"Writing and the Spirit"
Writing workshop led by Margaret Wrinkle
Friday, May 26-Tuesday, May 30, 2017
All excellent art has its mystery, its spiritual rhythms.
--Joy Williams in The Paris Review
"In this workshop, we will focus on strengthening the spiritual rhythms of our writing in order to give our work added depth and resonance.
"I’m interested in creating stories that haunt us by changing how we see and expanding our consciousness. Writing that possesses this kind of potency comes from another bigger dimension. A dimension that writers have to actually travel to, experience fully, and return from in order to be able to recreate it in their work. Too often, I see writers worrying about crafting their material when they haven’t yet fully imagined and inhabited the world of their story.
"We will discuss issues of craft as they emerge, but our main focus will be on access: how to get in and out of this other dimension where all our stories reside, waiting on us to find them and bring them into this world. Gaining access to this heightened spiritual dimension has always been a mystery, so we will explore how working with both sides of the brain and using the dynamic cycles of the natural world can help us approach this interconnected and transcendent realm. I’m especially pleased to announce that Priscilla Hoback will give us an artist talk during our time together."
--Margaret Wrinkle, author of Wash
This workshop will be limited to eight participants, but it will be the first in a series. For more detailed information about cost and schedule, please visit Margaret Wrinkle's events page.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama Margaret Wrinkle is a writer, filmmaker, educator and visual artist. Her debut novel, Wash, reexamines American slavery in ways that challenge contemporary assumptions about race, power, history and healing. Published by Grove Atlantic, it won the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. It has also been named the Fiction Runner Up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a Wall Street Journal top ten novel of the year, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and an O Magazine top ten selection. Wrinkle’s award-winning documentary broken\ground, made with Chris Lawson about the racial divide in her historically conflicted hometown, was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and was a winner of the Council on Foundations Film Festival.
More about Priscilla's books:
A Galisteo Tale (coming soon). Priscilla Hoback recounts her relationship with the Galisteo Basin: "I have been greatly influenced by New Mexico culture and environment. Beginning with a bohemian childhood my artistic spirit was inspired by my mother, Rosalea, founder of The Pink Adobe Restaurant. My life was steeped in discovery. I write of the vanishing western culture. Snakes, vultures, horses, hidden shrines, rock art and clay arroyos as well as cooking and entertaining.
Living Clay (Sherman Asher Publishing, 2000): Priscilla Hoback details her journey deep into the creative process revealing her techniques and a unique artistic life as she follows the voice of the clay. Digging local clays, developing a vocabulary of glazes, and building high-fire kilns is work that is grounded in the earth itself.
Coyote in Galisteo (coming soon) is a collection of charming fables featuring Coyote in various scenarios with the backdrop of Galisteo. The short stories are also illustrated by Priscilla.
The Pink Adobe Cookbook: Our favorite recipes from the past and present (The Pink Adobe Restaurant, 2003) After 50 years and twelve editions of Pink Adobe founder Rosalea Murphy's cookbooks, this updated edition comes from daughter Priscilla Hoback and grandson Joseph Hoback. It's a walk down memory lane from the photo albums, personal notes and cookbooks of the famous Santa Fe restaurant.
What others say about Living Clay
“Priscilla tells a tale much like the ancient and pure tales of the creation of the first being from clay, how it was drawn into being by a longing, slammed around, kneaded, moulded, given feature, fired, and given to speak.”
Bernard Pomerance, Author and screenwriter
“It has been rumored that Priscilla can hear the clay think. Perhaps it is true: I don’t know. But I believe it much more now than I did before I read her book. All the while I thought her greatest talent was at the potters wheel or with clay in her hands. I was wrong: it is with the pen she excels and I was deeply moved by her words.”
Forest Fenn, Author
What others say about The Pink Adobe Cookbook:
"Gypsy Stew is probably the best remedy for colds I ever encountered. I have it for breakfast in winter every morning and I never have a cold."
Larry Hagman, Actor
"Green chile stew is what I do. I sure love The Pink Adobe."
Don Meredith, Football Hall of Famer