Lakonia, Greece 2006

 PRICE is USD $2,000

July 3-12, 2006


•  Shared accommodation
•  Transportation to and from the workshop from Athens (one way, 5 hours by taxi)
•  Breakfast and lunch
•  Afternoon coffee or tea
•  Transportation for day-trips to villages, caves, beaches, and island of Elafonisos
•  Entertainment and beverages at workshop center

Join us for a 10-day intensive writers workshop in the Vatika, one of the most beautiful rural areas of Greece,
located in the southern tip of the Peloponnesus.

Writers will stay in a private house in the mountain village of Mesochori, overlooking the Aegean. We will
take day-trips to villages of Byzantine origin, Neolithic caves, and the medieval fortress of Monevasia.
We will spend one day on the island of Elafonisos. Experience the food, the music, and most significantly,
Greek dance.

Writing emphasis will be on non-fiction, creative non-fiction, and personal essays.
The workshop will include:
•  Daily afternoon group workshops
•  One-on-one consultations with the instructors
•  Mornings and evenings devoted to writing and exploration of the Greek countryside
•  Evening group reading and discussion of participants’ work.

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

July 3 through July 12, 2006

Each participant may submit one or two 1,500 to 3,000 word essays or short stories about some aspect of travel
in the region. A collection of participants’ work, including work of well-known Greek writers from Homer to Ritsos,
will be published before Christmas of 2006. Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2006.



July 3-12, 2006

MONDAY, July 3              
Arrival Mesochori – Chance to get to know each other
Light dinner in Mesochori (home)

TUESDAY, July 4               
10-12 Workshop
12:30 – 15:00 Introduction to Neapolis, Swim, and Lunch
20:45 Dinner at nearby mountain village of Faraklo

WEDNESDAY, July 5              
Morning trip to Cave of Kastania
Return to Mesochori for light lunch
19:00-21:00 Workshop
Taverna dinner in Neapolis or ouzo & octopus for those more adventurous types

THURSDAY, July 6               
Day trip to the isle of Elafonissos
Swim at Simos Beach
Lunch at Mentes Taverna in town
19:00 – 21:00 Workshop
Light dinner in Mesochori

FRIDAY, July 7                       
Day trip to medieval town of Monevasia
Taverna Lunch at Monevasia
19:00 – 21:00 Workshop
Light dinner in Mesochori

SATURDAY, July 8        
7-11 Morning hike along designated hiking trails in the region  or, for those who
don’ t hike, a morning walk around the town of Neapolis (9:30 – 11)
11:30 – 15:00 Swim and lunch at Pounta Beach
18:30 – 20:30 Individual Consultations
21:00 Dinner at Matoula’s Taverna in village of Lahi
Late night dancing (optional)

SUNDAY, July 9                       
Morning free/ Individual Consultations
Taverna lunch in Neapolis
19:00 – 21:00 Workshop
Light dinner in Mesochori

MONDAY, July 10              
10 – 12 Workshop
Lunch at local taverna
19:00 – 21:00  Wine Tasting in Neapolis
Light dinner to follow

TUESDAY, July 11               
10 – 12  Workshop
Light lunch at Mesochori
20:30  Farewell barbecue at Connie’s

WEDNESDAY, July 12  
Departure for Athens