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2023 Writers retreat

june 23-25

at the albuquerque Museum
9am - 2:30pm Each Day + In-Person Guest Speakers

The 10th Annual Jimmy Santiago Baca Writers Retreat is open for registration! 

Who Should Attend?

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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


Friday, JUNE 23, 2023​

  • 9 - 9:30am: Poetry Reading - Melina Martinez

  • 9:30 - 11am: Writers Workshop with Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • 11am - 12pm: Breathing Exercises & Ecstatic Dancing - Michael Pupiales

  • 12 - 1pm: Lunch Break 

  • 1 - 2pm: Guest Speaker - Alma Zaragoza-Petty, author

  • 2 - 2:30pm: Hip-Hop Scholars Daniel Gray-Contar & Mario Montoya

Saturday, JUNE 24, 2023

  • 9 - 11am: Writers Workshop with Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • 11 - 11:30am: Trauma Writing - Joshua Deleeuw

  • 11:30am - 12pm: Fiction Writing - Kay Cordtz

  • 12 - 1pm: Lunch Break

  • 1 - 2:30pm: Guest Speaker - Edward Vidaurre, author & publisher

SUNday, june 25, 2023

  • 9 - 11am: Writers Workshop with Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • 11 - 12pm: Lunch Break

  • 12 - 1:30pm: Community Reading

  • 1:30 - 2:30pm - Ecstatic Dancing - Michael Pupiales

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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