Yucatan Writing Conference

Now in Isla de Cozumel





*Note: All online classes are conducted via the online meeting platform ZOOM. Instruction will be provided on how to access and use this user-friendly virtual classroom environment.

**Additional online classes will be added throughout the year.

The Novel: A Road to Completion

Instructor: Connie May Fowler

Class size: Six Participants

Term: Sixteen Weeks

Ability: Medium to Advanced

Meeting Time: Saturday Mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST

Term Begins: February 23, 2018


Course Description: This course is designed for emerging novelists who are proficient prose writers and who have a strong sense of the book they are writing or want to write. Preference will be given to writers who have already begun their projects or who can demonstrate via a short proposal that they have a well-thought out idea and the willingness to commit to a sixteen-week course of study. For the term, participants are in a four-week cycle repeated as follows, with hiatus' built in for holidays and travel:

Two hours each week for 3 weeks--workshop sessions in which two 10-page manuscripts are read in advance of the workshops and are evaluated by the instructor and peer writers.

Two hours on the fourth week--open session in which participants read aloud up to 3 pages for comment and discuss writing, issues within their texts, publishing, and more.

The cycle of three weeks of workshop and one week of open session is repeated over four four-week periods, totaling sixteen weeks.

Given this format, each participant will have a manuscript critiqued every four-week period, plus additional individual attention in the open sessions.
The first meeting of the term will be a half-hour longer to accommodate orientation, introductions, etc.

All manuscripts are to be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, default margins.

At mid-term, each participant will have a 30-minute private conference with Connie.

At the end of the term, each participant will have a one-hour private conference with Connie in which they will submit a revised scene--five to ten pages--and lay out their vision for completing their novel.

If additional private sessions with Connie are requested, additional fees will apply.

Optional: Once a week private prompt writing sessions for The Novel: The Road to Completion participants. These sessions last one-hour and must have at least two participants. Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. CST (time may be adjusted by the group if a change is desired). Fee: $25.

Participants will turn in their 10-page manuscripts for evaluation one-week prior to their scheduled workshop dates.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR WINTER TERM: October 1, 2017, midnight, Central Standard Time.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Email five pages of a novel-in-progress or a two-to-three page proposal for a novel-in-progress to yucatanwritingconference@gmail.com by the above stated deadline.

TUITION INSTRUCTIONS: Nonrefundable $200 deposit due by January 8, 2018
Balance of $760 due by February 8, 2018. Payment instructions sent upon acceptance into course.

CLASS SCHEDULE: Class schedule: February 24, March 3, March 10, March 17 open session, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14 open session, April 21, April 28, May 5,
May 12 open session, May 19—26: Spring Break, June 1, June 9, June 16, June 23 Open Session

Ghosts: Enlivening the Dead in Fiction

Instructor: Mary Rickert

Class Size: Six Participants
Admission: By Application Only
Term: Ten Weeks, Begins February 5, 2018
Tuition: $580

Mary Rickert has published three short story collections,

Map of Dreams, Holiday, and You Have Never Been Here.

Her stories have been collected in numerous anthologies

including American Fantastic Tales, Terror and the Uncanny

from the 1940’s to Now (Library of America), The Big Book of

Ghost Stories (Vintage Books), Nightmares A New Decade

of Modern Horror (Tachyon Press,) and Shadows and Tall Trees

7 (Undertow Publications).  She is the winner of the Crawford Award, World Fantasy Award,

and Shirley Jackson Award. Her first novel, The Memory Garden, won the Locus Award. Before earning her MFA from

Vermont College of Fine Arts she worked as a kindergarten teacher, coffee shop barista, Disneyland balloon vendor, and

personnel assistant in Sequoia National Park. She currently lives in Wisconsin where she is working on a new novel.  Her story “The Shooter” will be published in 2018 in Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories. You can read more about Mary and her work at https://www.mrickert.net/

Course Description: From the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to the Gothic creep of Stephen King, ghosts imbue fiction with a mystical presence that can enlighten or frighten. In this course we will explore the challenge of writing about ghosts. How to make a character, whose very existence is one of insubstantiality, substantial? What are the limitations and the opportunities of the spectral plane? How to enliven the dead?

This course is designed for writers who demonstrate, via a letter, and a short two-page sample of your work, a serious engagement with prose, and are able to commit to a ten-week course of study. 

 We will begin with a one hour opening session that will include a general discussion about ghost stories. Followed by two-hour workshops each week for three weeks in which two manuscripts between 12 and 15 pages (submitted two weeks in advance) are read before the workshops and evaluated by the instructor and peers. The fourth week will be a two-hour session for discussion of any broader issues that have arisen in workshop, or to address any general questions from all participants. This cycle of three weeks of workshop and one week of open discussion will be repeated so that each participant will have up to 30 pages of work critiqued as well as have the opportunity to address particular concerns in two open sessions. The course will conclude with a final open session to discuss issues of writing, the writing life, publishing and any other matters that might best serve the intentions of the participants. Additionally, each participant will schedule a 30 minute individual consult with the instructor during the course period.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Email a short letter (of no more than one page) to yucatanwritingconference@gmail.com regarding your interest and background as a writer, and a two-page sample of your fiction. 

TUITION INSTRUCTIONS: Tuition ($580) must be paid in full by January 5. Upon acceptance into the course, payment details will be emailed.

CLASS SCHEDULE: We will meet on the online forum, Zoom, on Mondays at 7 p.m. EST for ten consecutive weeks beginning Feb. 5. The dates of the class are Feb. 5, Feb.12, Feb.19, Feb. 26, March 5, March12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9.