Memoir as bewilderment: a writing workshop with Nick Flynn

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Memoir as bewilderment: a writing workshop with Nick Flynn

A five-day writing workshop in the Dragoon Mountains of southeast Arizona with poet / memoirist Nick Flynn

By Dharma Treasure

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September 21 · 5pm - September 27 · 12pm MST


Dharma Treasure Retreat Center at Cochise Stronghold 2126 W. Windancer Trail Cochise, AZ 85606

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  • 5 days 19 hours
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About the Workshop:

In The Unnamable, Beckett offers this: "Dear incomprehension, it’s thanks to you I’ll be myself in the end." In our week together, we will examine this idea by thinking about the concept of "bewilderment" and how it gets acted out in our writing — either through syntax, our accessing the duende, leaps into the unconscious, or simply circling around what is unsaid, unknown, unrealized. This will be a generative workshop, in the sense that we will look closely at work we bring in to find ways to transform it & go deeper into the shadow world.

About Dharma Treasure Retreat Center:

Dharma Treasure is a non-profit retreat center located in the Dragoon Mountains of southeast Arizona. This wilderness retreat has long been considered sacred — first by the Chiricahua Apaches and later by hundreds of meditators grateful to practice in this quiet canyon.


When: Thursday, September 21 until Wednesday, September 27

Food: Three delicious meals prepared daily

Lodging: Several options are available, from camping to private units

More on Cochise Stronghold:

Cochise Stronghold, the specific site where Dharma Treasure is located within the Dragoons, is a magnificent natural wonder. Granite peaks rise to the East, South and West, spotted with chromatic, lichen-covered boulders, precariously balanced rocks, and charismatic formations that take on a life of their own. An evergreen juniper and oak forest grows in the valley, providing shelter for abundant wildlife including javelina, deer, and hundreds of species of birds. A seasonal stream flows from mountain top pools down through the canyon. Sharing a border with the Coronado National Forest, the retreat center is surrounded by hiking and horse trails that snake up into the mountains for miles.

The retreat center is located 90 minutes from the Tucson Airport, 45 minutes from Benson and Willcox, and 20 minutes from the small village of Sunsites. While remote, we are part of a close-knit rural community.


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