Place-Writing Workshop with Linda Lappin on Greek island of Andros, July 2016

Apr 11, 2016 |


islands are for writers

islands are for writers

Hello Charlie et al.  I wanted to let you know that registration is open for my place writing workshop to be held this summer on the Greek island of Andros from July 7 – 13, 2016

This will be a multigenre workshop based on my  new creative writing workbook published by Travelers Tales (Palo Alto, 2015) THE SOUL OF PLACE: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci.  This book, which condenses years of my writing workshops in Italy, France, and Germany has just been awarded the Gold Medal in the Nautilus Awards celebrating books that support conscious living, green values, high level wellness, and spiritual growth. The workshop is being organized and hosted by the Aegean Arts Circle of Andros.
MORE ABOUT THE AEGEAN ARTS CIRCLE: 2016 marks the fourteenth year of the Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshops 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. For more information, click here to go to the  Aegean Arts Circle website

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.

Linda Lappin’s soul of place exercises have also been featured in The Writer Magazine, Text, Transitions Abroad, and on the website  Travel Writing.2  For more information about her writing and workshops, see  and

Workshop Schedule: Each morning we will work with two or three themes in class exercises, 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 and discuss our work. Afternoons will be set aside for writing, swimming, and exploring the island. In the evening, we will meet up for dinner, prepared for our group by the hotel chef, to talk about our progress and discoveries. Writers may request a private conference with the instructor during the conference.

* Fees include round trip ferry tickets Rafina – Port of Andros, six-night stay in single, air-conditioned room with private balcony overlooking the sea at a fine hotel, breakfast & special dinners made just for our group by the 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. Does not include airfare to Greece. This year participants will stay at the fabulous Andros Holiday Hotel
All financial arrangements must be made directly with the Aegean Arts Circle by visiting their website: To contact the Aegean Arts Circle, please  email Amalia Melis, director. Linda Lappin is responsible only for the workshop content and activities, all other issues — economic, logistics, travel information, and special requests – will be handled by the Aegean Arts Circle.


Linda Lappin is a  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: A Bomarzo Mystery (2013 Overall Winner, Daphne Du Maurier Award).  Her essays have been published in The Kenyon Review, the Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Rain Taxi, Tiferet,  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,  the Paris Women’s Writing Workshop, the EACWP Paris Conference, and the English Department of  Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and is a former Fulbright fellow to Italy.   Her new book, The Soul of Place — A Creative Writing Workbook  has just won a Gold Medal in the Nautilus Awards in the category of Creative Process and was selected among fifteen top books for vicarious travelers by National Geographic Intelligent Traveler.  To receive updates, sign up for her newsletter.


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3 Responses

  1. Hi Linda – thanks so much for the post with all the details and links. Very much appreciated. I’ll put a link through to my G+ postings, too. I hope we can read more from you soon.

    Kindest regards

  2. Thanks so much for inviting me to post. You will be hearing more from me soon.
    Maybe next fall, or whenever, we could do an online writing exercise together with your students.
    I helped students at Christian Albrechts University in Kiel to create a literary guide to their town at a workshop some years ago. Maybe we could do something similar, though smaller, on line with yours.