News; things to look for, The power of the arts, Travel

Why the heck do I organize trips to Cuba? I am not a travel agent…I’m a novelist, poet, teacher!!!

February 20, 2016   Why have I--- a quite busy professional writer; teacher of creative writing; writer’s consultant; film maniac and occasional Cuban film festival curator; arts adorer; salsa dancer and music devourer; and, of course, lover of books, and lover of justice --- continued to organize trips to Cuba?      Like my Multicultural Cuba… Continue reading Why the heck do I organize trips to Cuba? I am not a travel agent…I’m a novelist, poet, teacher!!!

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News; things to look for, Travel

Writers and artists and filmmakers and educators’ journeys to Cuba! And please read the article at The View from the Loft!

Here is the latest nutshell of news about the upcoming trips to Cuba for writers and others folks in the arts: 2011 Writers, Artists, and Filmmakers Research Delegations to Cuba! February 12-20, and April, 2011. Groups of writers, visual artists, filmmakers, educators, others, will be going to Cuba, February 12-20, and early April 2011, exact… Continue reading Writers and artists and filmmakers and educators’ journeys to Cuba! And please read the article at The View from the Loft!

Creative Process, News; things to look for, Travel

Cuba Trip: One life-changing, art-opening, mind-opening, announcement.

2010 Writers and Artists Research Delegation to Cuba! January 3-11, 2010. A group of writers, visual artists, educators and others will be going to Cuba January 3-11. We will stay in Old Havana, as well as visit nearby Matanzas province and Varadero Beach. We will meet with Cuban writers, artists, filmmakers, architects and others, and… Continue reading Cuba Trip: One life-changing, art-opening, mind-opening, announcement.

General Writing, Travel, Voice

Memories of Censorship; Beyond the World of Your Story; and Who the Heck is in Charge Around Here, Anyway?

So, I am back from teaching, and learning, at Skidmore, the site of the 30th annual writers' conference of The International Women's Writing Guild, attended by hundreds of women doing every kind of writing imaginable, and an extraordinarily large number of gifted and devoted teachers, in an atmosphere unusually democratic and creatively fertile. I will… Continue reading Memories of Censorship; Beyond the World of Your Story; and Who the Heck is in Charge Around Here, Anyway?

Character Development, Narrators, Travel

The Effect of Travel on Storytellers

Having just returned from 2 months out of the country, including about 5 weeks in Turkey, I want to mention a few things about travel, and what for me seems to constitute a jolt to the writer who does travel, perhaps, especially, to the writer of story. Clearly, poets find themselves awash in images that… Continue reading The Effect of Travel on Storytellers