photo copyright Carol Buchanan 2017

photo copyright Carol Buchanan 2017

SILENCE-- it'S SO haRD TO COME BY

In 2018 I decided it was high time I started offering writers space at the ranch to work on books and other projects. I've had the great fortune of being the recipient of a writing residency years ago at Madroño Ranch, which gave me the peace, space, and time, to revise one of my books. I've also attended a number of meditation retreats that allowed me the peace, space, and time to clear my mind. I want to extend similar opportunities to those of you trying to get your writing done, but who keep running into the obstacles that day-to-day life throws in your writing path. 

If you would like to come spend some time at the ranch, mini-retreats run from Sunday afternoons through Thursday afternoons, subject to availability. I can host up to four writers per session. Cost is $60 per night for a private room and shared bathroom. While you aren't obligated to sit at your keyboard the entire time-- feel free to wander the ranch, feed the horses, gather eggs, meditate in the tiny chapel, hula hoop in the Molly Ivins Pavilion-- there will be set hours of silence so you can work in true peace.

You bring your own food and eat together with other residents in the dining room or alone in your private space, your choice. You will never be forced to be part of a group. At Tiny T Ranch WE HEART INTROVERTS! 

To apply for a residency email: spikegillespie@gmail.com

Occasionally I have room in my schedule to offer one-on-one writing coaching at an additional cost. If you're interested in this option we can discuss your goals and my fees and decide if I'm the right coach for you. 

If you want to know a little bit about my writing career and credentials, here you go: 

I like to say my job titles at the Tiny T Ranch include CEO, Housekeeper, and Head Horseshit Shoveler. But it's also true that long before I learned these skills, I was a writer. I began writing as soon as I could hold a pencil and spell. I had my first success in fifth grade, winning essay contests with thought-provoking musings on why firefighters are good and litter is bad. 

I was first published as a weekly columnist for my college newspaper, The Oracle (USF Represent!) From there I went on to a successful three-decade career as a journalist, writing for publications ranging from Veterinary Practice Management (hello post-college magazine internship!) to The New York Times Magazine. My work has also appeared in many other places including National Geographic Traveler, Elle, Self, Playboy, GQ, Real Simple, NYT, Christian Science Monitor, Smithsonian, and Texas Monthly. I've been a columnist for The Dallas Morning News and Texas Co-Op Power Magazine. I've provided commentary for Austin's NPR affiliate KUT. I am also the author of eight books, with my ninth book, The Tao of Bob, scheduled for release in March 2018. 

I was voted Best NonFiction Writer/Memoirist in Austin by readers of The Austin Chronicle in 2017 & 2016, and Best Writer in Austin also by readers of The Austin Chronicle in 2006

I have been leading Memoir Writing Workshops for more years than I can remember. I have coached many people through the start-to-finish process of writing a book. I'd love to meet you and talk writing.