Wayfaring Writers

Oaxaca, Mexico, December 5-12, 2021
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Are you craving adventure? Would you love to learn how to hone your writerly skills of observation and your ability to make your travel writing pop off the page?

Come explore with us…

In December 2021 The Narrative Project and Sidekick Press are traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico for a writing adventure!

Travel is the best thing we know to spark your adventurous spirit and inspire creativity. And travel WRITING offers opportunities to be inspired by PLACE and CHARACTER like nothing else.

The workshop is a rare opportunity for a small group of writers to immerse themselves in their craft while experiencing the food, drink, art, and history of Oaxaca. We’ll revel in the ancient architecture, stroll through its bustling markets, experience culinary adventures (crickets anyone?), and enjoy panoramic views from lofty lookout points.

“Let the world change you and you can change the world.” —Che Guevera, The Motorcycle Diaries

Join Wayfaring Writers in Oaxaca, Mexico, and you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime AND get to write about it for publication. We’ll make sure your writing shines with as much color as the city we’re traveling to.

Tentative itinerary…

DAY 1

  • Travel to Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Get settled and catch up on sleep.

DAY 2

  • Morning – Meeting and orientation. 
  • Class: How to integrate history into your storytelling
  • Afternoon – Tour TBD
  • Evening – No-host dinner together

DAY 3

  • Morning – Class: (Cami/Lisa) What great travel writing does and doesn’t do. Assignment: Have an adventure with a universal takeaway.
  • Writing time / Lunch
  • Afternoon – Tour TBD
  • Evening – No-host dinner and open mic

DAY 4

  • Morning – Class: Character Study. Writing as stealing. Assignment/prompt: Meet someone, turn them into a character, tell their story.
  • Writing time / Lunch
  • Afternoon – Tour TBD
  • Evening – No-host dinner and open mic

DAY 5

  • Morning – Class: Place. Now that we’ve soaked up the city… How do we write about a place to really make it come alive?
  • Writing time / Lunch
  • Afternoon – Tour TBD
  • Evening – No-host dinner and open mic

DAY 6

  • Morning – Class: (Lisa) How to watch for off-the-beaten track experience you’ll be able to write about.
  • Writing time / Lunch
  • Tour – Oaxaca market, let’s have a culinary adventure
  • Evening – N0-host dinner and open mic

DAY 7

  • Morning – Meeting for next steps.
  • Free day in Oaxaca

      DAY 8

      • Travel Home
      “I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

      Details…

      The conference runs from December 5-12.

      Craft Talks: We’ll hold craft talks in the mornings and explore in the afternoon, then regroup in the evening for an opportunity to share.

      Registration: Fill out the application below.

      Workshop Cost: $2,997. Space is limited to 10 participants. We offer a discount for participants who register early — it makes our administrative lives much easier.

      The conference fee includes:

      • Seven (7) nights accommodation in Oaxaca, Mexico
      • Breakfast and lunch every day
      • Tour transportation and entrance fees
      • Mezcal tasting
      • Walking tour of Oaxaca

      Your guides…

      Cami Ostman

      The Narrative Project

      Laura Mazer

      Wendy Sherman Associates

      Lisa Dailey

      Sidekick Press

      What are you waiting for?

      Application…

      Please fill out the application below. Once reviewed, we will send you a link to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot to Oaxaca!

      Can you comfortably walk up to 5 miles per day?

      Do you have any dietary restrictions?