Saturday, May 23, 2015

8 Writers Workshops in Stunning Locations

If you plan to treat yourself to a writers workshop or retreat this year, why not get to see a little of the world while you do?


Get Away to Write in Tavertet
July 14 - 21, 2015

The Write in Spain program in northern Spain promises an immersion in a “supportive week-long writing experience that will energize and inspire you.” In addition to “encouraging workshops, plentiful writing time, and panoramic cliff top views,” there will be excursions to
Barcelona and the town of Vic, where the outdoor market dates back to the 9th century.

Peter E. Murphy (Stubborn Child and Thorough & Efficient) directs the winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers. Murphy Writing is a part of Stockton University, Galloway, New Jersey.



Black Forest Writing Seminars
Summer Session in Freiburg

July 27 - August 10, 2015

The program is situated in the picturesque, historic town of Freiburg, Germany, near the borders of Switzerland and France. This year’s offerings, featuring authors Ron Carlson, Roxane Gay, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Sieglinde Lemke, and Deborah Reed, include courses in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and literature. All courses are conducted in English.



49 Alaska Writing Center
Retreat in Tutka Bay

September 11-13

Tutka Bay, a remote and rugged fjord, named by Fodor’s as one of the world’s Top 100 places to stay, has soaring mountains, secluded beaches, old growth forest, and dramatic tidal fluctuations. It’s on the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, 225 miles of south of Anchorage, reached by a twenty-five minute water taxi ride across Kachemak Bay.

The retreat facility, The Widgeon, is a whimsical crabbing boat dry-docked on a tidal lagoon a short walk from your “well-appointed cabin”. In addition to the daily instructional sessions (fiction, CNF, and poetry) there will be assignments in the natural setting, breakout sessions, and the opportunity to share your work with others. To recover from all that hard work, there’s the hot tub, sauna, oceanside deck, beach walks and forest hikes.

Cost is $600 for 49 Writers members and $650 for non-members (which includes that water taxi).

Contact Linda Ketchum for more information.



Creative Writer’s Workshop
& Retreat on Inis Mor
September 14 - 19, 2015

The Creative Writer’s Workshop “offers a unique setting to…explore inner creativity, discover the heart of your story - be it fiction or autobiographical fiction – and let the raw beauty of this ancient landscape inspire your soul and writing spirit.”
The workshop is open to new, emerging and established writers to create a short story, develop a novel, or work on a current manuscript. Participants will receive feedback on their stories throughout the workshop. Additionally, participants are guided through “simple and fun right-brain/left-brain learning techniques and exercises to explore creative ways to stimulate and discover the writer within. Add to this, guided walks to ancient sites to help a trigger sense of place and identity, through myth.

Tuition includes single occupancy accommodations and meals. For information contact Irene Graham, founder and author of The Memoir Writing Workbook.



In Other Words Memoir
Writing Retreat in Varenna
September 20-26, 2015

The 2015 Italy, in Other Words Memoir Writing & Cultural Retreat will be held at the Villa Monastero in Varenna on Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy.

Participants will meet five mornings to study the craft of narrative nonfiction and to workshop participants' writing. Each writer also meets one or two times for a personal consultation on his or her writing. Afternoons offer optional activities that focus on the local culture. In the evenings, participants gather to enjoy regional foods and wines.

Faculty includes Kathryn Abajian, program director and emeritus professor of writing and literature and Linda Prospero, Princeton-based writer and former NYC journalist with Reuters.



Anam Cara Writer’s and
Artist’s Retreat in County Cork
April to October

Located between Coulagh Bay and Mishkish on the Kealincha River, Anam Cara is available to serious writers and artists year-round, either as a retreat or as part of a workshop group, says Director Sue Booth-Forbes.

An all-inclusive residential retreat, it offers private and common working rooms, a conservatory studio, hot tub, and sauna as well as 2 km. of walking paths; quiet nooks and crannies; a sod-covered meditation hut, formal and vegetable gardens, a labyrinth meadow, and a duck pond with resident ducks and free-range hens.

Genres covered in the workshops include Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting and Children's literature.

Contact Sue Booth-Forbes for more information.



Writing Workshops in Thessaloniki & Thasos

Two-week and one-month-long workshops are offered in fiction, CNF, and poetry in the city of Thessaloniki and on the Greek island of Thasos. Instruction in Greek language and culture is also offered. “History, archeology, landscape, and literature: Writing Workshops in Greece offers participants the chance to be immersed in the beautiful complexities of island culture while writing and reading with a cohort of like-minded artists.”

According to their website: “Our remarkably affordable two-week and month-long workshops offer participants the chance to write poetry with Carolyn Forché, travel & food writing with Christopher Bakken, and prose with Natalie Bakopoulos. Joanna Eleftheriou will offer supplementary afternoon sessions exploring Greek language, music, and culture. Our setting is sublime. We begin in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, abuzz with archeology, Byzantine churches, and night life. Then we move to the island of Thasos, to the sublime Alyki peninsula, overlooking three beaches, an ancient temple, and a Roman marble quarry.”

Contact Christopher Bakken for more information.



Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavik
April 13 - 17, 2016

Too late for this year. The retreat was held in April. The retreat invites published and aspiring book writers in fiction and non-fiction to participate in a series of workshops, panels and lectures as well as tours of the region.

The 2015 workshops were led by Barbara Kingsolver, Adam Gopnik, Ruth Reichl, Alison Pick, Taiye Selasi, John Vaillant, Linn Ulmann, Sjon, Alan Warner, and Marcello Di Cintio.

Check their website for details on the 2016 retreat.


Note: Author makes no representations as to the quality of the workshops and retreats listed above. I loved the locations and wish I could go to every one of them! If you have attended any of them, I’d like to hear about your experience.

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