Workshops & Retreats

Fall Writing Festival 2018

Sunday, October 7 to Saturday, October 13, 2018  The Ghost Ranch Fall Writing Festival began in 1997 with three classes and has grown to include classes in a variety of genres including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, spiritual writing, essay, children’s literature, playwriting, songwriting, travel writing, memoir and even letter writing.

Workshop groups are small, typically seven to twelve people. Classes meet for three morning hours, with optional craft lectures, panels, presentations and readings in the afternoons and evenings. Hiking, landscape tours and field trips enrich the experience.

Fall Writing Festival instructors come from all over the country. Along with a national reputation, each brings years of experience mentoring both beginning and established writers—and a willingness to meet with students one-on-one. Classes bond. Friendships that begin at Ghost Ranch last a lifetime. For many, the Fall Writing Festival becomes an annual reunion.

What Ghost Ranch writers have created, over the years, is a testament and a tribute to the power of place—this particular place—to inspire introspection, advocacy, the recording of history and elegy.

Fall Writing Festival - Singing in Dark Times - G181032

Fall Writing Festival - Singing in Dark Times - G181032

Workshop ID: G181032
Dates: October 7 - October 13
Price: $650.00 - $1,195.00

The playwright Bertolt Brecht wrote, “In the dark times, will there be singing? Yes, there will be singing. About the dark times.” Rather than fret or rant […]


Fall Writing Festival - Opening the Doors of the Poem - G18102

Fall Writing Festival - Opening the Doors of the Poem - G18102

Workshop ID: G18102
Dates: October 7 - October 13
Price: $650.00 - $1,550.00

This workshop has been cancelled. Mark Doty won one of the most prestigious poetry awards you can earn and his award is being granted in Ireland […]


Fall Writing Festival - Beauty in Brevity: The Art of the Short Essay - G181042

Fall Writing Festival - Beauty in Brevity: The Art of the Short Essay - G181042

Workshop ID: G181042
Dates: October 7 - October 13
Price: $650.00 - $1,550.00

A well-crafted short essay is intimate, heartfelt and moving. It combines the narrative flow of fiction, the concise quality of lyric poetry and the emotional power […]


Fall Writing Festival - The Voices You Hear Have a Story to Tell - G18105

Fall Writing Festival - The Voices You Hear Have a Story to Tell - G18105

Workshop ID: G18105
Dates: October 7 - October 13
Price: $650.00 - $1,195.00

Charles Dickens claimed that all of his characters spoke to him, and that he wrote down what they said. He was even harassed by a character, […]


Fall Writing Festival - 4x6 Poetry: The Power of the Post Card - G181062

Fall Writing Festival - 4x6 Poetry: The Power of the Post Card - G181062

Workshop ID: G181062
Dates: October 7 - October 13
Price: $650.00 - $1,195.00

In her continued love affair with the letter Jane Taylor offers you an opportunity to further tighten and distill language. Each session will focus on a […]


Fall Writing Festival - Diving Deep: The Art of Memoir - G18107

Fall Writing Festival - Diving Deep: The Art of Memoir - G18107

Workshop ID: G18107
Dates: October 7 - October 13
Price: $650.00 - $1,195.00

Discover the life-changing potential of memoir writing. Dive deeper into your heart and your past, to mine your own life for the stories that need telling. […]


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