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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.

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” –Lewis Carroll