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Courses, Workshops, Retreats, and Private Consults

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Updated February 2014)

Private Consults: In addition to teaching courses and workshops, I offer private consults on writers’ works-in-progress. Do you have questions about how to approach your writing, editing, proposal preparation, or publishing? Contact me at lattamemoirs@gmail.com for rates and availability. By phone (1-hour minimum) or in person (2-hour minimum).

Custom Workshops: I also tailor workshops, individually or in a series, for small groups of at least 4. Email me to discuss your group’s writing interests and needs.

 

UPCOMING …

 

April 2014:

SPICE ISLE WRITING & YOGA RETREAT (2014)

Location: Petite Anse Hotel and Restaurant, Grenada

Dates: April 6 to 13, 2014

Guest Author: author, playwright, actor, and TV and radio personality Richardo Keens-Douglas

Registration: This retreat is full.

 

May 2014:

MEMORIES INTO STORY I: LIFE WRITING

University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Creative Writing Program

Location: Online

Dates: May 5 to July 12, 2014 (Guest author to be announced.)

Fee: $649

Registration: See Memories into Story for information or to register for an upcoming session. Online: Creative Writing Program Telephone: 416-978-2400

Email: learn@utoronto.ca

(Note: Memories into Story II, my advanced workshop, is currently running, Jan/Feb 2014.)

Also at University of Toronto:

MEMORIES INTO STORY II: CRITIQUE WORKSHOP, an 8-week advanced course, is now running (with guest author Gabrielle Hamilton, author of the memoir Blood, Bones & Butter). This course will be offered next in September 2014.

ONLINE MENTOR PROGRAM: I’m available upon request as a writing coach through the Online Mentor Program, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. Contact Sarah MacDonald, program assistant for the Creative Writing Department, at sarahnc.mcdonald@utoronto.ca or 416-946-7693.

TRUTH AND DARE: Find the Courage to Share Your Personal Stories (plus Editing Tips) (workshop)

Host: Ontario Writers’ Conference 2014

Location: Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, Ajax, Ontario

Dates: May 2 & 3, 2014

Registration: Ontario Writers’ Conference

Crafting a memoir, of any length, is an act of bravery. It’s not a question of truth or dare, but truth and dare. That blank page dares you to get started, and identifying and baring your emotional truth to readers is a frightening prospect. Take heart: authors will tell you that every memoirist is scared to share their stories. In this workshop, exercises and discussion will help you identify your personal obstacles to writing memoir and grappling with truth, and will illuminate practical and artful ways to gain confidence in the memoir you want to, and should, write. Bonus: an editor’s time-tested self-editing tips.

 

SPIT AND POLISH: SELF-EDITING WITH ALLYSON LATTA (workshop)

Host: Writers’ Community of York Region

Location: Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall, 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket, Ontario

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014

Time: 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Registration: Details to come.

More than ever in today’s competitive publishing world, errors and inconsistencies in your submitted work may diminish your credibility and result in rejection. Fine-tuning through editing can take writing from good to great, yet many writers give this aspect of their craft short shrift. Spit and Polish: Self-Editing with Allyson Latta stresses the importance of ensuring your manuscript is the best it can be — whether you’re planning to self-publish, pitch to agents and publishers, or submit to a contest — and helps you develop a personal editing toolbox. Through discussion, exercises, and checklists, this workshop explores and demystifies the process. What changes in publishing make self-editing more crucial than ever? What do professional editors know that you don’t (but will). What 5 fixes can make the biggest difference to your work? What’s your role versus that of a hired editor? How can you untangle and organize editing tasks? What are “crutch words”? Why create style sheets? Before you next hit “send,” join Allyson for this practical, interactive workshop. Participants will do some editing, so please bring one sample of writing: maximum two pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt.

 

June 2014:

SHARING YOUR STORIES: INTRODUCTION TO MEMOIR WRITING

Location: North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

Dates: Wednesdays in June (series of 4 two-hour workshops over 4 weeks)

Note: Registration for this annual workshop series is through the Toronto Public Library and opens in March 2014.

 

July 2014:

TURQUOISE WATERS WRITERS’ RETREAT (2014)

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Dates: July 14 to 18, 2014

Guest Author: TBA

Registration: This retreat is now full.

 

 

PAST RETREATS

TURQUOISE WATERS WRITERS’ RETREAT (2013)

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Dates: July 29 to August 2, 2013

Guest Author: Alexandra Leggat (my interview with Alexandra, Part 1)

SPICE ISLE WRITING & YOGA RETREAT (2013)

Location: Petite Anse Hotel and Restaurant, Grenada

Dates: April 7 to 14, 2013

Guest Author: Oonya Kempadoo (read my interview with Oonya and news about her novel, All Decent Animals, making Oprah’s 2013 Summer Reading List.)

Read participant Frances Shepherd’s thoughts on this retreat: “Our Week Had a Rhythm …”

TURQUOISE WATERS WRITERS’ RETREAT (2012)

Imagery and Imagination

Location: Sandy Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Dates: July 9 to 13, 2012

Guest Author: Michelle Berry  (writing tips from Michelle)

NAMASTE GARDENS WRITING AND YOGA RETREAT (2012)

Location: Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

Dates: January 21 to 30, 2012

Guests: Author William Deverell (writing tips from William) and writer Sandra Shaw Homer (an essay by Sandra, “Writing from the Heart”)

Read more: “Writing on Tico Time: Memories of a Costa Rica Retreat”

SABINO SPRINGS WRITERS’ RETREAT (2011)

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Guest Author: Poet Dan Gilmore (my interview with Dan)

Read this series of posts about the Sabino Springs retreat on participant Mary E. McIntyre’s blog, Washburn Island: Memoir of a Childhood.

OTTER LAKE WRITERS’ RETREAT (Fall 2010)

Illuminating the Path: Finding Theme and Structure for Your Memoir

Location: Otter Lake, Seguin County, Ontario

LOS PARRONALES WRITERS’ RETREAT (Winter 2010)

Location: Santiago, Chile

Read participant Katrine Geneau’s recollections of the Los Parronales retreat.

 

“If a novelist invites a reader to the 'planet' or world of their story, then the nonfiction writer invites the reader into the home -- into the living room, the dining room, and yes, sometimes even the bedroom. The joys of working in this slippery, always-evolving genre are an ability to create intimacy for the reader, to invite one person inside the mind and heart of another.”– Emily Rapp