We're planning the 2011 season at the VCCA's Moulin à Nef studio center in Auvillar, France, and we'd love to hear your proposals for Auvillar Arts Workshops.
Unlike our residency programs, these workshops are open to the public. We hope that their success will help us keep the Moulin à Nef studio center fiscally viable, so that we can make our residency program there more affordable.
Visit http://www.vcca.com to see the workshops we offered this summer. We've had wonderful feedback from the May workshop, “O Taste and See: Writing the Senses in Deep France,” with poet Marilyn Kallet. Marilyn teamed up with Christophe Gardner to offer photography and cooking demonstrations as part of her writing workshop, and the participants loved both.
We have two more workshops booked for later this season: Painting in Southwest France and Writing en Plein Air. (Unfortunately, the Storytelling workshop has been canceled.)
In this economy, it can be difficult to fill a workshop. The tuition runs around $2,200 per participant and includes instruction, ground transportation, most meals, and double occupancy accommodations, but not travel expenses. Think hard about your target audience. Do you think you can gather the minimum of 8 paying participants needed to enable us to offer the workshop and provide you, the leader, with an honorarium? In 2010, the VCCA compensated the workshop leaders with round-trip economy airfare, all room and board, and a modest stipend.
If you're interested in proposing a workshop, e-mail Jess Griffith for an application: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for proposals is September 7, 2010, with notification to follow shortly afterward.
Auvillar is a beautiful village, and the Moulin à Nef is a wonderful place to teach and work. We hope you'll be able to experience it as a leader in the VCCA's Auvillar Arts Workshops program.