SOLANA

A Writer's Retreat in
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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February 25 - March 3, 2019

Any questions, please contact us!

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Hosted by Cynthia Carranza & Dini Karasik

Named by Travel + Leisure magazine as the "best city in the world," San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, is a writer’s dream. Located in Central Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains, there is much to see and experience. San Miguel, as the locals call it, is known for its art galleries, cultural festivals, fine-dining restaurants, artisans’ markets and exquisite architecture. The streets are narrow and paved in cobblestone, the building façades draped in purple and red bougainvillea. The sunset colors of the city come to life against cloudless, blue skies—inspiration for the name Solana or "sunny place." San Miguel de Allende is a distinctly colonial city with Mexico’s indigenous and mestizo roots manifest in the history, art and culinary traditions of this pueblo mágico.

Our aim is to provide you with a relaxing environment in which to write. You’ll stay in a beautiful hacienda-style house, with your own room and private bath. You’ll have opportunities to meet and network with writers from Mexico and beyond and a chance to experience the México we know and love. Join us for a week of writing and fellowship! 

Price per person:
$3,190 (Single Occupancy)
$2,990 (Couples) 
Space is limited. Reserve your spot with a $500 deposit (non-refundable).

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 2019 RETREAT DETAILS & INFORMATION

What's included?

  • Welcome reception and dinner

  • A visit to el Santuario de Jesús de Atotonilco, Fabrica de la Aurora, and other local attractions.

  • A presentation at Galería Atotonilco, widely considered the finest gallery of Mexican Folk Art in the entire country.

  • Lunch and wine tasting at Cuna de Tierra vineyard

  • Networking opportunities and bilingual public reading with local and ex-pat writers

  • Informal coaching and optional mini-workshops with Writer-in-Residence Alexandra Zapruder

  • Afternoon master class on foreign writers in Mexico throughout history by Tanya Huntington

  • A mezcal and tequila tasting

  • And much more!

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Master Class with Tanya Huntington

Since the Conquest, the foreign gaze has inextricably formed part of canonical Mexican literature. During our master class, we will survey how over the past century, authors have found in Mexico not only a geographic setting for travel chronicles, but also a source of inspiration for some of their more emblematic works. Anglo authors who have published from and about Mexico in different genres will be approached, including: Lucia Berlin, Francisco Goldman, Graham Greene, Jack Kerouac, David Lida, Malcolm Lowry, Cormac McCarthy, Katherine Anne Porter, Oliver Sacks, ruth weiss, and Tennessee Williams, among others.

Also included:

  • Breakfast & lunch daily

  • Daily writing prompts & and writing support

  • Shuttle transportation to and from the airport in León, Guanajuato

  • Housekeeping services

  • Lodging in the historic center (with private room and bath) for 6 nights

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Yoga classes

  • In-room massage appointments

  • Trolley tour of San Miguel

Not Included:

  • Airfare

  • Tips for service providers (a 15% gratuity is customary)

  • Shuttle service from other airports/cities.

CANCELLATION POLICY

A $500 non-refundable deposit (per guest) will reserve your spot. We will refund this amount only if we must cancel the retreat due to low enrollment.  

The full fee for the February 2019 retreat is due by December 1, 2018. Once paid, the full fee is non-refundable. We strongly recommend that you purchase traveler's insurance in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending. The website https://tripinsurancestore.com/ is very informative and will allow you to compare options from different companies.


Writer-in-Residence
Alexandra Zapruder

 
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Alexandra Zapruder began her career as a member of the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she served on the curatorial team for the museum’s exhibition for young visitors, Remember The Children, Daniel’s Story. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard University in 1995.

In 2002, Alexandra completed her first book, Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, which was published by Yale University Press and won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She wrote and co-produced I’m Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on her book, which aired on MTV in May 2005 and was nominated for two Emmy awards. In the fall of 2015, she completed a second paperback edition and a multimedia edition of Salvaged Pagesand worked with the educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves to develop interdisciplinary educational materials for the book designed for middle and high school teachers.

In November 2016, she published her second book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, which tells the story of her grandfather’s home movie of President Kennedy’s assassination. She is currently curating an exhibition called  And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide to open at Holocaust Museum Houston in 2019 and developing educational materials and programs for The Defiant Requiem Foundation in Washington, D.C. She continues to publish on a variety of topics and speaks to students, teachers, and the public about her work. She is the mother of two children and lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

 

Past Retreats

Solana 2018 Guest of Honor
Francisco Hinojosa

Francisco Hinojosa was born in 1954 in Mexico City. He studied Hispanic Language and Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Before dedicating himself to writing full-time, he edited various magazines and publications, including Los Universitarios and La Gaceta del Fondo de Cultura Económica. He has published over fifty books of poetry, short stories, travel writing, journalism, essay, children's literature, textbooks, and anthologies. His titles include: Robinson perseguido, La peor señora del mundo, La fórmula del doctor Funes (now a feature-length motion picture), Una semana en Lugano, Ana, ¿verdad?, Informe negro, Un tipo de cuidado, Migraña en racimos, Mexican Chicago, La nota negra, Cuéntame, Poesía eras tú, El tiempo apremia y Emma. His work has been translated into English, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Lithuanian, and Estonian. He has received various awards, including the Premio Nacional de Cuento San Luis Potosí (1993) and a series of grants from the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (1993 - present). In 2015, he was named Ambassador of the Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil. City Lights Publishers (San Francisco, California) has published an anthology of his short stories titled Hectic Ethics. Follow him on Twitter @panchohinojosah.


Solana 2018 Master Class
Tanya Huntington

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Tanya HuntingtonBi-national writer and artist residing in Mexico City. Managing Editor of Literal: Latin American voicesShe is the author of Solastalgia (Almadía, forthcoming), Martín Luis Guzmán: Entre el águila y la serpiente (Tusquets, 2015), A Dozen Sonnets for Different Lovers / Docena de sonetos para amantes distintos (Ediciones Acapulco, 2015) and Return / El regreso (Motín Poeta, 2009).She holds a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and has taught workshops and seminars at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Centro de Creación Literaria Xavier Villaurrutia and CENTRO in Mexico City. She has also co-produced, co-written and appeared on public radio and television programs dedicated to culture and the arts, such as: PuntoDoc for TV UNAM, El Letrero and ReVerso for Canal 22, Lo Sonado for Radio Horizonte. She has received first prize at the Bienal Internacional de Radio de México on two separate occasions. Her artwork has been exhibited both in the United States and Mexico and selected by prestigious venues such as the FEMSA Biennial. Her current interdisciplinary project, Solastalgia, received a grant from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in 2011. She has also contributed to Comment Is Freeat The Guardian, the Laberinto section of the newspaper Milenio, and the magazines Casa del Tiempo, df, Diario de Cuba, Este País, Hoja por hoja, Langosta Literaria, Letras Libres, Literal, Metrópolis, National Geographic Traveler, Nexos, Sin Embargo, Periódico de Poesía, Transtierros and El Huevo. Follow her on Twitter at @TanyaHuntington.


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