Master Class in India

January 24 – February 2, 2018

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The India Master Class in Goa offers the possibility to immerse yourself in Hedgebrook’s unique retreat experience amidst the exotica of India.   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, India.  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 Elmaz Abinader joins Hedgebrook as faculty for the inaugural offering for this India Master Class. Elmaz offers a multi-genre workshop that is open to writers of all backgrounds. 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.

View from bedroom window

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.

Day-trip excursion to beaches

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

Fees and Policies

The cost of the class varies from $3000 to $4400, depending on the accommodation.

All rooms have en suite bathrooms, some have A/C, all have ceiling fans.  All rooms are private bedrooms in the residence. All rooms have a writing space in the room and/or on the accompanying verandas. Accommodations for up to 9 nights include daily meals at the residence or occasionally at outside venues, all workshops and a personal one-on-one session with Elmaz Abinader.

Accommodation Details

Price $4400 – Private room, en suite bathroom, work space in suite and/or accompanying veranda.

Price $3000 (each person) – Shared room (double occupancy), en suite bathroom, work space in suite and/or accompanying veranda.

Payment

If selected, you will be required to send a non-refundable deposit of $1500 to Hedgebrook by September 20, 2017 to hold your spot. The balance must be paid in full by October 24, 2017. Not included – airfare, transportation to/from the residence, optional field trips out of the area, liquor, wine, individual meals outside the residence and/or trip insurance.

Travel
Class participants are responsible for their own travel. The closest airport is Goa, India. Hedgebrook can assist in arranging drivers for hire to meet you at the airport and transport you to and from the residence for an additional charge (@2400 Rupees). The residence is about one hour from the Goa airport, 20 minutes to the beaches and/or to Old Goa!

To arrive at the residence on Wednesday, January 24th may require a flight departure from the United States on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Refund Policy

NO REFUNDS.

TRAVEL INSURANCE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Please note: The application is accessible via SlideRoom. The priority deadline for the India Master Class in Goa is September 5, 2017, and our classes often fill with a wait list. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible.

If you have questions about whether this Master Class is appropriate for you or your project, or any other question, please be in touch with us at 360-321-4786 or email hedgebrook@hedgebrook.org.

Schedule

The priority deadline is September 5, 2017 (rolling applications still accepted after September 5th)
Notifications will be sent out by September 15, 2017
Deposits due by September 20, 2017
Payment in full due by October 24, 2017
You may arrive on January 24, 2018; the Master Class begins January 26th and ends February 1, 2018.
The morning of February 2, 2018 is the departure day.


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