THE MEDITERRANEAN WRITERS GROUP
WRITERS’ RETREAT, AGROS,CYPRUS, 2-3 MAY 2009
The Mediterranean Writers Group is hosting a writers’ retreat at the Rodon Hotel in Agros, Cyprus, situated in the isolated, mountainous region of Pitsilia, for the weekend of 2-3 May 2009 with the aim of allowing serious writers of fiction, poetry, and other forms of creative writing the opportunity to have the time and space to focus on their craft, share their work with other serious writers, and to soak up the natural environment of the region. The Med Writers Group has organized this 2-day mini-retreat combining creative writing workshops with readings, book swaps, and structured activities like nature walks and guided conversations related to their work. Of course, the retreat is also about having time away from the pressures of daily life to write in peace and solitude. The retreat is open to writers of all levels, and costs €92,00 total. The deadline to register is Friday, 3 April 2009.
Schedule of Activities
Saturday, 2 May 2009
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Creative Writing Workshop (short fiction). This workshop allows writers of short fiction to practice various forms of prose experimentation in an unhindered forum, guided by an experienced creative writing instructor.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch at local taverna Pantheon Cafe
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Creative Writing Workshop (poetry). This workshop allows poets the opportunity to try out new ways of approaching their craft, including exercises in prose poetry, narrative, lyric, and longer forms of poetry.
5:30 p.m. Book Swap. Participants will exchange books with each other, free of charge, as a means to both expanding their libraries and sharing what they have learned. Poetry, fiction, literary biography, and critical books all welcome.
7 p.m. Poetry and Fiction Reading. Members of the Med Writing Group will present a sampling of their short fiction and poetry at the Rodon Hotel, some with musical accompaniment.
8 p.m. Writing Time. The evening is set aside for undisturbed quiet time writing, with only one rule: that no participant contact another during this period, and that mobile phones remain switched off.
Sunday, 3 May 2009
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fiction and Poetry Response Workshop. This workshop allows participants the opportunity to share with the group and receive commentary on the writing they produced at the workshop the previous day and night.
12 p.m. Book Presentations. Each member will present a brief summary of a recent book they have read and liked, with quotations from the book where suitable, in the form of a mini-review and recommendation.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Picnic Lunch on Nature Walk. Participants will take an hour-long trail hike on undemanding terrain in the Troodos mountains, breaking for lunch and conversation.
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Guided Conversation/ Response Workshop. This period is reserved for free and open discussion of the writing participants have done during the previous two days, guided by a set of topics to help the writers evaluate their own and others’ progress.
Rodon Hotel room charge: €42,00 per person (includes Sat night & breakfast)
Conference Room/Facilities fee: €20,00 per person
Coordinator fee: €30,00 per person
All payments due upon arrival.
To register by 3 April 2009 contact Dr. Spurgeon Thompson, 1 28th Oktovriou Street, 4680 Agros, Cyprus, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone +357, 99804970. Late registrations accepted, but will not guarantee accommodation at the Rodon Hotel due to high season.