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"I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets" — John Glenn
"Ha, he should have taken my workshop." —C.M. Mayo


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SPRING 2012

C.M. Mayo will be giving two workshops, both on May 5th, at the Writer's Center in Bethesda MD, just outside Washington DC.




May 5, 2012
Podcasting for Writers
(10 am - 12pm)
The Writer's Center
Bethesda MD (just outside Washington DC)
Audio podcasts, on-line digital files, not only serve as an important promotional tool for writers, but they can be storytelling vehicles themselves, whether as stand-alone works or complements to text. This workshop provides an introduction and overview of podcasting for writers, from basic concepts to nuts-and-bolts tips. The goal is that by the end of the workshop, you will be able to go home and use your iPhone or digital recorder and computer to generate and then post a simple podcast on-line.
>>Listen to C.M. Mayo's podcasts here.
>>REGISTER HERE


May 5, 2012
How (and How Not) to Write Dialogue
(1 - 5 pm)
One of the most powerfully vivid ways to show character, relationship, conflict, and/or mood is through the use of dialogue. For both beginning and advanced fiction and nonfiction writers, this workshop focuses on the use and misuse of dialogue, with a series of mini-lectures interspersed with brief exercises. The goal is by the end of the workshop, your dialogue will be of notably higher quality.
>>Read C.M. Mayo's writing, which has plenty of dialogue, here.
>>REGISTER HERE.

Previous workshops:
WINTER 2012

In February C.M. Mayo will be offering a two day only "Techniques of Fiction" intensive as part of the San Miguel Writers Conference. For more information and to register on-line, click here.

SPRING 2011

Techniques of Fiction

C.M. Mayo
Mexico City
Saturday May 28
9:30 am - 2 pm
$1,000 pesos + IVA per person
>>Registration Procedures and Policies

>>To register, click here.

For both beginning and experienced fiction writers working in English, "Techniques of Fiction" focuses on generating new material with exercises addressing specificity, point of view, synesthesia, imagery, image patterning, plot, rhythm, and the use and misuse of dialogue. The goal is that by the end of the workshop, your writing will be of notably higher quality.

About the one day workshop format:
Uniquely geared toward both beginning and advanced writers,
C.M. Mayo's one-day creative writing workshops emphasize techniques for tapping into creativity, and specific aspects of craft. As at the Bethesda, Maryland Writers Center where Mayo has taught highly popular workshops since 1999, and various writing conferences (San Miguel Writers Conference, Bay to Ocean and others), Mayo does not critique manuscripts but rather offers a series of mini-lectures interspersed with exercises, readings, and discussion.

About C.M. Mayo:
C.M. Mayo is the author of the novel The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by Library Journal, and has been translated as El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano (Grijalbo-Random House-Mondadori). She is also author of Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico (Milkweed Editions), and Sky Over El Nido (U Georgia Press) , which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, among them, the Kenyon Review, Paris Review, and Southwest Review. Mayo is also a translator of contemporary Mexican poetry and fiction, and editor of a widely-lauded anthology of Mexican writing, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press). Visit her website at www.cmmayo.com.


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Listen in to C.M. Mayo's podcasts:

"The Writing Life: A Report from the Field"
A panel discussion at the "Artlantic" Festival at the Writer's Center in Bthesda MD May 22, 2010 with C.M. Mayo, David Taylor, Alan Elsner, Kevin Quirk, and moderator Jessie Siegal.

"Twelve Tips to Help You Hang in There and Finish Your Novel"
C.M. Mayo reads from her guestblog post for Work-in-Progress and the Writer's Center's First Person Plural blogs.

PEN Writer's Aloud Reading Series, San Miguel de Allende
C.M. Mayo reads from and discusses The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, her novel based on the true story. Recorded live January 19, 2011 in the Biblioteca's Sala Quetzal.

 

 

 

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"A man will turn over half a library to make one book" — Samuel Johnson


"Follow your own star"
— Dante Alighieri **"But bring your notebook" — C.M. Mayo

A new series of one-day writing workshops with award-winning fiction and literary travel writer C.M. Mayo. (For more about her work, visit her www.cmmayo.com.)


Techniques of Fiction
A one day workshop in Mexico City
For both beginning and experienced fiction writers working in English, "Techniques of Fiction" focuses on generating new material with exercises addressing specificity, point of view...
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Flash Fiction
A one day workshop in Mexico City
Flash, or micro-fictions are stories as short as six and as long as, say, 1,000 words. Though a genre with a distinguished tradition, flash fiction is perfectly suited for blogging and podcasting. For both beginning and advanced writers... READ MORE

Literary Travel Writing
A one day workshop in Mexico City
Take your travel writing to another level: the literary, which is to say, giving the reader the novelistic experience of actually traveling there with you. For both beginning and advanced writers...
READ MORE


For C.M. Mayo's other events (readings, book signings, writers conferences) visit www.cmmayo.com

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About C.M. Mayo's One Day Workshops
Uniquely geared toward both beginning and advanced writers, C.M. Mayo's one-day creative writing workshops emphasize techniques for tapping into creativity, and specific aspects of craft. As at the Bethesda, Maryland Writers Center where Mayo has taught highly popular workshops since 1999, Mayo does not critique manuscripts but rather offers a series of mini-lectures interspersed with exercises, readings, and discussion. The goal is that by the end of the workshop, your writing will be of notably higher quality.

About C.M. Mayo
C.M. Mayo is the author of the novel The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books, 2009); a travel memoir, Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico (Milkweed Editions), and Sky Over El Nido (University of Georgia Press), which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her many other awards include three Lowell Thomas Awards for travel writing, three Washington Writing Prizes, and numerous fellowships, among them, to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Yaddo. Her work has appeared in many outstanding literary journals, among them, Chelsea, Creative Nonfiction, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Paris Review, Southwest Review and Tin House. An avid translator of contemporary Mexican literature, she is also founding editor of Tameme and editor of Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, an anthology of Mexican fiction and literary prose. She has taught creative writing workshops at the Writers Center since 1999. For more about C.M. Mayo and her work, visit www.cmmayo.com

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"Follow your own star" — Dante Alighieri **"But bring your notebook" — C.M. Mayo

 

 

 

 

Where: MM Studio, Dinamarca 50, Col Roma, Del Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City. Closest Metro: Insurgentes. Parking around the corner
(one block from Benjamin Franklin Library).