Djerassi Resident Artists Program

 

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Environmental Life Writing:
Poetry and Prose

with Ann Fisher-Wirth

Writing Your
Book-Length
Narrative

with Jane Vandenburgh


Workshop Retreats

2017 WORKSHOPS
Intimate (7-11 participants) workshop/retreats with distinguished Djerassi resident alumni. Faculty selects participants based on applicant work.

The Program is located one hour south of San Francisco, nestled in redwood trees and coastal grasslands overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Over sixty sculptures and miles of private hiking trails to inspire and renew you. Celebrated chef Dan Tosh’s delicious meals will nourish you. Accommodations are rustic, and the view is spectacular.

The support, space and time you need for your work is here!

APPLICATION INFORMATION & ELIGIBILITY

  • Space is limited. Faculty will select participants based on applicants work within 2-4 weeks after deadline.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Application fee $10-$15 depending on work sample requirements.
  • Information on how to apply for the workshops can be found on our website www.djerassi.org
  • If you have any questions please email the Residency Coordinator, Judy Freeland: judy@djerassi.org or call the Admin Office: 650 747-1250

WORKSHOPS


WSP 100 A — Creative Writing Retreat at Djerassi
Stanford Continuing Studies

Description:
Set in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains above the town of Woodside, the Stanford Continuing Studies Creative Writing Retreat at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program offers the opportunity to recharge your creative energies, recenter your projects, and gain a head of steam for your next phase of writing. Over six nights and five days, we will begin each day with optional yoga, then breakfast, and then a good morning’s writing, with plenty of trips to the “creative library.” Students will meet again for lunch and then our shared workshop. Afternoons will feature individual conferences with the instructor, plenty of writing time, and optional activities, such as a sculpture tour and nature hikes. We will meet again as a group for a wine hour, then dinner. Evenings will host communal readings in the gorgeous natural environment. 

Dates: Thursday, March 9 – Tuesday, March, 14, 2017
Deadline:
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Notifications:
by December 14, 2016

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Environmental Life Writing: Poetry and Prose
with Ann Fisher-Wirth
www.annfisherwirth.com

Description:
A workshop in environmental life writing, or place-based autobiography, offering the pleasures of discovering the profound embeddedness of the self in its world. It is envisioned as a hybrid, combining readings in literature with a creative writing workshop; participants may write either creative nonfiction essays or prose poems, focusing on the interrelationship between the self and the environment. Includes up to 25 pages of manuscript review in the workshop and up to 25 in private consultation; critique of longer manuscripts is available for an additional fee. Applicants accepted pending review of writing samples by Ann Fisher-Wirth.

Dates: Sunday, January 15 – Saturday, January 21, 2017
Deadline:
November 30, 2016
Notifications:
by December 7, 2016

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Writing Your Book-Length Narrative—A Yearlong Workshop
with Jane Vandenburgh  
www.janevandenburgh.com

Description:
A yearlong workshop book-ended by two 5-day residences in the Djerassi Program. Includes monthly 20-30 pp ms deliveries and individual monthly phone conferences. Workshop limited to eight participants. Open to writers at all levels of experience. Applicants accepted pending juried review.

Dates: Wednesday, February 8 - Sunday, February 12, 2017
                                                AND
             Wednesday, February 7 – Sunday, February 11, 2018   

Deadline:
December 7, 2016 extended to December 14
Notifications:
December 21, 2016

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Moving Alchemy
with Sara Shelton Mann
www.sarasheltonmann.org

Description:
Discover your obstinate genius and celebrate creativity with Sara at Djerassi in beautiful Woodside, California.

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to delve deeply into the beginning movement practices of Sara Shelton Mann. This will also include practices in journaling, energetic awareness and intuitive development working with your personal archetypes as focal point. At the culmination of the retreat you will have acquired a dynamic toolkit for exploring new pathways into yourself and your artistic process.

Dates: Friday, February 17 – Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Deadline:
December 21, 2016
Notifications:
January 4, 2017

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Writing the Debut Novel the Non-MFA Way
with Heidi Durrow
www.heidiwdurrow.com

Description:
The workshop is geared to writers working on a first novel and is well-suited for those writing about difference, race, or social justice. The workshop will include workshop manuscript critiques (max 50 pages 12-point font double-spaced), time for new writing as well as workshop writing prompts, a private consultation of 50 pages of your manuscript, and talks on actionable steps you can take to start your career as a published writer (networking, creating your platform, dealing with rejection, how to do a reading). Includes up to 50 pages manuscript consultation in private 1/2 hour session with Heidi Durrow. Full novel review available for an additional fee. Applicants accepted pending review of writing samples by Heidi Durrow.

Dates: Monday, February 27 – Sunday, March 5, 2017
Deadline: January 4, 2017
Notifications: January 11, 2017

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Imaging and Imagination: An exploration of photographic possibilities
with Robert Buelteman, author of Eighteen Days in June, the definitive book about the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. http://www.buelteman.com

Description:
As an image-maker, what is your creative vision, and which techniques might best articulate and refine that vision?  During this intensive and enriching five-night, six-day workshop, we will explore several photographic techniques including cyanotypes, photogrammetry, digital capture, and time-lapse imaging, allowing us to work and play together towards our own individual discoveries. Our subjects will include the flora and landscape of the grounds of the Artists Program, the night sky, and, of course, ourselves.  Applicants accepted pending review by workshop leader Robert Buelteman.

Dates: Monday, March 20 – Sunday, March 26, 2017
Deadline:
January 18, 2017
Notifications:
January 25, 2017

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The Extended Now: live media for installation & performance 
with Ian Winters
www.ianwinters.com

Description:
Geared toward performance makers, visual artists and musicians interested in exploring new media tools, the Extended Now workshop with Ian Winters explores technical and compositional strategies for integrating live and interactive media in performance and site-specific installation. Our time is split between the development of technical skills and creating short site-specific interventions, installations and performances, culminating in a Sunday evening workshop performance for students and invited guests. Applicants accepted pending review by Ian Winters.

Dates: Saturday, June 10 – Thursday, June 15, 2017
Deadline: April 19, 2017
Notifications: April 26, 2017

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Young Adult Novel Writing
with Nova Ren Suma
www.novaren.com

Description:
A fiction workshop tailored for writers working on YA novels of any style and genre, featuring daily critique sessions and time to retreat and produce new work. Includes 75 pages (25 for group critique; 50 in private conference) of manuscript review. Applicants accepted pending review of writing samples by Nova Ren Suma.

Dates: Sunday, June 18 – Saturday, June 24, 2017
Deadline:
April 5, 2017
Notifications:
April 19, 2017

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* Accommodations are available to participants with/disabilities. Please contact Judy Freeland judy@djerassi.org for more information.

 

 

        
Djerassi Resident Artists Program
2325 Bear Gulch Road  
Woodside, CA 94062

650 747-1250
drap@djerassi.org
www.djerassi.org


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