Monday, November 7, 2011

A Writing Workshop In Italy


Need some inspiration to get a kick-start on that memoir, food or travel piece you've been thinking about? Want to learn about traditions of a lesser-traveled region in Italy? Then spend a week in a medieval hilltop village where time moves slower and you can really savor the sights, sounds and flavors of daily life. Come to Santo Stefano di Sessanio, in Abruzzo, a UNESCO world heritage site, and take part in a workshop called "Italy, In Other Words."

I was there as a participant earlier this year and wrote about my experience here and here. Next year, I'm returning, but this time to lend a hand in teaching the cultural portion of the program. Kathryn Abajian, who teaches the writing portion, will return to give her expert guidance once more. 

The workshop will take place from May 26 to June 2, 2012 and you can read the full details and register by clicking here. You won't want to miss it. It's a great opportunity to polish your writing with excellent feedback from a great teacher and other writers in a unique setting.

And you'll have time for eating wonderful meals too, like this homemade spaghetti alla chitarra.

Time to meander the nearby fields and think, renew your spirit and recharge yourself.

Time to walk to a castle along ancient paths where shepherds once trekked with their flocks.

Time to visit a local cheesemaker and savor his pecorino cheese.

Time to explore the village and more -- so what are you waiting for? 

 Don't put off what you've always dreamed of doing. It may be just the opportunity you've been waiting for.

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  1. A great workshop and wonderful settings!



  2. It sounds like an incredible experience but I will be in Italy in November.

  3. A wonderful experience, sprinkled with amazing food and sights.
    I'd give my left arm [I'm a right-y] for a chance to visit a cheesemaker!

  4. I'd give my right arm to go! You're going to be great Linda, how exciting for you! You are so in your element, all the best to you my friend!!!

  5. So here would I rather write? In my computer room all winter in MN? Or any month in Italy? No brainer. I guess I'll have to fix my computer room to look like Italy and dream for awhile.

  6. And congratulations, Linda - I cannot think of anyone better who can enhance that experience. They're lucky to have you.

  7. This looks like a wonderful learning opportunity, combined with pleasure! I know you will add so much to the experience, Linda.

  8. I left a big portion of my heart in Abruzzo and I'm longing to be back, soon I hope.

  9. It will be an incredible experience for you and your frieds, all the best dear!

  10. Oh my, what I wouldn't give to have a wonderful experience like that!

  11. They are most fortunate to have you. I hope you have a fabulous time. Enjoy the weekend. Blessings...Mary

  12. Wow... what a wonderful experience... and gorgeous photos!