Photo taken at the Greek ruins in Paestum, one of the sites visited by the group

Photo taken at the Greek ruins in Paestum, one of the sites visited by the group

It all started when...

In May 2017, I was asked in an interview what I was most looking forward to as one of the faculty members for The Joe Papaleo Writers' Workshop in Cetara, Italy.  Here was my response:

"I am looking forward to working closely with the students on their projects—the new work they generate during workshop and also the ideas they come in with for pieces and projects that are still percolating. Along with the other faculty, I hope to cultivate a supportive and nourishing community. And, yes, I am excited for gelato and Italian sunsets, too."

With the first workshop behind us now, here's my take: 

"New work was generated and older work reviewed, hundreds of percolating ideas surfaced, there was unending support and nourishment between all participants--students, faculty, staff and even our new Cetarese friends including shopkeepers, merchants, restaurant owners and fisherman. We bonded and nudged one another to step in and out of our comfort zones only to find gems of material that eventually made it to the page.  There were trips to exquisite coastal towns and beauty in the very, very everyday texture of Southern Italian life.  In essence, there was story making material everywhere we looked.  (Especially in the gelato and sunsets!)"