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Art of the Verb: Action, Occurrence, State of Being

A Studio-Workshop For Writers with Lavinia Spalding & Marianne Rogoff

Boulder, UT
June 4 to 11, 2013

“Story involves action. Action towards an end not to be foreseen (by the reader) but also towards an end which, having been reached, must be seen to have been from the start inevitable.” ~ Elizabeth Bowen , 1950

BEGIN the next chapter. Where is your story going?

EXPLORE first sentences. How do they set up for the action that follows?

OVERSEE the order of events. Why does one occurrence lead to another?

PONDER the intricate layers of psyche. What states of being influence behavior?

WRITE, READ, REVISE, AND ROAM BOULDER, UTAH. Serene, inspiring, and truly magical, Boulder is the gateway to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and not far from Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks. Often referred to as the most remote town in the lower forty-eight states (population 180), its lovely, cool summer weather invites you to wander in wonder through the red-rock wilderness of southern Utah.


5-Day Studio-Workshop, June 5-9, consisting of:

  • Guided writing sessions with Marianne
  • Critique workshops with Lavinia
  • Personally curated text of stories, poems, and essays to stimulate your writing
  • Individual consultation on work-in-progress when desired
  • Free time throughout the week

5 Nights in Boulder, June 5-10

  • Double, single with private bath, or 2-BR suite with shared bath
  • As available; first come, first served; varying rates

1 Welcome Dinner at Hell's Backbone Grill, June 5

2 Shuttle Rides, June 5 and June 10, from and to Salt Lake City, including driver

FOR YOUR COMFORT: Boulder Mountain Lodge offers elegant rooms with spectacular views, an eleven-acre bird sanctuary, outdoor fire pit, hot tub, and Hell’s Backbone Grill, featured in the New York Times, O Magazine, Bon Appetit, Wall Street Journal, and Gourmet— and named Best Restaurant in Southern Utah for six straight years.

OPTIONAL OUTINGS: Hike, swim, or sit by the creek. Pick fruit. Picnic on the mountain among aspens. Go horseback riding or explore slot canyons. Tour Anasazi State Park Museum, one of the largest Ancestral Pueblo communities west of the Colorado River. Visit Bryce Canyon (1.5 hours away) or Capital Reef National Park (1-hour drive). Sip sunset happy hour by the pond at Hell’s Backbone Grill farm. Stargaze. Contemplate the quiet beauty of summertime.

MARIANNE ROGOFF teaches Writing & Literature at California College of the Arts and Dominican University, and has been leading trips for writers since 2004. She is the author of the memoir Silvie’s Life and many travel stories, fictions, essays, and book reviews.


  • Litcrawl with AFAR magazine
    October 19 2013
    Adobe Books
    san francisco, california

  • Reading at Book Passage for Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9
    October 20 2013
    Book Passage
    Corte Madera, CA

  • Weekday Wanderlust’s One Year Anniversary!
    October 23 2013
    Hotel Rex
    San Francisco, CA

  • Travel Writing, UC Berkeley Guest Lecture
    November 5 2013
    San Francisco, California

  • Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9: Book Launch Party!
    December 9 - 10 2013
    Brick and Mortar Music Hall
    San Francisco, California

  • Writing The Literary Travel Essay: From Inspiration to Publication
    January 29 to March 5 2014
    The Writers' Grotto
    San Francisco , California

  • Beyond What You Did Last Summer: Teaching Travel Writing
    Thursday February 27 2014
    AWP Conference
    Seattle, WA

  • There She Goes Again: Women Writing Travel
    Friday February 28 2014
    AWP Conference
    Seattle, WA

  • Book Launch Party at The Mount
    June 22 2014
    The Mount
    Lenox, MA

  • The Great Books Summer Program at Stanford
    Wednesday July 9 2014
    Palo Alto, California

  • Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
    August 14 - 17 2014
    Book Passage
    Corte Madera, California

  • The ROAR Retreat in Costa Rica
    September 25 - 28 2014
    Playa Conchal
    Costa Rica

  • LitCrawl with Travelers’ Tales
    October 18 2014
    San Francisco

  • Machu Picchu Writing Workshop
    November 10 - 15 2014

  • Anthology Night at Weekday Wanderlust
    November 17 2014
    Hotel Rex
    San Francisco, California

  • The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10 at Diesel Books in Brentwood
    November 18 2014
    Diesel Books
    Brentwood, California

  • The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 10 Reading at Diesel Books in Oakland!
    November 20 2014
    Diesel Books
    Oakland, CA

  • The Best Women’s Travel Writing Comes to Half Moon Bay
    December 5 2014
    Harbor Books
    Half Moon Bay, California

  • Launch for Lonely Planet’s An Innocent Abroad at Book Passage
    December 13 2014
    Book Passage
    Corte Madera, California

  • Writing the Travel Essay: From Inspiration to Publication
    January 8 to February 12 2015
    The San Francisco Writers' Grotto
    San Francisco, California

  • Women’s Travel Fest 2015
    March 1 2015
    San Francisco, California

  • Adventure Travel Stories With an All-Star Line-up
    April 8 2015
    Creekside Room at the Mill Valley Library
    Mill Valley, California

  • The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
    August 13 - 16 2015
    Book Passage
    Corte Madera, California

  • “An Evening with Travel Writer Lavinia Spalding”
    Tuesday October 6 2015
    Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
    Palo Alto, California

  • Interviewing the great Don George
    October 23 2015
    The Presidio Officer's Club
    San Francisco, California

  • Writing the Travel Essay: From Inspiration to Publication
    April 13 to May 18 2016
    The San Francisco Writers' Grotto
    San Francisco, CA

  • We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” –Carlos Castenada