Workshops & Retreats

Fall Writing Festival 2019

Sunday, October 6 to Saturday, October 12, 2019  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.

Flash Fiction & the Prose Poem: Brief, Bold, & Breaking the Rules - G191028

Flash Fiction & the Prose Poem: Brief, Bold, & Breaking the Rules - G191028

Workshop ID: G191028
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

What, exactly, is the “flash” in flash fiction, and how can a piece of writing be both prose and poetry? In this workshop, we’ll not only […]


Opening the Doors of the Poem - G191029

Opening the Doors of the Poem - G191029

Workshop ID: G191029
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

This workshop is full. Please select another Ghost Ranch offering or be added to a wait list. All too often poets stop too soon, without exploring […]


Postcard Poems, Valentines, & Other Letters to the World - G1910210

Postcard Poems, Valentines, & Other Letters to the World - G1910210

Workshop ID: G1910210
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

This class will focus on the short poem, the long letter, and the literary love note. Working off Ted Kooser’s book of poems called Valentines, Charles […]


Beauty in Brevity: Art of the Short Essay - G1910211

Beauty in Brevity: Art of the Short Essay - G1910211

Workshop ID: G1910211
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

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 […]


Into the Country of Memory - G1910214

Into the Country of Memory - G1910214

Workshop ID: G1910214
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

All journeys take us into foreign territory, whether out in the geographic world or within our own hearts, and the route is inevitably paved with insights […]


Once Upon a Time: Where Fairy Tales May Lead Us - G1910213

Once Upon a Time: Where Fairy Tales May Lead Us - G1910213

Workshop ID: G1910213
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

In addition to reading traditional fairy tales, we’ll read contemporary re-tellings of old tales, and we’ll consider the role of fairy tales in different genres, from […]


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