French Vistas: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop

French Vistas: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop in the South of France

Instructor: Sara Mansfield Taber
7 Nights and 8 Days
June 5, 2017 - June 12, 2017
Fee: $2395 includes all instruction, lodging, and most meals

 

In a foreign country, the pattern of days is less predictable—each one  has its character, and is easier to remember.  So, too, the weather; and so, too, the shape and feel of newspapers, the sound of bells, the taste of beer and bread.  It is all rather like waking up and not knowing who or where one is…quite ordinary things take on an edge; one keeps discovering oneself miraculously alive. So, the strangeness of a place propels one into life.

-Alastair Reid, Whereabouts: Notes on Being a Foreigner

 

Join Sara Mansfield Taber, author of Bread of Three Rivers: The Story of a French Loafand Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter for a workshop in creative nonfiction at Auvillar, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts’ Writers’ Studio Center from June 5th-June 12th, 2017.   

During this special week, participants will gather each morning to sample beautiful works of creative nonfiction, receive tips on literary craft, create new work or hone projects already underway, and share their writing.  Those writing travel pieces, memoir, personal essay, or literary journalism, beginners and seasoned writers: all are welcome.

Afternoons, participants may spend writing on their own and experiencing the delights of Gascony, a region known for its excellent wine cellars, graceful countryside, ancient abbeys, and crumbling castles. The workshop includes visits to an open-air market, to a town on the Santiago de Compostella pilgrim route, and to the Fete de St.-Noe, Auvillar’s annual wine festival.

In this lovely, tonic setting away from home, participants will sharpen and refine the skills to make their writing come “miraculously alive.” Beholding the glorious vistas and feasting on the fine cuisine of Gascony, they will discover, as well, their senses quickened and perspectives refreshed.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Sara Taber: 

See also www.vcca.com

 

Sara Mansfield Taber is the author of Bread of Three Rivers: The Story of a French Loaf, a book about the work and lives of the baker, the wheat farmer, the miller, and the other artisans whose work goes into a French village loaf. She has also published the award-winning Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter and Dusk on the Campo: A Journey in Patagonia.  Her travel pieces, essays and memoirs have been published in literary journals and newspapers such as The American Scholar and The Washington Post, and produced for public radio. An editor and literary coach, she has taught for many years at universities and at The Writer’s Center Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Workshop Details:

French Vistas

7 Nights and 8 Days

June 5 - 12, 2017

Fee: $2395 includes all instruction, lodging, and most meals

 

Early Bird Registration deadline: March 15

Early Bird Discount: $100

 

Registration deadline: April 15

Arts Organization membership discount: $100

Single occupancy fee: + $200

Non-participant fee: $1200

 

Lodging:

Workshop participants will be lodged in either:

The Hôtel de l'Horloge in Auvillar or VCCA’s Maison Vieilhescazes, a French country house 

The rooms in VCCA’s Maison are more modest and offered at a lower cost: $2,195 for double occupancy.

 

Trips and Activities:

Participants will visit the Tuesday market at Valence d’Agen, as well as Moissac, a town on the Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage trail. Also included will be a visit to the St. Noe festival, an annual wine festival held in Auvillar the weekend of June 10th.