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Art of Aging: Contending with Time in the Personal Essay – G2010111

We have all aged, no matter what our age. For most of us aging is a land we never wanted to visit . Some may live in denial, but most of us are trying to acclimate ourselves to this new reality. Much of our literature concerns the stories of youth and beginnings. This workshop believes the experience of aging has its own stories that are worth our attention. In this communal setting, we will ask what are the stories we want to tell of our experience and begin telling them . Writing about aging is of course writing about time; how much do we get and what shall we do with it. Where are we in the stream of time and what anchors us, relationships, beliefs, purpose? What are our challenges and can we write about them in compelling, artful ways? Through in class exercises and prompts, we will explore our own truths, quirky, funny, dark, challenging, and perhaps unresolved. Through readings of what others have written and discussion we will explore many aspects of growing older, what our culture tells us, feelings and attitudes, physical and mental health, the role of humor, relationships and loneliness, finding purpose, and even death,  with the goal of producing essays that can be workshopped, revised, and shared.
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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Welcome to autumn at Ghost Ranch - a festival of color and creativity. Whether you choose to paint with brushes or fire or thread or write with a pen or a computer, let the hues of the ranch and the companionship of your colleagues inspire your pages and projects. All workshops meet every morning. Students in writing workshops will have afternoons to reflect, discuss, create and attend various talks. Fine art courses will have studio time. Participants from all workshops are welcome to attend readings and concerts in the evenings. In 2020, our artist in residence will be Cornelius Eady, a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominated poet, who has set his poetry to song with the Cornelius Eady Trio. Eady’s songs tell the story of passing time, the Black American experience and the blues in the style of Folk and Americana music.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

 Workshops always begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed..

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?
  • Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.

Instructors

  • Marcia Aldrich
    Marcia Aldrich

    Marcia Aldrich is the author of the free memoir Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton and selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series. She has been the editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, one of the premiere literary journals featuring personal essays and memoirs. Companion to an Untold Story won the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction, selected by Susan Orlean. Several of her essays have been included in the Best American Essays series. She is the editor of Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women published by The University of Georgia Press. Waveformessays.wordpress.com.. She was named Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

Date

Oct 04 2020 - Oct 10 2020

Time

Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am

Cost

$775.00 - $1,540.00
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