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Memoir Writing Workshop at belmond La Residencia, Deia, Mallorca, Spain

October 22-27, 2017

 

Explore your memoir writing with bestselling writer Allegra Huston, author of LOVE CHILD: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found and articles for numerous magazines in the US and the UK. An experienced editor and workshop leader, Allegra has taught at universities and private courses around the world (including the UK’s Arvon Foundation) and has worked with authors including Jane Goodall, Edna O'Brien, Matthew Parris, and Iris Murdoch.

The course will consist of five morning workshops devoted to discussion of techniques and generating material. We will do timed writings and read them aloud: looking only for things that pop! I believe that critique of writing is not a spectator sport. More intensive discussion of students’ work will be reserved for one-on-one sessions. These will be conducted in the afternoons, and each student will receive two. I will read up to 20 pages of work by each student, more by arrangement.

My goal in this workshop is to help you bring energy and specificity to your writing, and give you tools for exploring structure and tone. I guarantee you will be surprised by what you write!

The workshop begins on Sunday, October 22, with a welcome tea and introduction by Allegra, followed by a walking tour of Deia with Dr. Jacqueline Waldren, anthropologist and long-term resident of the village. Aside from personal sessions with Allegra, afternoons are free for writing and exploring the pleasures of Deia. The workshop culminates with a farewell dinner and readings from students' work. 

 
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ALLEGRA HUSTON – workshop leader

Allegra's bestselling Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found is the story of the making of family out of a fragmented childhood: losing a mother, finding an unexpected father, and discovering a sense of self and security in the shadow of loss and fame. Her first novel, Say My Name, will be published in August 2017 (UK)/January 2018 (US). 

 
 
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ROSALINDA MUCH - workshop director

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ABOUT BELMOND LA RESIDENCIA 

Sheltered in the curve of the Tramantuna Mountains on Mallorca's northwest coast, Belmond La Residencia is one of Spain's finest and most beloved boutique hotels.

Consisting of twin manor houses with spectacular sea views and an award-winning spa, Belmond La Residencia sits among citrus groves on the edge of the village of Deia.  It also boasts one of Spain's largest permanent sculpture gardens, featuring pieces by renowned international artists. and the largest collection of artworks by Joan Miró ever on display in a hotel.

Belmond La Residencia is offering workshop participants a 20% discount on room rates. Please visit http://www.belmond.com/la-residencia-mallorca/luxury-hotel-deia. 

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DEIA

This gorgeous hilltop village was home to the iconic writer Robert Graves. Other writers who have been inspired by Deia include Anais Nin, Federico Garcia Lorca, Colin Wilson, and Luke Rhinehart (The Dice Man). Very much a walking village, Deia boasts a wide selection of excellent restaurants, bars, and cafes. There are several outstanding beaches and hiking trails nearby.

Alternative options for accommodation can be found at www.deia.info. There are also some excellent AirBnB choices and private houses available through Deia Properties  www.deia-properties.com. Be advised that if you stay outside the village, you will need your own transport.

GETTING THERE

 Deia is 29 km from Palma de Mallorca, which has direct fiights from many European countries. Norwegian Airlines are due to introduce a direct flight between Palma and New York in 2017.

Taxis (approx. E50 at time of writing; can be booked in advance) and car rental are available at the airport. The journey takes approximately one hour.  Bus is also an option. Please contact us for help if this is your preference.

 

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