What Is Bending Genres?

Our Next Event

WHEN: July 22-28

Where: Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Address240 Morada Lane, Taos, NM 87571

WHAT: 6 days of writing workshops and networking with up to 20 other creative writers

WHO: Bending Genres is geared toward writers with all levels of experience.

COST: $1750 – $2250, all-inclusive

Our Next Event

WHEN: May 8 – 14, 2020

Where: Synergia Ranch

Address: 26 Synergia Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Phone: (505) 471 2573

WHAT: 6 days of writing workshops and networking with up to 15 other creative writers

WHO: Bending Genres is geared toward writers with all levels of experience.

COST: $1410 – $1560, all-inclusive

The fine line between prose, poetry, and memoir will be explored during this multi-genre workshop. How can your work sing? Do your poems lack insightful narrative that can tell the deeper message, enrich their meaning? Are your stories too structured, too flat? Like mixing paint onto a canvas, the backdrop of this Synergia Ranch workshop will heighten exploration, and enable us to seek new modes of expression.

Vaughan has authored five published collections, and in each he blends genre, plays with form, and modifies the voices so that they carry beyond the page. His work is risk-taking, inspired by nature, and infused with the surroundings of environmental writing.

Tuite has authored three published collections and four chapbooks that rock the landscape between prose and poetry. She is all about plunging in to the deep end. Joe Millar calls her ‘Bukowski on Zoloft’. She will help you uncover those aspects of your writing that are hidden behind fear. You will activate your imagination, spark your creativity, and free your spontaneity in our workshop!

Vaughan and Tuite’s workshops are simple in format, yet potentially complex in effect. The group creates a genuinely safe environment in which ideas and work can be shared, and feedback is essential. Each writing day begins with a group discussion on a certain aspect of writing. Vaughan and Tuite will read stories/poems/memoir pieces with prompts each morning to fuel you to write into the deepest recesses of your being.

Synergia Ranch is nothing but inspirational. You are surrounded by four major mountain ranges: the Ortiz, Sandia, Jemez, and Sangre de Christo mountains. This exquisite blue sky and adobe architecture are an ancient sacred space to write, reflect, and relax in.

You will have the opportunity and inspiration to explore the unique challenges that writers face in writing a new piece each day. The workshop is ideal for writers of all levels of experience, from previously published writers to novice writers who are ready to launch into new terrain.

This is also an excellent workshop for writers who long to return to a project, or are currently immersed in something. Give yourself the incredibly precious gift of a week to write and to embrace or discover your own potential in an expansive, gorgeous oasis in Santa Fe, NM.

Exploratory Fiction:

Tap In, Dig Deep, Discover Voice

Finding the “WRITE MAP”

Discover how to tap into the recesses of your imagination and memory; reach down into those depths you haven’t plumbed yet. Whether you are writing prose, poetry, memoir, or a combination, let us help you reach your goals and whittle your work down to its essential core.

The first day we arrive, July 22, we will have a welcome circle after dinner. Binders for the course will be distributed and we’ll do a quick group write for 5-10 minutes. Daily schedules and Participants Lists will be distributed. Q & A’s handled.

Each day includes

Coffee/ Breakfast: 7-8:30 am
writing time
Craft Talk: 10:00- 11:15 Covering various topics with reading/ discussions of examples
writing time
Lunch: 12:00- 1:30 pm
writing time
Roundtables: 3:00- 5:15
Dinner: 6:00- 7:30 pm
writing time in evenings

Friday night reading

Everyone will read a page or so—just a quick go-around! It’s a nice way to have the “other group” hear what each writer has been up to. It will also give us a chance to say our “official” good-byes, since Saturday is our last breakfast at Mabel Dodge Luhan House.

Description of the Mabel Dodge Luhan House

“As you approach the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, it’s easy to see why some of the greatest minds of the 20th century were inspired here.

“Situated on the end of a quiet road not far from the center of town, the house appears much as it did in the days when Mabel used to admire her views of the Sacred Mountain from the third- story solarium. One can only imagine some of the tantalizing conversations that must have taken place within these walls. After all, Georgia O’Keefe stayed here. So did D. H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Robinson Jeffers, Martha Graham, among many other notables.

“Today you can add your name to the home’s impressive guest list. As those who came before you, you’re likely to leave with an impetus to return very soon.”

By selecting your room, and paying a $750 deposit, you secure your space in the workshop! Registering is easy. Start the process by Reserving Your Room via the button below.