You’re Invited to Join Me in Mexico…




November 9-13, 2020

Experienced writers and complete beginners come together in my workshops, and we all learn from one another. Whether you’re writing about presidential politics and coups d’etat, or intimate family dynamics, I will help you find the heart of your story and the most powerful way to tell it.

My goal is to fire your imagination and send you home energized and inspired!

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“The workshop has opened a whole new world of seeing through the written word for me; Allegra’s knowledge and generosity kept all of us in awe during this unique atelier. The location added to the enchantment of the mind as well as the senses. Unforgettable.”— Hemant Sagar, fashion designer, New Delhi, India

What to Expect: An Intimate Retreat…

In the mornings, we will meet together in the beautiful garden of the Hotelito, to discuss what makes a good memoir and to explore techniques for infusing your writing with imaginative energy, specificity, and surprise.

In our five days together, we will cover the topics of Authenticity, Narrative, Character, Setting, and Editing/Performance. We will do two or three short timed writings each day, and read them aloud and we will not criticize! All we’re looking for is originality, excitement, places where the writing pops. I believe that most of us write better when we’re not “writing the book.” Try it, and you’ll see what I mean. I guarantee you will be surprised by what you write!

Unlike many creative writing teachers, I believe that critique of writing should not be a spectator sport. The group will not be invited to comment on your actual writing project.

In the afternoons, I will meet with you individually (in a minimum of two one-hour sessions) to help you to the best of my ability with your current or future writing project. We might brainstorm, discuss structure, content, or tone, or troubleshoot specific problems: whatever you need. I can read up to 20 pages of work per participant, more by arrangement.

Aside from your private sessions with me, afternoons are free for writing, swimming in the pool or in the ocean, and exploring the lovely beachside town of Todos Santos. At the end of our morning sessions, I will provide writing prompts for the afternoon, which are entirely optional.

“Allegra has the rare ability to help your writing at two different levels: rational, by analyzing the elements and structure of your memoir, and emotional, by using her capacity to read between the lines, to recognize and empathize with the yelling or whispering of your heart. I learned a lot in her workshop: her lessons were easy to understand and remember but deep and specific on the points where I needed to improve—and delivered with kindness and joy.” — Jamil Mahuad, ex-president of Ecuador and fellow at the Program of Negotiation, Harvard Law School


ALLEGRA HUSTON – workshop leader

I am the author of the bestselling LOVE CHILD: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found, the novel A STOLEN SUMMER (retitled for paperback; the hardback was called SAY MY NAME), and two Twice 5 Miles Guides: HOW TO WORK WITH A WRITER and HOW TO READ FOR AN AUDIENCE (co-written with James Navé). I’ve also written for major magazines in the US and the UK. I’ve taught courses at the University of Oklahoma and the National University of Ireland, Galway, as well as for the UK’s prestigious Arvon Foundation, and I’ve written screenplays. Authors I’ve edited include two Nobel Prize winners, three Booker Prize winners, Sir James Goldsmith, and Jane Goodall.

“I had been a participant in small group experiences in the past and never before have I had such a uniformly positive experience . . . Thank you, Allegra, for sharing your wisdom and your humanness so generously. I feel that I learned so much from you and I am ever grateful for this.” — Tracey Laszloffy, therapist, Connecticut, USA


TripAdvisor’s “Best B&B in Mexico” two years running!

The Hotelito’s colorful blend of exotic Mexican color and contemporary architecture has been featured in numerous design magazines during the twelve years since it opened. Situated on the edge of Todos Santos, walking distance from the old mission church in the plaza, it’s close enough to town to enjoy all it has to offer, but quiet and serene in its palm tree oasis.

Owned and run by an Englishwoman, Jenny Armit, the Hotelito comprises four individual casitas, the Hacienda Chilicote with three large bedrooms (ideal for sharing), and a further house with two bedrooms and a kitchenette. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Prices vary from $110-$160 per night, including a delicious breakfast.

Each casita has either its own private terrace or private garden, with hammocks and shaded verandah. All rooms have wildly comfortable beds and English linens, wifi, refrigerator, iPod dock and loungers. Gardens full of perfumed plants and a 48-foot saltwater swimming pool make for an irresistible magical place to stay.

Visit the Hotelito website.


On the west coast of the Baja peninsula, about an hour’s drive from Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos is a step back in time 100 years. Farmers still use horses to till their fields; fishermen go out in their open pangas every morning. With abundant palm trees, it is truly an oasis. It’s also home to an eclectic mix of artists from around the world, and is a mecca for serious foodies. Kayak with sea lions. Go whale watching in the Sea of Cortez. Ride a horse along an empty beach. Fish, surf, bike, or, hike in the Biosphere above Todos Santos. Todos Santos is a little corner of paradise.

“Many thanks for your superb professional guidance, your warm & generous inspiration & your delicate surgical precision with a manuscript… I emerged with an entirely new concept for a published work which has me on fire to get started!” — Diana Rowan Rockefeller, philanthropist, Boston, USA

Be One of 10 to Join Me!

NOVEMBER 3 – 8, 2019

An individual tutorial session with a 2018 workshop participant.

$1499.00 US Includes:

Five morning workshops

Two individual sessions

Opening night welcome tea

Closing night celebration dinner

*Does not include transport, accommodation, or other meals.

“I was struck by the quality of Allegra’s teaching. It bestowed a touch of magic. The leader, the people, the setting, the entire workshop was truly gorgeous in every detail.” — Kate O’Toole, actor, Dublin, Ireland

Register or ask questions by submitting your interest through the form below. I look forward to speaking with you and hope you will invest in your writing with my help!

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The workshop is limited to ten participants, so we suggest you make your booking as soon as possible. A 50% deposit is required to secure your place, with the balance due 30 days before the workshop begins. As we require a minimum number of participants for the workshop to take place, please refrain from booking travel until that date. We will confirm once we have reached our required minimum bookings.

CANCELLATION: More than 60 days prior to the workshop: 100% of your deposit refunded. Between 30 and 60 days prior to the workshop: 50% of your deposit refunded. Less than 30 days prior to the workshop: no refund will be made. If the workshop is cancelled for reasons other than as detailed below, your payment will be refunded in full. 

FORCE MAJEURE: Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by you or you otherwise suffer any damages or loss as a result of force majeure. In these Terms and Conditions, force majeure means any events which we could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include but are not limited to war or threat of war, civil strife, actual or threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire, illness, and all similar events outside our control.

LIABILITY: No liability is accepted for injury, illness or loss of personal effects or property of workshop participants. Please obtain your own personal insurance prior to travel and workshop commencement.