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Master Class in India

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Our inaugural India Master Class in Goa offers the possibility to immerse yourself in Hedgebrook’s unique retreat experience amidst the beauty and wonderment of India. Like Hedgebrook’s Master Classes at our retreat on Whidbey Island, this is a rare opportunity to study with a renowned writer in a small-group workshop and enjoy being in residence near the famed white sand beaches of Goa.  Here writers will receive a taste of Hedgebrook’s “radical hospitality”, along with devoted time and space within a new landscape and culture that will amaze, inspire & energize your writing.

Beloved writer and teacher Elmaz Abinader will lead a multi-genre workshop open to women writers of all backgrounds and all levels of experience. Participation is limited to 8 writers to ensure individual attention and create an intimate, supportive writing community.

How To Develop Stories from Your Own Life

For Fiction/Non-Fiction/Memoir Writers

Our lives are the primary source for our stories. Many of us have kept journals and diaries, sharing our experiences and our journeys. Transforming the moments of our lives to stories, fiction or non-fiction, is a process of shaping them into narrative that we share with readers. Many of the decisions we make from scope, point-of-view, person and angle-of-discovery determine the experience of the story.

The participants in this workshop can come with raw material or with stories (up to 6000 words) and we will experiment with the elements of the narrative. Everyone has an opportunity to rewrite in different modes: angles, perspectives and voices to push the way we imagine our own lives in stories. We workshop as well as generate new parts of our work.

Elmaz AbinaderElmaz Abinader is a poet, memoirist, playwright and novelist. Her first memoir, Children of the Roojme, a Family’s Journey from Lebanon, chronicles three generations of immigrants battling dislocation and tradition.

Her new poetry collection, This House, My Bones was the Editors Selection, 2014 from Willow Press/Aquarius Press. Elmaz won the 2000 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry award for the poetry collection, In the Country of My Dreams… . She was also awarded a Goldies Award for Literature, as well as two Drammies (Oregon’s Drama award) for her three-act one-woman show, Country of Origin. Elmaz performed Country of Origin at the Kennedy Center and has toured several countries with this play and two others: Ramadan Moon and 32 Mohammeds.  Elmaz’s work has been widely anthologized, most recently in Al Jazeera UK, Sukoon Magazine, Mizna, The New Anthology of American Poetry, Vol. 3 and The Colors of Nature. Elmaz has been a Fulbright Senior Fellow to Egypt, taught for the Palestine Writing Workshop and a resident at the El Gouna Writing Residency on the Red Sea, Cansarrat, Montalvo and MacDowell Colony. Elmaz is one of the founders of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, (VONA/Voices), now in its 17th year providing workshops for writers of color. She is also a creative writing professor at Mills College and a fitness instructor at the Oakland Y.

Dates: January 24 – February 2, 2018
Location: Goa, India
$3000 to $4400, depending on accommodation
Now Closed

    A beautiful private residence in a rural neighborhood, a short drive to Goa’s white sand beaches and/or into nearby Old Goa. Although Goa is prevailing as a legacy of the Portuguese colonial era (Portuguese rule in Goa lasted for as long as 450 years), in fact, its history dates back to the antiquity during which facts were mingled with mythology, as part of the Mauryan Empire (the 3rd century B.C). Today, the Goan people still retain a distinctive Southern flavor, yet, combine their own native culture, making Goa one of the multi-cultural showcases in India.The property provides an enclave for the class that allows private areas for writing and terraces/verandas to withdraw for peace and quiet.  There are several common areas, both indoor and out, as well as an outdoor pool surrounded by lush gardens for poolside relaxation.

    The property, originally built as a B&B, is now offered by our Indian host to support Hedgebrook’s ‘radical hospitality’ Master Class Program abroad.  There is internet connectivity on the property in the common areas but not in the bedrooms.

    The Retreat Experience

    There are both private rooms and double-occupancy rooms available for this class.

    All class participants are free to arrive two days early (January 24th) to recover from jet lag and settle into the residence.  Class sessions will begin on Friday, January 26, 2018.

    Each writer will be housed at the private home of our India host with delicious meals and amenities provided. During their stay, writers will enjoy the retreat aspect of this private property with a pool amidst a tropical garden, free time for afternoon day-trips (cars and drivers provided) to explore nearby sites either at the beaches or in Old Goa and an intimate workshop limited to 8 students led by Elmaz Abinader.