It’s officially summer, and that means most of us just want to relax and enjoy the hot weather. As a writer, this can also be an exciting time of the year to find inspiration for your next writing project, or to create new ways to express yourself artistically with your current one. The Taos Summer Writers’ Conference can be your writing muse, letting you bask in the splendor of summer while consistently working on your craft.
What Can You Expect At the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference?
The conference takes place July 15-22 at the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center in Taos, N.M., a city known as a Mecca for artists and writers (Gertrude Stein, Georgia O’Keeffe and Aldous Huxley all lived there at one point).
Each day of the conference begins with an optional yoga class (seriously!) followed by workshops from instructors on various topics, from novel writing and poetry to memoir writing and young adult fiction. Weekend workshops include how to publish your work, and even how to break into screenwriting.
Taos Summer Writers’ Conference Attractions
If you go, make sure to visit the popular D.H. Lawrence Ranch, the house where the English novelist stayed for two years in the 1920s. Also stop by Taos’ many historic museums, including University of New Mexico’s Harwood Museum of Art, and the Millicent Rogers Museum, where you can relish in Native American jewelry and contemporary paintings.
Writers of all areas will enjoy this annual conference, especially those who want to hone their craft and get honest critiques from their peers—all while admiring the beautiful city of Taos.
Taos Summer Writers’ Conference Price
Cost of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference is $650 for the full week and $350 for the weekend only. Many instructors request manuscripts before the conference, so be sure to check out the conference’s website for guidelines of each workshop you plan to attend before registering.
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For more info on the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, visit http://www.unm.edu/~taosconf.