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Rananim - D.H. Lawrence Writing Workshops

In collaboration with Continuing Education, the UNM D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives are providing exciting eight-week, online writing workshops called Rananim. Rananim‘s online classes give you the opportunity to write, receive feedback, and learn about the craft of writing in an online course environment. Expect weekly feedback, craft talks, as well as writing assignments and prompts. Many faculty members are former instructors with the Taos Summer Writers' Conference, which was ranked a top-ten summer writers' conference from 1999-2016.

Rananim courses run for eight weeks in Jan/Feb, Apr/May, and Oct/Nov. The cost is $400 per class. $50 of your paid tuition gets you a tax receipt from the UNM Foundation for your contribution to the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives to preserve the legacy of novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda Lawrence.

About the D.H. Lawrence Ranch

The purpose of the Ranch Initiatives is to preserve the legacy of novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda Lawrence. Widely considered one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, the British novelist owned only one piece of property in his lifetime, a 160-acre ranch located some fifteen miles outside of Taos, New Mexico which was bequeathed to the University of New Mexico by Frieda Lawrence.  Fundamental to the mission of the D. H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives is preservation of the property and historic buildings. The Ranch Initiatives program will seek to place the operation of the property on a firm financial basis and to restore and develop the site so that it can support educational, cultural, and research activities for students, faculty, and the greater New Mexico community. This mission honors the directives of Frieda Lawrence’s will, which stipulated that the property “be used for educational, cultural, charitable, and recreational purposes.”

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Diane Thiel

Diane Thiel

Diane Thiel is the author of ten books of poetry, nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy, including Echolocations, Resistance Fantasies, The White Horse: A Colombian Journey, Open Roads: Exercises in Writing Poetry and Winding Roads: Exercises in Writing Creative Nonfiction, among others. Thiel is also a widely published translator. Her translation of Alexis Stamatis’s novel, American Fugue, received an NEA Award. Thiel's work appears in many journals, is re-printed in over sixty major anthologies, and has been translated widely. She has received numerous awards, such as a PEN Translation Award, the Robert Frost and Robinson Jeffers Awards, the Nicholas Roerich Award, and she was a Fulbright Scholar. Thiel received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and has taught creative writing for over twenty years. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the English Dept. at the University of New Mexico.

Class: The Art and Arc of Narrative Poetry

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Robert Wilder

Robert Wilder

Robert Wilder is the author of a novel, NICKEL, and two critically acclaimed books of essays: Tales From The Teachers’ Lounge and Daddy Needs a Drink, both optioned for television and film. He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, Working Mother and elsewhere. He has been a commentator for NPR’s MorningEdition, The Madeleine Brand Show, and On Point and other national and regional radio programs including the Daddy Needs a Drink Minute which airs weekly on KBAC FM. Wilder’s column, also titled “Daddy Needs A Drink,” is printed monthly in the Santa Fe Reporter. He was awarded the 2009 Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. Wilder has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the past twenty years.

Class: Tell Your Story (memoir/fiction)

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