Write and Travel: Venice
'Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.'
Writers Merle Levin and Kristin Flood have been facilitating Writing Workshops for the past 12 years in Italy, France and Norway. On this tour, Merle and Kristin are launching their latest “Write and Travel” workshop. It is a combination of writing, literature, art and culture. Kristin and Merle have developed a “mind-free” writing method that uses writing:
Instruction is given in both Norwegian and English. Your writing will of course be in your language of choice.
Anyone can participate, regardless of writing experience.
Imagine yourself living as a writer in the city made for and by writers, poets, philosophers, painters – the city of imagination, memory and art. The cafés buzz with discussion, the light is soft, the canals glisten, and there are no sounds of traffic other than footsteps and the calls and songs of the gondoliers. Your heart and mind sing with the richness of history, beauty and pleasure as you step out of your own apartment or small hotel each morning on the way to writing class in Gabriella’s charming little Minotta palazzo in the Dorsoduro area. You will experience what it is like to be “local” as you step into rhythm with others walking to work or school, stopping at the coffee shops for a quick espresso, watching the loading and unloading of goods into boats – the only form of transport other than by foot. There is a unique atmosphere in Venice in these early hours, before the city becomes busy with tourists.
Venice is a cultural gem; it is a living museum with narrow alleys, exquisite architecture, a frescoed treasure just over a bridge or around a corner. Most of the buildings are from 14th, 15th, 16th and 1700's. The city is an inspiration to all artists and you will be part of a select group of like-minded people, who enjoy combining travel with writing, and use their inspiration to discover deeper things about themselves and the world around them. There will be around 15 people in the group, many of whom have participated in previous workshops with Merle and Kristin. These adventurous facilitators share a love of the way art inspires mindfulness and a deeper awareness of Self and they use this city as a backdrop to this process.
Many participants, who have attended Kristin and Merle’s writing workshops, have experienced profound changes in their lives. They have deepened their self-awareness, and have developed a new focus and inspiration to pursue their writing goals - whether it is to publish a project or to write for their own inner journey. The participants find they are inspired by the authors’ zeal and enthusiasm, their non-judgmental way of teaching and the supportive atmosphere they create to help writers to find their “voice”.
Each morning we will meet in the reception room of a stunning palazzo from the 1700s, with a view of the Gaffaro Canal and the famous architect Torres' private residence. The reception room will be transformed into our teaching room, with chairs and tables. We will gather from 0930 to 1330. Gabriella, who lives in the palazzo and is our hostess, will prepare lunch for us. The afternoons are free – our intention is that you use this time to sit and write and be inspired by this magical city.
Two events are included in the cost of the program:
Three events are an optional extra and are not included in the price. They are scheduled for late afternoons/evenings for those who would like a break from writing or to have a cultural feast.
A basic overview of the morning sessions in the week-long program: