Sunday 24 November 2013

Beth Follett and Stan Dragland
Los Parronales
Jan 19th-Feb 1st, 2014

Join us!
Discuss, think and write; around the table, under the trees, by the pool.
Share critiques and consultations.
Dine on classic Chilean food and wine
Explore Chile’s Central Valley and spectacular PACIFIC COAST
email: Susan Siddeley:


 “Run, don’t walk, to sign up for a Los Parronales writing workshop. Situated in the middle of a vineyard, surrounded by the foothills of the Andes, it’s a bona fide paradise. My head is still spinning from the camaraderie, the field trips, the visits to Neruda’s houses, and the perfect weather. Life-changing things happen at Los Parronales!”  Barry Dempster
If you are able to go to this retreat in Chile, it will be a memorable thing. Beth Follett and Stan Dragland are extraordinary as people and as teachers. They will push you in your writing to the place you need to go. ronna bloom
The time spent in Los Parronales studying with Beth Follett and Stan Dragland was a great boost to my writing. Beth created an atmosphere of warmth and daring, encouraging us to discover hidden depths. Stan, just as warmly, provided a rich foray into language and literature. Both gave generously of their time, editing and re-editing with gentle insight and professionalism. I came home with several poems near-ready for publication, and a strengthened belief in my work. Cynthia French

For me, two weeks spent at Los Parronales under the mentorship of Beth Follett, basking in the hospitality of Susan and Gordon Siddeley, was a discovery of the importance of writing in my life and the realization that being "away" can really be the thing that brings you home. Beth has a quiet intensity that allows you to breathe deeply and listen and to begin to hear things that have always been there but have gone unnoticed; to pay attention to the meaning within the words. The day trips to Valparaiso, Isla Negra and Santiago and the homes of Pablo Neruda enhanced the experience, as did evening meals around the family table at Susan and Gordon’s. A fabulous experience in every sense. Janet Hepburn

I never knew I could write anything as beautiful as I did at Los Parronales with Beth and Stan. R. Rubenstein
My writing benefited greatly from Beth and Stan's complementary mentorship styles during the two week workshop. What a privilege and pleasure to work with them in the charming setting of Los Parronales!Good luck with the workshop, Susan.  What a lovely image I conjure up when I think of it.  Jennifer Savidge

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