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Women, Horses, and the West

with Dr. Bonney MacDonald

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Zapata Ranch

May 21 – 28, 2023

Professor Dr. Bonney MacDonald will lead a literary workshop on the theme of Wide Open Space: The Great Plains, Prairies, and Big Valleys of the West.

The Program

This year’s readings focus on living in, traveling over, and reflecting on the wide open spaces between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River Valley. You'll discuss how these varied plains, prairies, and big valleys have been seen in the past, and how they are portrayed in 20th- and 21st-century fiction and non-fiction.  Authors may include Walter Prescott Webb, Willa Cather, Ivan Doig, Conrad Richter, Ian Frazier, Sanora Babb, Mary Clearman Blew, Laura Pritchett, Annie Proulx, and others.

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About Bonney MacDonald

Bonney MacDonald is a Professor of Western Literature at West Texas A&M University.  She holds an M.A. from Univ. of Nottingham, England, a Ph.D. from Yale University, and has conducted on-site ranch retreats and classes since 2004.

Her workshops combine the best things you remember about college seminars with great horses, friendship, and the wonderful Western outdoors.  


$3745 per person includes all lodging, meals, and activities. Gratuity and tax not included.

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Zapata Ranch

Set back in a shady cotton woodgrove beneath the majestic 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains lies the historic Zapata Ranch headquarters and lodge, which was established in the late 1800’s. Elk, mule deer, migratory birds, eagles, and black bear also call this area home. The rooms are beautifully furnished and have an elegant southwestern decor that gives them the feel of home. All rooms have individual tiled bathrooms and views that are private, peaceful, and beautiful in any season.

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