Islands are for Writers
2016 marks the fourteenth year of the Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshops
held on the Greek island of Andros
and directed by Greek-American writer, artist and creativity expert, Amalia Melis. This quiet island in the Cyclades offers a perfect setting where writers can meet, write, exchange ideas, create new work and relax in a landscape deeply inscribed with myth and history, and surrounded by fabulous beaches. Workshops are intensive and provide a trusting space where published and aspiring writers may unfold their new stories and create new writing. The Aegean Arts Circle keeps each workshop small, working with award-winning instructors who are committed to writing and to nurturing the writers in their group. The workshops meet for three hours with an instructor in the morning, then writers are free to spend the afternoon writing, swimming or exploring the area. The group meets again in the evening to discuss their work, and then enjoys a traditional Greek meal with wine, prepared by a local chef. Participants stay in single rooms with bath, air conditioning, and private balcony overlooking the sea in one of the island's excellent hotels in the port town of Gavrio. Past instructors have included David Lazar,
essayist and founding editor of Hotel Amerika,
poet Adrianne Kalfopoulou,Thomas E. Kennedy, Robert Owen Butler,
Natalie Bakopoulos, poet and translator Stratis Havarias, Nick Papandreou, Dorothy Allison, Connie May Fowler,
, Jane Gould, Beatriz Badikian, and Elissa Raffa. There will be two workshops in summer 2016, The Short Prose Cross-Sectional Workshop with Michael Martone from June 23rd to July 4th, and the Soul of Place
Multigenre Workshop with Pokkoli instructor Linda Lappin
from July 7-13. For all information regarding fees and enrollment, please contact Amalia Melis at email@example.com
For information about financial arrangements, payments, logistics, scholarships, schedules, travel information, special meal requests, etc. please contact the Aegean Arts Circle director, Amalia Melis at the above address, or through the Aegean Arts Circle website,http://www.aegeanartscircle.com/
Multigenre Creative Workshop July 7th-July 13th
The purpose of this workshop is to generate new ideas, material, and approaches to creative writing projects in all genres and to unlock unexplored sources of inspiration concealed in our environment and in our memories. We will be investigating our deeper connections to places both familiar and exotic, rural and urban, natural and artificial, real and imaginary through a series of writing exercises and assignments intended to help writers conjure the soul of place. Some of the themes addressed will be: landscape narratives, flânerie, pilgrimage, deep maps and desire maps, labyrinths, childhood and sacred space, islands and isolation, solitude and non-places, the mythic and the surreal. The workshop is open to writers of all genres.
Workshop schedule: Each morning we will work with a couple of themes in class, using whatever genre suits the individual writers best-- journaling, poetry, prose, short fiction, travel essay, memoir. Assignments will be given for the following day, when we will share our new writing in class. Afternoons will be set aside for writing and exploration. In the evening we will meet up for dinner to discuss our progress. Writers may request a private conference with the instructor during the conference. We will be working with ideas from Lappin's new book The Soul of Place -A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci
Discounted paperback copies will be available to participants.
Workshop cost: $1600 USA or 1450 Euros Fees include round trip ferry tickets Rafina port/Andros, Six night stay single air-conditioned room with private balcony overlooking the sea at hotel in Andros, breakfast & special dinners made just for our group by hotel chef, van pick up/drop off Andros port-Andros Hotel, workshop fees. The option to stay additional days to write in Andros is available, extra fees will apply.
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Some scholarships may be available to AWP members. Returning participants are entitled to a discount.
BIO: Linda Lappin, prize-winning poet, novelist, essayist, and travel writer is the author of The Soul of Place-A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci
(Travelers’ Tales 2015). She has published three novels: The Etruscan
(2004, 2010, runner up in fiction at the New York Book Festival 2010), Katherine’s Wish
( 2008 Gold medal Ippy Awards in historical fiction, finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year), Signatures in Stone
(2013, Overall Winner, Daphne Du Maurier Award). Her essays have been published in The Kenyon Review, the Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Rain Taxi, Writers’ Chronicle,
anthologized by Seal Press, awarded the Travelers Tales/ Solas House Bronze Medal for travel writing,
the Hugh J. Luke award for the essay, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Her poetry has appeared in Agni, kayak, and the Seneca Review. She has held workshops at the following venues: the USAC Study Abroad Consortium in Italy, the Centro Pokkoli in Italy also in coordination with the Kenyon Review Italy Program and the Converse College Creative Writing Program, Rome Feltrinelli International, Paris Women’s Writing Workshop, and the English Department of Christian Albrecht University in Kiel Germany. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa.
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"A Workbook for all Creatives" Wewanted2bwriters.com
"A great new resource for writers" Dr. Jessie Voigts, Wandering Educators
"A conscious way to explore the power of place" WanderLit
"Lappin's book feels like a life guide" Candice Ransom
"This book will change your writing" Wandering Educators
"Invaluable advice for the writer and traveler" Lavinia Spalding
"Deeply intelligent & Inspiring" Susan Tekulve, Serving House Journal
MORE ABOUT THE AEGEAN ARTS CIRCLE --"Andros is a quiet Cycladic island with little tourism making it an ideal place to slow down, get away from the daily grind to focus on new writing. For a complete program, please visit the site The Aegean Arts Circle or email us directly by
The Aegean Arts Circle Workshop: The place where writers meet
clicking here"--Amalia Melis, Director
"For the past 13 years the Aegean Arts Circle has been a constant fixture on the island of Andros. Undaunted by Greece’s ups and downs, Amalia Melis, Greek-American writer and artist from New York, keeps bringing award-winning authors there to help less experienced writers polish their skills and find their voice. Every summer a select group generates a unique environment of trust, dedication and focus that produces fine, publishable prose and lasting inspiration. As a measure of the success of these workshops, some people return again and again for that buzz of intense excitement that occurs when creative juices start flowing and words spill out onto page or screen with a force and confidence you had only dreamed of. Amalia’s recipe of morning meetings with exercises and critiques of a single participant’s chosen text, a poolside lunch or swim, free afternoons, and a delicious dinner under the stars rarely fails to elicit your best writing while fostering friendships in the process. I know. I’ve attended three Aegean Arts Circle "… Diana Farr Louis, Pushcart Nominee, 2015
islands are for writers
For more about Andros, see this Travel Guide by Diana Farr Louis. Andros Travel Guide