Our vibrant and growing publishing company, located in Brattleboro, Vermont, will be co-leading a trip to Cuba in March with Green Writers Press author, long-time Cuba expert, and co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program,Â Tim Weed.Â This exciting new program combines a generative writing program focused on place with a dynamic off-the-beaten-track exploration of the â€śrealâ€ť Cuba, with its unique cultural, artistic, and environmental legacy.
Cuban poet, Â Dulce MarĂa Loynaz,Â wrote:
â€śCuando vayamos al mar yo te dirĂ© mi secreto”
â€”When we go to the sea, I will tell you my secret.”
ABOUT THE TRIP:Â Green Writers Press in Cuba: Writing, Culture, & Place
We begin in the magical time capsule city of Havana, with an itinerary that focuses on experiences that are unavailable to regularly scheduled tour groups. Weâ€™ll explore Cubaâ€™s inspiring cultural scene, dropping in on artistsâ€™ studiosÂ and galleries, attending dynamic music & dance performances, and visiting many of the countryâ€™s fascinating and lesser-known cultural hot-spots, including synagogues, neighborhood markets, SanterĂa temples, and small and quirky museums. Weâ€™ll visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Caribbeanâ€™s largest colonial fortress, one of the worldâ€™s greatest cemeteries, a cigar factory, and legendary Finca VigĂa, where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote for more than two decades.
Weâ€™ll also explore Cubaâ€™s unique environmental and conservation legacy, with a visit to an urban organic farm, a hike through a shade-grown coffee plantation in the midst of a neotropical rainforest, a refreshing swim beneath cool waterfalls, snorkeling in azure coves filled with healthy coral heads and a diversity of marine species, and an expedition to a national park that encompasses the Caribbeanâ€™s largest protected mangrove area, a major destination and breeding ground for migratory wildfowl.
GWP guides, Dede Cummings and Tim Weed, at the home of Ernest Hemingway outside of Havana.
Our staff of Green Writers Press writers and editors will lead a series of field-based, generative writing exercises designed to help you document your experience in Cuba while incorporating an immersive sense of place into your prose or poetry.This programÂ is ideal for aspiring and established writers in any genre, but you donâ€™t need to be a writer to participateâ€”as long as youâ€™re excited about exploring, having fun, and sharing your impressions.
There will be time built into the itinerary for individual explorations as well. Because the group is limited in size, we will have the flexibility to take advantage of participantsâ€™ particular interests, with the spontaneity to take advantage of the sort of last minute happening that makes Cuba such a fun place to travel. In addition to a full daily schedule of people-to-people cultural exploration, weâ€™ll have the opportunity to sample the cuisine in many of Cubaâ€™s famous paladares (officially sanctioned restaurants located in private homes), and, of course, to experience Cubaâ€™s justly renowned music scene.
Dates:Â March 10-19, 2017
Price per person:Â $3,750 for double occupancy (single supplement: $400), includes round-trip airfare to Havana from Miami, visa, lodgings, all meals except 2-3 independent lunches or dinners, ground transportation, writing activities, cultural activities, a lecture series on Cuban history and culture, local guides and experts, and museum and park entrance fees. A few independent meals give participants the chance to get a break from the group and sample Cubaâ€™s famous paladares on their own.
To register:Â Non-refundable deposit of $800 due by December 1, 2016; balance due by January 15, 2016.
Space is limited to preserve the intimacy and flexibility of the experience, so we encourage you to reserve your place early. Please note that our itinerary in Cuba entails extensive walking. Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition.
A note on lodgings:Â We will stay in well-located privately run casas particulares (bed-and-breakfasts) that get us off the main tourist track allowing unparalleled access to real Cuban neighborhoods, as well as providing a comfortable, hospitable base for daily cultural immersion and travel activities. Lodgings are well located, simple, and very clean, with excellent breakfasts served by our warm and welcoming Cuban hosts.
GWP is planning similar programs in Iceland and Ireland. Send us a note if youâ€™re interested and weâ€™ll be in touch!
IMP. NOTE: If you are interested or think some of your students might be interested in this March 10 to the 19th trip, send me an email and I will give you more details. Our numbers are limited so we are encouraging people to reserve by the end of September. Â firstname.lastname@example.org