Kristina Marie Darling
May 19th-May 30th 2022

May 19th arrive Athens/Andros (details will be sent to all registered participants)
May 30th depart Andros for Athens. Fly out anytime after that.
NOTE: Actual workshop days are May 20-May 29

This workshop will begin with a discussion of your existing body of work.   A multi-genre workshop, encompassing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction of all kinds, we will work to refine—and expand your sense of what is possible within—your current writing projects.  This workshop is open to all experience levels, ranging from those who have just embarked on a poetry or prose manuscript to published writers.  Projects of all scopes, from short stories and essays to full length books - are also welcome.  This workshop will offer an opportunity to learn from an experienced instructor as well as colleagues whose work will challenge, delights and surprise you.  We will also spend some time broadening our horizons.  After all, every writer has a repertoire of literary forms in which they are comfortable writing. Our goal for the second part of the class will be to expand that repertoire of forms and techniques, offering tools that can be implemented in both short and long form writing projects.  We will examine types of innovative writing that are seldom taught in creative writing classes, such as erasure, the prose poem, flash fiction, and "found forms" (like footnote poems, glossary poems, and other templates that are not germane to poetry). In addition to in-class writing exercises, and detailed discussions of new drafts, we will examine work by contemporary innovative writers (Jenny Boully, Kristy Bowen, Simone Muench, Yedda Morrison, and Ronald Johnson). These brief readings and sample texts will be provided in class. This segment of the workshop offers an opportunity to experiment, learn about new forms of writing, and see oneself as part of a community of working writers.  We will also discuss the steps one takes to build an audience for a book prior to publication, strategies for effective pitches to publishers, and standard submissions procedures within the industry, in addition to offering personally tailored journal and publisher recommendations.  

Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson 
June 13th-June 24th 2022 

June 13th arrive Athens/Andros (details will be sent to all registered participants)
June 24th depart Andros for Athens. Fly out anytime after that. 
NOTE: Actual workshop days are June 14-June 23.

This 10-day workshop will be an improvisational journey into your own creative spirit, where you’ll find gems that spark stories and ideas that urge you to write. In our daily three-hour sessions, we’ll use breathing exercises, music, movement, meditation, guided visualizations, free writing, and a mindful practice of listening, to generate new material and deepen a sense of what your work means to you. 
Writers will create new material on a daily basis--whether it's fiction, creative nonfiction or memoir. Whether you’re seasoned or new to writing, each of you is on equal ground in the unique realm of your imagination and memory. Each day, we’ll also pay attention to the details essential in storytelling and revision. As you generate work from one workshop session to the next, you’ll be deepening your characters, drawing in readers with your leads, and adding description and dialogue that enlivens your work in fresh ways. Your exchanges with each other and writing on your own will also enrich your work and help you tap into the inner wellspring of creativity that flows within us all. 
Please submit three to five pages of something you’ve written that feels authentic to you. It does not need to be complete. It does not need to be part of a current project.  Accompany it with a short letter about how this piece connects to your goals for the workshop, for your writing overall, and for projects ongoing or imagined. Tell me what, if anything, holds you back--and what makes your work come to life.