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The Rancho Linda Vista artists community is a pioneer in the emergence of Arizona’s vibrant arts scene.
Over the years many poets of note have spent time here—writing, giving public readings, exploring the desert, sharing ideas and collaborating with resident artists.


Writing Intensive with William Pitt Root & Pamela Uschuk


  • When: Monday, May 21–Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Where: Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, Arizona
  • Participant limit: 10
  • Workshop fee: $500
  • Reservation & fee receipt deadline: Tuesday, May 1


This inspirational mixed genre, hands-on, generative writing intensive focuses on weaving poetry and lyric prose to create memoir. Taught by award-winning writers and editors, William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk, the class meets for 4 hours daily for 5 days and will include a book list, poetry and memoir techniques, model pieces of writing, writing prompts, time to write, revision techniques, as well as critical feedback.

We’ll discuss work by diverse writers such as Luis Alberto Urrea, Joy Harjo, Audre Lorde, Nick Flynn, Beth Alvarado, Linda Hogan, Lucille Clifton, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Pam Houston, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Gary Shteyngart, Lidia Yuknavitch, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams and David Sedaris. We’ll discuss various aspects of how to submit and publish work.

Daily writing/discussion sessions will be held from 9 to 11 AM and from 1.30 to 3.30 PM. There is plenty of time for writing. Sessions will be held inside and out of doors. Built in are short hikes into the desert around Rancho Linda Vista, so bring comfortable walking shoes and a hat.

All writing generated during the week will be considered for publication in a special section in the 2018 Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts online issue. This intensive coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Rancho Linda Vista, a community devoted to the arts. During RLV’s ensuing weekend festivities, there will be a special reading of work generated from the writing intensive.

Room & Meals

Rancho Linda Vista will provide lunch and supper daily. Housing is available to those willing to share premises with a roommate or host family. Camping is also permitted. For others, comfortable and private accommodations are often available at nearby historic guest ranches. See lodging options...

About the Setting

Located on a historic adobe ranch in the beautiful upper Sonoran Desert, the Rancho Linda Vista artists community is a pioneer in the emergence of the Southwest’s vibrant arts scene. As a workshop participant, you will join a long line of distinguished poets who have spent time here writing, collaborating, sharing their work, and exploring the desert.

Reservations & Payment

As there are a limited number of spots, please email us as soon as possible to reserve a space at rlvworkshop@gmail.com. In your email, please include:

  1. Your full name.
  2. Your contact information, including: mail address, phone and primary email.
  3. A description of yourself, any current projects and what you hope to accomplish during the workshop (300 words or less).

Payment in full is due by Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Checks should be made out to RLV Oracle Art, Inc. and mailed to: P.O. Box 160, Oracle AZ 85623. You will receive a confirmation receipt soon thereafter via email.