Voyages Of Inspiration

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It’s said that all a writer needs for inspiration is two hours’ time and two feet of level space. But there are places on earth where, if there is a writer present within an individual, that self cannot remain hidden. The places are themselves the muses. They call the writer forth. And this is what is offered to you in the series of seminars: CREATIVITY IN WOMEN, with Dorothy Allison, Jacquelyn Mitchard; ANCIENT CULTURES verses FICTION, with Margaret Drabble; WHEN FICTION TOUCHES THE WORLD, Breyten Breytenbach; THE WORLD OF DANTE, with Matthew Pearl, the winner of the prestigious Dante Prize; BORDER CROSSINGS: POLITICS IN FICTION AND ART, with Novelist and NPR Commentator, Andrei Codrescu and renown Art Historian, Peter Selz.

Carefully, mindful of the muses that have been summoned in these places of nearly sacred beauty, we’ve chosen five settings for writers’ retreats of exceptional quality and intensity. They are Belize, Dordogne, Tuscany, Zambia, and Botswana – diverse compass points where ancient peoples were moved to create magnificent art by the magnificence around them. In Belize, ruins evidence the Mayans passionate devotion to their gods. In Dordogne, artists by firelight recounted their exploits in cave paintings as alive as they were millennia ago. Etruscan feats of engineering and agricultural majesty, as well as the birth of the Renaissance, are comprised even in modern Tuscany; Botswana and Zambia are both heralded all over the world for their careful preservation of wildlife and stabilized safe governments.

In each of these places will gather writers for the page and the screen, some of whom are household names, among them, Emmy Award Winning Screenwriter for "The Straight Story", John Roach; Dorothy Allison, the author of 'Bastard Out of Carolina'; Margaret Drabble, 'Witch of Exmoor'; Connie May Fowler, 'Before Women Had Wings'; Joyce Maynard, 'To Die For'; and Jacquelyn Mitchard the author of 'The Deep End Of The Ocean'. All chosen for their ability to teach – to communicate their own passion and nurture that of other writers and thinkers. Sumptuous meals of indigenous cuisine, peaceful and awe-inspiring surroundings and plenty of time to reflect and connect complete the irresistible combination of sensory delights.

If you are already writing and need the courage to complete, thinking of writing and wondering how to begin, or if you simply appreciate writing and reading and want to share the creative process with people who embody it, these adventures truly wait for you.

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