Writing in the Land of Enchantment in Taos,
June 3 - 17
3 undergraduate humanities & sciences credits
Course number HWD-2344-A
FACULTY: DAVIDA SINGER, ISABELLE DECONINCK
Immerse yourself in a two-week intensive practice of writing and multimedia while soaking up the rich, diverse culture of Taos, New Mexico and its surroundings. Set against the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this magical desert town became a world-renown art colony by the mid 20 th century, attracting the likes of writers D. H. Lawrence, Mabel Dodge, and Aldous Huxley, painters Georgia O’Keeffe, Earl Stroh, and Agnes Martin, and photographers Ansel Adams and Paul Strand. Today, Taos still boasts a vibrant art community steeped in Native American and Hispanic tradition, and is a unique place of raw, natural beauty.
As a program participant, you’ll write short pieces (fiction, poetry or memoir) in response to your environment, then learn to give flight to your words by combining them with multimedia elements of your choice (photos, collage, drawing, music) for a final presentation. You’ll also practice the art of revision and explore ways spoken word is used in performance to amplify the writer’s voice.
Writing is shared and critiqued in daily onsite workshops. Guest authors talk about their work; musicians guide you in reading your pieces with breath and rhythm and in collaborating with other art forms. Tours of the Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos Modern School of painting, and local museums and galleries serve as writing prompts. Activities also include a day-trip to art-mecca Santa Fe. Rafting and hiking, and the farmer’s market are among things to do on weekend free time. A performance caps the course, when you present your project, accompanied by live music.
NOTE: This course grants humanities and sciences creative writing credits.
Course Objectives: This program offers students the opportunity to push artistic boundaries and expand their vision of what words can do, while writing in response to the energetic environment of Taos and creating a multimedia portfolio and performance piece. The course will enable them to hone their craft and better critique their own work and that of their peers.
Course Requirements: Students are required to attend all workshops and group activities and do all reading, writing and listening assignments, as well as daily journaling. Other requirements include a final portfolio and a presentation due at the end of the course.
Reading /Listening List
- Eleveld, Mark (ed). The Spoken Word Revolution, Sourcebooks MediaFusion (2005).
- Handouts: poetry, short prose, critical essays.
- Selected videos (Robert Mirabal, Allen Ginsberg, Laurie Anderson).
Tuition includes accommodations, welcome and farewell dinners, daily full breakfast, local transportation, guided tours and site visits.
Activity level: moderate (12 – 13 on the RPE Scale)