Havana Alive – Photography Workshop and Tour in Havana Cuba with Jim O’Donnell

Join Jim O’Donnell and Yisel Perez Batista and an 8 day, 7 night photography tour of Havana, Cuba. April 2017. Contact Espiritu Travel for more information or (800)-387-1370

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Guided By Its Light – Nature Writing Workshops with Jim O’Donnell

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.  – Joseph Pulitzer

Writing has long been a means of exploring and understanding the natural world. Nature writing also provides an opportunity to personally reconnect with the natural world and build a sense of place for our larger community. This intensive weekend course looks at how the work of writing nature helps to re-establish a sense of place, recalibrates our internal compass to what is vital in life and raises awareness of both the human place in nature and the impact humans have on the natural world. This course involves numerous active writing and observing excercises. We will review the various forms of nature writing (essays, articles, poetry, journals), discuss critical thinking skills, ask how and why, reflect on our own experiences of nature and expand those reflections into coherent and well-formed essays, stories and poems using concrete details, point of view and creating vivid scenes. We want to move from being inarticulate about nature to a lyrical precision about the natural world.The workshop runs for two consecutive days and takes place outside. The workshop involves active hiking and exploration.

NEXT Nature Writing Workshops : 2017 dates TBA. Taos, New Mexico, USA. Contact SOMOS for more information: 575.758.0081 or somos@somostaos.org

Feedback

“What a blessing it was to take time out for focused, creative time that took us out of ourselves and our schedules.  I enjoyed, and benefited from, the balance of information, observation and exercises.” – Marylinn

“I really enjoyed your class and learned a lot.  I thought your class was very well organized and the exercises were interesting.” – Phaedra

 “What I liked about your class is that you kept it interesting and on topic. Something I greatly appreciate. It moved along and scattering lecture with exercise kept it lively. I also found your attitude and smile engaging and relaxing, even though you challenged us I never felt any judgment coming from you. Thank you.” – Jo

“Such a pleasure absorbing every moment of being in the natural world in such a unique way. Every exercise was a treasure. The class was a joy.”  – Susan

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The Well-Versed Traveler – Travel Writing Workshops and Classes with Jim O’Donnell

“I climbed a path and from the top looked up-stream towards Chile. I could see the river, glinting and sliding through the bone-white cliffs with strips of emerald cultivation either side. Away from the cliffs was the desert. There was no sound but the wind, whirring through thorns and whistling through dead grass, and no other sign of life but a hawk, and a black beetle easing over white stones.” – Bruce Chatwin 

Travel writing is often thought of as its own unique genre in writing. Yet what one finds under the travel writing label varies to an extraordinarily wide degree. Travel writing can encompass an instant or a decade. Travel writing can include a single place…a café, a city, a hill top…or an entire journey. Travel writing can be observatory of what is beyond the writer or can turn the eye inward on the narrator. Travel writing can also be a fiction. This six week introductory course will review the origins of travel writing, story forms used in travel writing, discuss the boundaries of truth, fiction, and anthropology, observation and details, narration fundamentals, original voice and interview skills.  We will take your work from concept to publication over the six weeks.

Next Travel Writing Workshops: Saturdays 10am to 12pm. January 14 to February 4, 2017. Taos, New Mexico, USA. $125/person. Contact SOMOS for more information: 575.758.0081 or somos@somostaos.org

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