Writing in the Land of Enchantment in Taos, New Mexico

May 31 – June 14
3 Undergraduate Humanities & Sciences Credits
Course number: HWD-3344-A
Tuition: $3,350


Immerse yourself in a two-week intensive practice of writing and multimedia while discovering the cultural and ecological diversity of Taos and its surroundings. Steeped in Native American and Hispanic traditions and set against the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this high desert town has been a renowned art colony since the 1930s, attracting writers D.H. Lawrence and Aldous Huxley; painters Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Martin and Erin Currier; and photographers Ansel Adams and Paul Strand, among others. Due to its unique geographical location, Taos has also played a pioneering role in today’s quest for sustainable living.

As a program participant, you’ll write short pieces (fiction, poetry, script or memoir) in response to your environment and to selected readings, and then give flight to your words by combining them with multimedia elements of your choice (painting, collage, photos, video or animation). You’ll also practice revision and learn ways that spoken word is used to amplify the writer’s voice. A performance caps the course when you present a sample of your project accompanied by live music.

Writing is shared and critiqued in daily workshops. Guest artists talk about their work and guide you in collaborating with other art forms. Tours of the Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the Earthship community, local museums and galleries will serve as writing prompts. Activities also include a trip to Santa Fe and free time for hikes and exploring on your own.

Tuition includes accommodations, daily breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners, local transportation and site visits.

For more information visit destinations.sva.edu or facebook.com/writingintheLandofEnchantment, or contact Laurie Johenning via email: ljohenning@sva.edu; phone: 212.592.2624.