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2024 Writers retreat

june 28-30

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JUNE 28-30

at the albuquerque Museum
9am - 3pm Each Day + In-Person Guest Speakers

"In June of 2023, fresh and unleashed from America’s covid crisis, a room full of excited poets gathered for the Annual Jimmy Santiago Baca Writer’s Retreat, held at the Albuquerque Museum. Besides the expected daily workshops, we were surprised to receive sessions on ecstatic dancing, hip-hop verses, gardening, native ceremonial movements, and an opportunity to learn a Buddhist chant. In his words, we were invited to ‘loosen up the subconscious enough to allow the ego to step aside for the writer/poet to write’. And loosen up we did."
- Veronica C. Evans

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This year’s retreat is structured in a way to open you up, to leave behind the age-old rules and regulations on what good writing is and isn't and break into open fields of your own sensibility and evoke those vignettes of thought and emotion that reflect your inner landscapes-- create new rules that are measured by your sincerity, your compassion, your loves and sadness’s. Don't go for the silly textbook dance where you mimic Charlie Chaplin's walk and mannerisms-- instead, be your own, sing your own, cry and dance your own stories and lyrics--this will be the crux of our craft lessons, to trust yourself enough to open up and welcome in the listener to hear your story, witness your journey. 

And who is the greatest Opener of all? The feminine instinct, Mother Earth, She who births life with her fingers, lips, sight, scent, touch, every aspect of Her Being pulsates with life-giving energy and that is what the poet does, the writer does, with every word and sound we round the male edges to lure from inside ourselves our feminine nature to create and open and spread and be vulnerable and evolve.... yes, evolve our beings to nourish not negate, to serve not turn our backs, to feed not hoard, to shelter not exclude, to love not betray....

That's what this writing retreat will be, balancing on the fulcrum of our confidence to bloom ourselves in every fertile word....


— Jimmy Santiago Baca

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FRIDAY JUNE 28, 2024

  • 9am – Welcome ~ music by Sam Barrett 

    • Followed by Melina Martinez and Vivian Caroll reading 

  • 9:30am - 12pm - Jimmy Santiago Baca - overview of structure, editing, and publishing

  • 12 - 1pm - Featured chefs Fernando Ruiz and Robert in the Museum's sculpture garden. There is also a cafe in the Museum if the menu doesn't suit you, as well as nearby eateries  (Feel free to bring your own water bottles)

  • 1 - 3pm - Memoir Workshop with Obed Silva

  • 3:15pm - Premier of "Redemption Time" movie






  • 9am - 12pm - Workshop including focus on:

    • Direction, Experience​​Imagination and Inclination

  • 12 - 1pm - Lunch break

  • 1 - 2pm - music with Taom MacDougal and Spoken Word with Kennady Knight

  • 2 - 3pm - Isaiah Wayne Casias, musician on Poetic Elements of Rap 

  • 3 - 5pm - Readings 

SUNDAY JUNE 30, 2024

  • 9 - 11:30am - Community Readings and Spoken Word with Garland Thompson, Jr.

  • 11:30am - 12pm - Raffle for Weekend Stay in Abiquiu

  • 12 - 1pm - Lunch break

  • 1 - 3pm - Music by Devino

  • 3 - 5pm - Readings



Visiting Albuquerque?

Who Should Attend

Don't think that because you're not a published poet/writer/screenwriter or novelist you can't join us––in fact, those with stories in their heads and desire in their hearts are the best ones to attend this workshop. You'll learn how to get those poems, that story, that memoir written. Guarantee it. You'll learn about structure, tone, metaphor, stream of consciousness, editing, and much, much more. We promise a memorable event for you, to make new friends for life, to become a better writer/poet, to express yourself in your own unique fashion.



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