How do I register?

Click the “Register” link in the main menu above. You’ll be taken to a page where you’ll be asked to choose your room type—this functions as your registration. You’ll be billed $750 as your initial deposit. The remaining balance will be due later.

How do I pay?
You can make your initial payment via PayPal or by sending a check to

Robert Vaughan
7735 North River Road
River Hills, Wisconsin 53217

We ask that your final payment be made via check (mailed to the same address). If you want to use PayPal for the next payment as well, a $20 processing fee will be applied.

What if I have to cancel?

We really hope you don’t have to cancel, but should your plans change, you can get a full refund if you cancel by the following dates:

  • For Mabel Dodge Luhan, cancellation deadline is May 1, 2019.
  • For Synergia Ranch, cancellation deadline is February 1, 2019.

Unfortunately, we cannot refund deposits for cancellations made after those dates.

How many bathrooms and showers are there for rooms without bathrooms attached?
At Mabel Dodge Luhan (in 2018), every room has access to a private bathroom, as described in the room’s details.

At Synergia Ranch there is a shower room for women and for men separately. Each have 3 shower stalls (see photo slideshow on this page) and 3 sinks and mirrors.

Toilets (with sinks) are set up all around the Ranch. There are two next to the Dome where morning workshops are held, also two next to the dining room, and two located next to the North and South buildings with lighting so you can get to them easily at night and, of course, during the day.

How do I get to the Mabel Dodge Luhan House?
Taos can be reached:

By CAR: Please refer to the insert map for specific directions. At the plaza stoplight, turn east on Kit Carson Road (US 64). Two blocks from the plaza, turn left on Morada Lane. Turn left at the end of the paved road for the Mabel Dodge Luhan House driveway and parking area.

By SHUTTLE SERVICE: Available from Albuquerque and Santa Fe with a reservation: Mountain View Shuttle at (575) 770-8759 or Taos Ski Valley Shuttle at (575) 776-2291 x2384

By RENTAL CAR: Enterprise Rent-A-Car at (575) 758-5553 with discount code L34D109. One-way reservations accepted.

By PLANE: Albuquerque airport is a 3 hour drive to Taos. Santa Fe airport is a 1 hour 15 minutes drive to Taos. Denver airport is 5-6 drive to Taos.

By TAXI: When you arrive in Taos and need additional in-town travel, please call Faust Taxi Service (575) 758-3410 (call to reserve).

How do I get to the Synergia Ranch?

From Santa Fe:

Take Hwy 14 south toward Madrid (either from the I-25 exit or as a continuation of Cerrillos Rd.). About 1 1/2 mi. S from I-25, you’ll cross Hwy 599, where there’s an Allsups store and a gas station. Keep going. About 6.8 miles further south, you’ll come to a minor crossroad labeled as County Road 44 to the left, and County Road 45 to the right. Turn RIGHT on County Road 45 (to the West). This road is also called Bonanza Creek Rd. If you pass by the Lone Butte County Store, you’ve just missed the turn. Go back a few hundred yards and you’ll see it. From the turn-off onto County Road 45, go 1.5 miles until the road makes a sweeping curve to the right. DON’t follow that curve — instead, go straight ahead on the dirt road labeled Silver Hills Road. About 100 yards further, there’s a dirt drive to the left labeled Synergia Road. You have arrived!

From Albuquerque:

Take I-25 north, and go 42 miles to Exit 271 to La Cienega. Jog to the right, then turn Right to get onto the frontage road paralleling I-25 going back south. Continue 1 mile on the frontage road to the turn-off for County Road 45 (also called Bonanza Creek Road). Turn Left here, heading east. The signs there direct you to Los Cerrillos, Bonanza Creek, and Rancho Allegre. Just over 5 miles on the fourth major bend going to the left, DO NOT continue around the bend. Instead, look for the dirt road heading to the right from the bend in the road. Go right (west) there onto Silver Hills Road. You’re almost there! About 300 yards further, look for Synergia Road on the your left. You have arrived!

If lost, call (505) 471-2573 or Cell Phone (505) 690-8541

What is the format for the workshop?
This is a generative writing workshop, with plenty of time built in to write. We will have craft talks every morning, and writing roundtables in the afternoons, where writers will have the opportunity to receive and give supportive feedback about their work. Some possible evening sessions will be added also.
Will I get feedback on work I've already written?
Yes, you will get feedback daily, during our roundtables lead by Meg and Robert (two groups).
What should I do to prepare for the workshop?
Once we have gathered a list of registrants, Meg and Robert will send out a bibliography list of materials that you might consider reading prior to Synergia. of course, anthologies like Rose Metal Press’s Field Guide To Flash Fiction and Field Guide to Prose Poetry are wonderful. As is Best Small Fictions, 2016.

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a comfortable place to plumb our depths.

The beautiful outdoors makes an inspiring backdrop at Synergia Ranch!

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