Writers' Workshop at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts
Mission of the Workshop
The tranquil, picturesque setting of Oklahoma State University’s Doel Reed Center in Taos, New Mexico offers students an ideal location for the deep reflection and careful articulation demanded by the competitive scholarship application process.
In this five-day travel program, students will have the opportunity to craft the written components of the applications they began on campus while also allowing time to explore the unique culture of Taos. Whether they are developing a personal statement or policy proposal, experienced writers and advisors will guide students through all stages of the revision process. And in the spirit of the workshop format, students will share with peers in a supportive, respectful environment.
About the Doel Reed Center for the Arts
The Doel Reed Center ex-tends OSU’s reach into New Mexico by offering programs characterized by synergistic, multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.
The center began as the residence of acclaimed artist Doel Reed whose vision and leadership helped establish OSU’s Department of Art. Martha Reed, Doel’s daughter, offered OSU the unique opportunity to establish the center in the culturally rich artistic community of Taos, NM. Today the center stands as a testament to her vision.
The rural property encompasses 1.5 acres of land featuring spectacular views in all directions as it lines the scenic High Road southwest of Taos. It includes three historic structures: Doel and Jane Reed’s adobe home built in the first half of the 19th century, Mar-tha’s adobe home built in the 1930s, and Doel’s personal studio that maintains its historic appearance and inventory.
Director of the Center, Dr. Carol Moder, who also participates in workshop activities, aspires to change forever the lives of students working in the inspiring atmosphere of this unique location.
About Taos, NM
Set on a rolling mesa at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos (Tä os) is a place with spectacular views, where the desert palette changes almost hourly as the sun moves across the sky. Adobe buildings—some of them centuries old—lie nestled amid pine trees and scrub, some in the shadow of majestic Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest point (over 13,000 ft.).
Taos hosts a thriving artistic community with numerous galleries and shops. And the town boasts a sophisticated and eclectic dining scene. It's a fine destination for authentic New Mexican, and is also home to upscale spots serving creative fare using local ingredients.
Five museums provide hours of browsing: the Harwood Museum, Taos Art Museum, Millicent Rogers Museum, E. L. Blumenschein Home and Museum, and La Hacienda de los Martínez.