2014 Inaugural Session

The Todos Santos Writers Workshop launched its introductory Adventures in Writing sessions during the Todos Santos Music Festival in January 2014 offering craft workshops in the art of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction and Memoir for writers at all levels led by professional authors and editors.

Under the theme “Tuning Up Your Muse,” the Todos Santos Writers Workshop linked to the Todos Santos Music Festival by exploring musical themes in writing.  Twelve participants enrolled in the workshops led by editor and writer Jeanne McCulloch (The Paris Review, Tin House, Vogue), journalist Rex Weiner (Rolling Stone, Variety), and Gordon Chaplin (author of five books, most recently the acclaimed memoir Full Fathom Five.

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Gordon Chaplin leads the Fiction workshop

“We were pleased to add our Adventures in Writing program to the schedule of events planned at the 2014 Todos Santos Music Festival,” said Rex Weiner, a co-founder of the TSWW, who for 30 years has lived in Todos Santos and Los Angeles. “Music and writing share sources of inspiration and there’s no place better than Todos Santos to discover your creative groove.”

Launched in 2011, the Todos Santos Music Festival was created by musician and Todos Santos resident Peter Buck (of REM), in collaboration with The Hotel California to add music to the array of artistic endeavors hosted in Todos Santos. Buck was the special guest speaker at the TSWW Music & Writing Seminar open to the public on the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd which took place in Casa Dracula’s unique courtyard gardens. (Watch the youtube video )

In keeping with the Festival’s support of The Palapa Society, the town’s youth-oriented educational organization, a total of $1000 tuitions from TSWW’s registered participants was donated to the non-profit.

All workshop sessions were located at the town’s landmark Casa Dracula, a 19th Century hacienda renowned in local legend and myth. Daily two-hour workshop sessions began Monday, January 20th, running through Saturday, January 25th. Participants created short stories, poems and essays read and critiqued by the workshop leaders in a participatory setting. Writers with works-in-progress also chose one-on-one mentoring sessions.

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Peter Buck talks about music and writing with Rex Weiner in the courtyard of Casa Dracula