven days, six nights of writing inspiration!

 

An immersive generative workshop using prompts, poems, and art modalities as inspiration. Join us as we use music, dance, painting, drawing, clay, and body movement to create new work, share and offer gentle feedback (encouragement!), and enjoy the wonderful camaraderie that naturally happens when women writers gather. 

 

It will be the start of a new year! What are our hopes, dreams, wishes, aspirations? What memories come up that bring us gratitude, joy, or sadness? Let’s gather and explore ways can we generate new and revised work that touches deep places—that sings!

 

New and seasoned writers are welcome. Come to kindle and rekindle the writer’s life.

 

A $500 deposit secures your reservation. The cost is $2,395 for a shared room, and $2,995 for a private room. Space is limited to 10 writers. Includes everything but travel to and from the retreat and two lunches on your own, including one in Teotitlan del Valle.

Teotitlan del Valle is an ancient weaving village about thirty minutes beyond the hubbub of the city of Oaxaca. It is where ancient rituals are practiced much as they were hundreds of years ago. Our location provides a source of inspiration and spiritual connection. We will also schedule visits to local artisans to see how they make their work. 

There will be optional daily activities in our schedule: afternoon walks, and mini-seminars on writing topics such as writing effective description and dialogue, or submitting creative work for publication. Each person will have a private coaching session with Marcia, as well.

Our Preliminary Schedule

 

Wednesday, January 2—Arrive to Oaxaca, travel to and settle into our Teotitlan del Valle retreat center by 4 p.m. Transportation from the airport to the village is at your own expense. Welcome dinner at 6 p.m. Introductions, schedule, and questions. Sign-ups for consultations.

 

Thursday, January 3—Breakfast is at 8 a.m. Writing workshop (including group feedback) with Marcia from 9 a.m. to noon; lunch from noon to 1:30; free writing time and individual 45-minute 

consultations 1:30-4:30 p.m. (consultations will be scheduled with Marcia during the welcome dinner on January 2; local artisan visit 4-30-6 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.

 

Friday, January 4—Breakfast is at 8 a.m. Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon with Marcia; lunch is noon to 1:30 p.m. Special topic “Crafting Your Project,” from 1:30-2:15 p.m. Free writing time and individual consultations 2:15-5:30. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, January 5—Breakfast is at 8 a.m. Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon with Marcia. Lunch is on your own in the village. From noon to 4 p.m. you have free time to either explore the village or to continue to write on your own. We will schedule individual consultations from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. 

 

Sunday, January 6— Breakfast at 8 a.m. Special topic, “Getting Published” 9-10 a.m. We will depart by van to the famous outdoor Tlacolula Market to explore local culture. Lunch will be with a traditional cook whose comedor is near the market. Workshop session will be held from 3-6 p.m. Light supper at 7 p.m.

 

Monday, January 7— Breakfast at 8 a.m. Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon with Marcia. Lunch on your own. Free writing time and individual consultations 1:30-5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. we’ll have a final reading of work created during the week, followed by a Grand Finale Dinner.

 

Tuesday, January 8—Breakfast at 8 a.m. Goodbyes and departure. We will help you arrange transportation to the airport or the city by private taxi at your own expense. We can also recommend lodging if you want to extend your stay in Oaxaca City — come a few days early or stay later!

We reserve the right to make itinerary changes and substitutions as necessary. For more information, contact Marcia at marcia@marciameier.com or Norma Schafer, retreat organizer, at norma.schafer@icloud.com.

Website:  https://oaxacaculture.com/2024/01/2025-womens-creative-writing-workshop-retreat-inspirations-for-a-new-year

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