Puglia, Italy 2008

PRICE is USD $2,500

June 15-24, 2008

Join us for a 10-day intensive writers' workshop in Puglia, an intriguing and historically rich area of southeastern
Italy – the heel of the boot.

Writers will stay in Alberobello in authentic trullis – the architecturally unique traditional cone-roofed houses of
the central region of Puglia. We will take day trips to the white cities of Martina Franca, Ostuni, Locorotondo and
the baroque city of Lecce; grotto dwellings of Matera; medieval forts of Castello di Monti and Svevo; prehistoric
cave paintings of Grotte di Cervi; thermal baths of Santa Cesarea; Greco-Roman archeological sites; and a boat
trip to view mussel farms near Taranto.

Writing emphasis will be on non-fiction, creative non-fiction and personal essays.
The workshops will include:
• Daily morning group workshops
• One-on-one consultations with the instructors
• Mornings and evenings devoted to writing
• Excursions to explore the Puglia countryside
• Evening music and discussions

Faculty: Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar (see About Us)
All participants will have the opportunity to work with both instructors.

Publication: Each participant may submit one or two 1,500 to 2,000 word essays or
short stories about some aspect of travel in the region. A collection of participants’
work will be published before Christmas of 2008. Submissions deadline: July 24, 2008.


• Shared accommodation with kitchenettes and en suite bathrooms ($150 supplement for a private room)
• Self-catered breakfasts and four dinners
• Transportation to and from Alberobello from Bari airport or train station
• Transportation for day-trips
• Entrance fees to sites
• Entertainment and beverages at workshop center
• Six copies of the workshop anthology Venturing in Italy



June 15-24, 2008

SUNDAY, June 15th
Pick-up from Bari Centrale (train station) mid-afternoon. Transport to Truillidea
Homes, Alberobello, Puglia. (www.trullidea.it) Explore town.
6:30 pm Reception with workshop overview and introductions. Welcome dinner.

MONDAY, June 16th
10-12 Writing Workshop
12-2 pm Writing time and Lunch in Alberobello
2 pm Visit to the baroque city of Lecce. Tour Castle, Roman theatre, and walk
through historic town. Writing time. Dinner in Lecce.

TUESDAY, June 17th
10 am Full day trip to Matera. Guided tour and walk through historic town. Lunch
4 pm  Castello di Monti (Frederick II). Guided tour of Castle.
5:30 pm Wine tasting and light supper at local Puglian winery

WEDNESDAY, June 18th
10-12 Writing Workshop
1 pm Lunch near coastal town of Monopoli.
2:30 pm Egnazia. Magna Graecia ruins and museum
3:30 pm Caves of Castellano
Late afternoon writing time and individual consultations
Dinner and Music Event in local town

THURSDAY, June 19th
10 am Full day trip to Prehistoric Grottas. Visit to Santa Cesaria Terme (wellness
capital of Puglia). Afternoon writing time. Optional: mudbaths in neolithic caves. Light
supper in Otranto.

FRIDAY, June 20th
10-12 Writing Workshop
1 pm Boat excursion with guide in Taranto. Mussel farming.
Light supper in Taranto

SATURDAY, June 21st
10 am  Castello Svevo (Frederick II)in Oria.
1:30 pm lunch at Medievale Ristorante, Alla Corte di Hyria
7-9 pm Writing Workshop
Evening free.

SUNDAY, June 22nd
10 am -1 pm Individual Consultations
Midday open to explore or write.
6 pm Tour and dinner in Martina Franca (the white city - culinary capital of Puglia).

MONDAY, June 23rd
10 am -1 pm Private Consultations
Afternoon open
8:30 pm Farewell dinner in Locorotondo with traditional Taranta music and dancing.

TUESDAY, June 24th
10-12 Writing Workshop. Preparing pieces for submission
Afternoon departure.