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This creative writing workshop will focus on developing “island” scenes— those most important to one’s project and create a spine for a larger body of work. We will also look at different forms of novels and memoirs to see if any speak to you. Participants can just be starting something or have draft work on a project already completed for this class. This immersive workshop allows time to discover the Taliesin estate and utilize its rich environment as a backdrop for inspiration. On your first afternoon, you will tour the buildings and enjoy a welcome reception in the main residence with the workshop community.
Ages 18+ • September 8-10, 2023 • Friday 2pm – Sunday 4pm
Geoff Herbach is the author of eight YA novels, a picture book, and a literary novel. He’s received the Cybils Award for best YA Fiction, the Minnesota Book Award, and the Burr/Worzalla Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement from the Wisconsin Library Association. His books have been selected by the Junior Library Guild, and listed among the year’s best by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the International Literacy Association, Bank Street, and many state library associations. They’ve also been selected as state-wide one-reads, top audiobooks, and Global Read Aloud choices. In the past, he produced radio comedy shows and toured rock clubs telling weird stories. Presently, Geoff co-directs the Creative Writing Programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and teaches in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts program at Converse University in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Geoff grew up in Platteville and often sets stories in Southwestern Wisconsin.
This one-of-a-kind weekend experience is designed to allow you to disconnect, immerse and explore. “Taliesin works like a charm on everybody that comes within its atmosphere,” Wright penned to his friend and client Darwin Martin in 1929. To experience Taliesin to its fullest, you will access a variety of historic spaces and the pristine rural landscape of Driftless Wisconsin.
Complementary housing is included in the workshop experience. Please note that we are not aiming at being a hotel or resort, but focusing on carrying out the timeless elements of the Taliesin Legacy – connecting people, architecture, and the land. Each of you will be housed in a single room across the Taliesin estate in rustic Taliesin Fellowship dwellings, with shared bathrooms, access to a kitchenette, and living space.
Each workshop includes a welcome reception in the main residence and a tour of the buildings. Classroom instruction will be held in the world-renowned Hillside Drafting Studio, and other designated spaces across the Taliesin estate. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, while dinner is a wonderful opportunity to explore the local artisanal community individually or as a group.
The workshop check-in will begin Friday afternoon at 2 pm. Please arrive at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center at 5607 County Rd C, Spring Green, WI 53588, and walk into the building. Staff will welcome you upon arrival and usher you to your room.
Adult (Ages 18+): $1,200 per person
Includes breakfast and lunches, workshop instruction, materials, guided tour, guest room on the estate and welcome reception in the main house