Join Me at Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive!

Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron

Hi Readers,

When I was writing the book Writing Is My Drink, I kept three books stacked together on my desk: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The Right to Write by Julia Cameron and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, all of which I’d identified  as my book’s “ancestors.” If I’d never read these three books and been inspired by their open, expansive perspective on writing, I never would’ve thought of the idea for Writing Is My Drink, my story of finding my voice as a writer with advice and tips on how others can too.

So, it is a great thrill for me to share with you that I will be hosting the Black Mesa Writers’

Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg

Intensive at which both Cameron and Goldberg will be speaking and teaching.  I hope you can join me in Santa Fe on December 6th for this intensive exploration into the craft of personal narrative.  Please find all the details below. And, check out the bonus for early birds: The first ten signups receive a free 15-minute coaching session from one of the daytime faculty. 

I’ve been at the beach much of this gorgeous summer we just had in Seattle, but I’ll be back posting routinely here this fall now that the rain is back.

As always, I am grateful to you, the readers of my blog!


Theo Nestor Productions Presents the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive, December 6, 2013. Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg


Candace Walsh, Tanya Taylor Rubinstein, and Theo Pauline Nestor

Come join us for a day of writing, inspiration and community focused on the possibilities and craft of personal narrative.  During this one-day intensive, we will explore together where our desire to tell our own stories can take us.  First person storytelling is our common impulse but our genre choices for sharing those stories are more abundant than ever.  Will your story be a blog post? A full-length memoir?  A solo performance? A personal essay? An autobiographical novel? Or maybe self-help?  The Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive will be a day of generative discovery into the art of personal narrative and a celebration of our shared need to express our experience. See the full schedule of the day’s events here.

Where: The Bishop’s Lodge, Ranch Resort and Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico

When: Friday, December 6, 2013

Who: Anyone with an interest in personal narrative and finding their own voice. No previous writing experience required.

What: A day of instruction, discussion, and writing opportunities.

Advance ticket price (ENDS December 5th. Door Tickets: 325 dollars): 275 dollars (includes lunch). Pay full payment now through Pay Pal or credit card:
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Or pay 137.50 now and 137.50 on November 30th:
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Add on a one-hour coaching session with Theo Pauline Nestor  or Tanya Taylor Rubinstein in the afternoon on Thursday, December 5th for 99 dollars (You’ll have your pick of coach; very limited spots available):
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Prefer to pay by check or money order?  Email me at

After your payment has been received, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Black Mesa.

Bring: Your desire to write, paper, pens, or your laptop.

Limited space available.

Bishop's lodge

Bishop’s Lodge

Stay and Play: Bishop’s Lodge is extending a rate of 119 dollars a night to Black Mesa participants from December 4th-8th. Rooms at this discount rate are limited in number so make your reservation early. Call Bishop’s Lodge In-House Reservations and mention that you are with the Black Mesa group when you make your reservation: 505-819-4022.

In Santa Fe on December 4th?  Come to a free memoir writing class with me at Collected Works Bookstore at 6pm.

Candace Walsh

Candace Walsh

Tanya Taylor Rubinstein

Tanya Taylor Rubinstein

About Theo Pauline Nestor

Author of Writing Is My Drink (Simon & Schuster) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed. Learn more about my courses, editing, and coaching at
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5 Responses to Join Me at Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive!

  1. Pingback: Join Me at Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive! | Sparklers

  2. celticadlx says:

    I SO want to do this… I’ll have to see what I can do about that.

  3. This site says limited space. What is the maximum number of people that may attend?

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