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Marianne Villanueva

Instructor: Marianne Villanueva
January 22–24, 2016 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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Grounding in the world -- it’s what the best travel writers have. The journey to another place is never just personal – it grounds the traveler in a culture, a world that speaks to a sense of discovery, the urge to explore and test boundaries. It brings the traveler out of private headspace and into the people around them.

Travel writing has experienced a kind of renaissance in the book publishing world. While the world shrinks and previously exotic landscapes become more and more accessible, the field of travel writing is splintering into sub-genres: Women’s Travel Writing; Extreme Adventure Travel Writing; the Naturalist as Travel Writer.

Travel writing IS memoir. It is about the person making the journey. In this three-day journey, we’ll unpack and deepen your memories of one particular trip, and show you how to write about your experiences in at least 10 different ways.

We’ll plumb the matter of VOICE and study different ways of flexing it.

The journey does not begin with the first step (onto a ship or onto an airplane or onto any other mode of conveyance) but with months (even years) of intricate and also intuitive preparation. This workshop will be part of that preparation.


MARIANNE VILLANUEVA is the author of three short story collections and a novella, Jenalyn, which was a finalist for the 2014 Saboteur Awards. Her stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Threepenny Review, ZYZZYVA, J Journal, The Crab Orchard Review, PANK, Café Irreal, and the New Orleans Review. She has been a finalist for the O. Henry Literature Prize and a nominee for the Pushcart. She teaches creative writing online for UCLA Extension’s Writers Program.

Marianne is a Mendocino Art Center Artist in Residence in 2016.

Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $25 non-member registration fee

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