Todos Santos Writers Workshop 2017

Todos Santos Writers Workshop 2017

TSWW News! The 2017 Todos Santos Writers Workshop is running concurrently with Ellie Waterston’s Writers Ranch Feb 5 – 11 (link – ), so the town will be full of writers that week =) Enjoy all sorts of exciting events that people from town can attend, and more if you join our workshops.

Workshop sessions daily at Casa Dracula

Monday Feb 6, thru Friday, Feb 10, 9am -12:30


  • Sunday Feb 5 Early evening –  Welcoming reception for TSWW students at Casa Dracula
  • Tuesday Feb 7 night – Faculty reading, Casa Dracula courtyard (public invited for donation)
  • Wednesday Feb 8  night – Writers Dinner at Serendipity for TSWW + Writing Ranch
  • Thursday Feb 9 afternoon, Publishing Roundtable (public invited for donation) Location TBA
  • Friday Feb 10 night – Fiesta at Casa Dracula (by invitation only)
  • Saturday afternoon – TSWW concluding event, location TBA

To be scheduled:

  • Craft workshop with Jonathan Penner

A few new things:

  • Nick Triolo, a young writer based in Missoula with family in TS, joins our staff.
  • We’re collaborating with Writing Ranch  a workshop that our friend Ellie Waterston has run for many years in Todos Santos. This year we’re running concurrently. Writing Ranch students will join us at several TSWW events, and we’ll get together for a combined group dinner at Serendipity on Wednesday night, where  Nick Triolo will give a pre-dinner talk: Psychoscapes of Love and Revolution: Personal Narrative on Ecology, Activism, and Human Wholeness
  • On the final “Fiesta” night, we’ll be inviting some of our literary friends from La Paz to help create a cross-cultural event with music, food and spoken word en español y ingles.  More details to come!

The Todos Santos Writers Workshop at Casa Dracula is led by a team of creative writers, editors, graphic designers and publishing experts dedicated to inspiring and furthering the art of the written word. Established in 2014 in the pueblo magico of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, the Todos Santos Writers Workshop offers courses for writers at all levels. Workshops and seminars are based at the historic Casa Dracula, a 19th Century hacienda renowned in local legend and myth. The Todos Santos Writers Workshop  partners with local business, educational institutions and organizations to support the community.

Jeanne McCulloch

JAY photoAn editor at The Paris Review, Tin House, writer in the Features department at Vogue magazine, McCulloch’s work has appeared in Vogue, Tin House, Elle, Allure, O Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. Her interviews with writers have appeared in the legendary Writers at Work series at The Paris Review, and in Tin House.  She is the founding Editorial Director of Tin House Books. McCulloch has taught fiction and non-fiction at The New School for Social Research and at numerous summer writers conferences.  She is currently completing a memoir to be published by Harper Collins.

Rex Weiner
Rex Journalist, publisher, author and editor, Weiner’s feature articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Observer and The Paris Review, among others. Weiner co-authored The Woodstock Census, a widely-hailed survey of the Sixties Generation’s impact on American society. As staff reporter for Variety from 1992-97 he covered the movie industry and covered Los Angeles politics as West Coast Correspondent for the Forward. He is a regular contributor to L’Optimum and Officiel Hommes in France as well as ICON and Rolling Stone Italia, writing cover stories on film and music stars. Pioneering print-on-demand publishing for books of fine art photography, Weiner  conducts workshops on independent publishing. He is a co-owner of Casa Dracula since 1985.


Gordon Chaplin
GordonA former journalist (Washington Post, Newsweek, Baltimore Sun), Chaplin has written two novels and three memoirs, including the acclaimed memoir Full Fathom Five. He is a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and a consultant with Niparaja, a non-profit marine conservation organization based in La Paz, Baja California Sur.  He first visited Todos Santos in 1981 and is a co-owner of Casa Dracula since 1985. His latest novel, Paraiso, will be published in 2016.

Jonathan Penner
JonathanJonathan Penner is the author of two novels, Going Blind and Natural Order, and two story collections, Private Parties and This Is My Voice. His fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Paris Review, and many other magazines. He has held writing fellowships from the Guggenheim and Fulbright Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, and his many honors include the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Penner has taught fiction writing at the University of Arizona, the University of Hawaii, and Vanderbilt University, and has given lectures and readings abroad under the auspices of the U. S. State Department. 

Lucille Recht Penner 
LucilleLucille Recht Penner was born in New York City and is an alumna of Barnard College. She has written 35 books for children on subjects ranging from dinosaurs to Native American food. Many of her books have been book club selections and two were Boston Globe Honor Books. Mrs. Penner lives in Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon




About The Writing Ranch

EllenSince 2000 the Writing Ranch has offered workshops and retreats for emerging and established writers in poetry, nonfiction and memoir. The annual week-long “Writing Down the Baja” and “Manuscript Lab” held in Todos Santos are for writers ready to commit to the page and get some writing done.

Led by Ellen Waterston, award-winning author, poet and creative writing instructor, the Writing Ranch’s week-long retreat includes daily workshops, evening critiques, guest author presentations, sightseeing excursions, a formal final reading, a published anthology of participant’s work, and lodging and meals at Serendipity, an exquisite beachfront boutique hotel.

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  1. Hi Jenelle – Hoping you can update your blog with the following news about the upcoming TSWW (and hope you’ll joins for some of the events)

    The 2018 Todos Santos Writers Workshop runs January 27 thru Feb 3. Award-winning poet, translator, and journalist Christopher Merrill (link – ) inaugurates TSWW’s poetry workshop, joining the faculty alongside Jeanne McCulloch (Memoir); Gordon Chaplin (Fiction); Rex Weiner (Nonfiction); Merrill Feitell (Short story) plus guest writers and public events to be announced, including a special seminar featuring Writing Ranch founder and poet Ellen Waterston together with Christopher Merrill in conversation about “Inner and Outer Landscapes: Writing Personally About Nature.” More info at link – #LitHappens


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