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

Workshop ID: G2010111
Dates: October 4 - October 10
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

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.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
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

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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