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Writing Workshop

with Pam Houston

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Zapata Ranch

July 7 – 14, 2024

Join the renowned author of “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “Deep Creek” for a week of writing inspired by the creatures and setting of the Zapata Ranch.

The Program

Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton.

She teaches in the Low Rez MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, is Professor of English at UC Davis, and co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers.

This workshop will be generative, with participants writing new work inspired by the surrounding ranch and using this physical world to help access our emotional world. Pam will guide you in discussing elements of craft and accessing the ranch and all its creatures and components as metaphor.

We will ride horseback each day in varied landscapes exploring the Great Sand Dunes National park, Medano property amongst bison and historic homesteads, and the stunning Zapata grasslands with 360 degree views of the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges. All riding levels are welcome.

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"Combining the joys of nature, great horses and staff with the wit and wisdom of Pam Houston make for the perfect refuge to get creative. A week with Pam allowed me to finally find the road into my writing I have been stumped about for way too long. Pam provides guidance, exercises, and tools to help break down whatever barriers hold you back from finally getting the work started. We had all levels attending, never feeling competitive or inadequate. Pam provided a safe space to work and grow as a writer. There is no better, beautiful, and thoughtful environment than Zapata and Ranchlands. The wranglers were outstanding, experienced for all levels of skill and the chance to ride on the open plain-exceptional. Add in great food, fellow attendees and a week with Pam Houston, made for an experience that will stay with me."

Rates

$4270 includes all activities, instruction, and meals. Tax and gratuity not included.

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pam houston on zapata ranch

In Pursuit of Radical Joy

By Pam Houston

Time stopped, we say, in moments of great joy or sorrow, but don’t we really mean that a moment of time imprinted itself on us, left its mark on us...

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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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