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The Taos Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val and Women Writ­ing the West con­fer­ence

Why not make Oc­to­ber your month for writerly so­cial­iz­ing and learn­ing? First up, So­mos, the lit­er­ary so­ci­ety of Taos, hosts the 17th an­nual Taos Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val, of­fer­ing the artsy North­ern New Mex­ico vil­lage a ros­ter of local and im­ported tal­ent along with work­shops and story swaps where par­tic­i­pants can read out loud to a crowd. The events on Fri­day, Oct. 7, and Satur­day, Oct. 8, take place pri­mar­ily at the So­mos Sa­lon (108-B Civic Plaza Drive) in down­town Taos. Fea­tured sto­ry­tellers and teach­ers in­clude Laura Simms, Elaine Mu­ray, Cisco Gue­vara, and James Navé, the fes­ti­val direc­tor. Many events are free, but some re­quire paid ad­mis­sion at the door. The Taos Sto­ry­telling Big Stage Show, at the Taos Com­mu­nity Au­di­to­rium (145 Paseo Del Pue­blo Norte), starts at 7 p.m. on Satur­day; tick­ets, $20, must be re­served in ad­vance by call­ing 575-758-2052. For a com­plete sched­ule, visit­ The fol­low­ing week­end, be­gin­ning Thurs­day, Oct. 13, the 22nd an­nual Women Writ­ing the West con­fer­ence holds a va­ri­ety of work­shops, lec­tures, and dis­cus­sions at the Drury Plaza Ho­tel in Santa Fe (828 Paseo de Per­alta). From 8:40 to 9:40 a.m. on Fri­day, Oct. 14, Ju­lia Cameron, au­thor of The Artist’s Way, presents “The Right to Write,” in which she pro­poses that all the writ­ing par­a­digms com­monly taught do not en­cour­age the writ­ing im­pulse but squelch it. Denise Chávez (The King and Queen of Comezón) de­liv­ers the key­note speech at the Fri­day lun­cheon at 11 a.m. Other top­ics ad­dressed dur­ing the con­fer­ence are book-cover de­sign, pro­ce­dures for sub­mit­ting to agents and pub­lish­ers, and many as­pects of craft, in­clud­ing voice in biography, ghosts in fic­tion, flash mem­oir, and even how to out­line a story or novel. Ad­mis­sion to the full con­fer­ence, which runs through Sun­day, Oct. 16, is $325; sin­gle-day and sin­gle-event rates are also avail­able. For a com­plete sched­ule and regis­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion, visit www. wom­en­writ­ingth­

— Jen­nifer Levin

Taos Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val direc­tor James Navé

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