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Enter VON's Writing Contest
Famous Writer Clive Matson is the Contest Judge

By Arianna McKinney

"We all have very interesting stories," affirmed author and poet Clive Matson, who will be visiting Nosara to conduct a writing seminar, and The Voice of Nosara would like to hear your stories. We invite you to submit an entry in our first writing contest, and Matson will select the winner, whose story will be published by VON.* The winner will enjoy an evening of luxury with a free one-night stay at L'acqua Viva hotel.

Stories can be submitted in English or Spanish, up to 10,000 words, by Wednesday, February 22nd by emailing them to [email protected] or dropping a printed copy off at our office in Guiones. The winner will be announced in the April edition of VON.


Two portions of the week-long workshop held February 16th to the 25th by Matson will be free, and everyone is welcome to participate. An open writing workshop will be held Saturday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m. at Nosara B&B Retreat in Playa Pelada, and a public reading of writers from the group will take place at the David Kitson Library in Nosara on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

During the workshop, Matson says that appreciation is key, helping people build confidence that what they write is interesting to others. "We appreciate each other's writing," he affirms. "Usually there's something valuable in the writing; it's hearing that in the writing and reflecting that back to the writer."

One tip Matson offers for writing is to "zoom into one scene, one event and slow it way down. Write the small physical details."

Matson explained that "there's an automatic connection between words and images in your mind." Thus if someone says "you can imagine a three-legged dog running," the human brain automatically conjures up that image. Those images, in turn, bring both the writer and the reader into the writing, allowing them to feel and see what's happening.

Matson, who lives in Oakland, California, has authored several books and collections of poetry, including "Let the Crazy Child Write!" a guide to unleashing the creative unconscious while writing. He began teaching creative writing in 1978, earned an MFA (master's degree in fine arts) in poetry from Colombia University and has taught more than 3,000 writing seminars.

*If the winning entry is long, a portion may be published in the print edition and the entire story will be published online at voiceofnosara.com.


More Entertainment News

Dust Fashion Nosara 2012

Another year has passed and it looks like, yet again, Nosara will not be getting asphalt. However, potholes, molasses and choking dust are nothing for a seasoned Nosareño. Not only do we still carry out business in a dust cloud, we look good doing it. Here are some of the hottest fashions for this season in Nosara.

Rumor Has It That the Play to Raise Funds for the Library Was a Hit

Chaos reigned on stage and the audience cackled and roared with laughter as 10 actors collectively known as the Nosara Players interpreted Rumors, a comic play by Neil Simon, at the Selva Mar Club on Sunday, February 19th.

Kirtan Week in Nosara

The evening of Thursday, February 16, singer Krishna Das, popularly known as the rock star of chanting, will give a presentation beginning at 8 p.m. in the yoga studio of the Blue Spirit center in Garza. 

BlackSheep Turns Six and Celebrates with a Big Party

Next Saturday, February 18th, the BlackSheep, the only Irish pub in the middle of the Guanacaste jungle, will celebrate birthday number six. The party will start at 5 p.m. and all of the guests will be able to enjoy the exclusive music of successful trombonist Mark McGrain visiting us from New Orleans, USA.

Thousands Enjoyed the Nosara Fiestas

This year, the Fiestas of Nosara drew a big crowd with thousand of people in attendance. The main event in the arena saw rodeo riders from all over Guanacaste, Nicaragua, Brasil and United Estates. The participants in the arena were a good mix of tourists and locals.

Caricaco Music Festival Brings Music Caravan to Nosara
• Five Costa Rican rock bands and a California band will put on the year's best music show

Already in its fourth consecutive year, the Caricaco Music Festival will be held on March 10th at the Tierra Magnifica Hotel and will include Costa Rican bands Zopilot, Calle, Cocofunka, Sonámbulo and Daniel Patiño Quintana, along with California band Perro Bravo.

Astrology VON February 2012

February invites us to spend time fine-tuning our relationship with the rest of the world. Listen, be patient, and do your best to get along with each other. Find the balance between caring for yourself, and working for the greater good. Take steps to forgive. Heal any unresolved wounds from the past that may come up for review.

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