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June 23RD - July 4TH  2016


MICHAEL MARTONE Workshop One June 23rd-July 4th The Cross-Sectional Short Prose Workshop. Usually in creative writing workshops individual pieces of writing are critiqued one at a time, each writer and each writer's story being given full and complete individual contention.  This means in that in a traditional week to ten day session the writer will be thinking of herself or himself as a writer for one period (say 45-60 minutes) and the rest of the time will be attending the workshop as a critic, addressing the other work.

This summer, I propose a different kind of workshop that allows all the writers in the room to think like writers at all times.  The Cross-Sectional Workshop will look at all the work—the short stories, the essays, the chapters of novels or memoirs, whatever—at the same time.  The first session will look at the pieces' titles, and then also titles in general, the theory behind titling, favorite titles, the process each of the writers uses to title, etc. The second session we will look at first lines. Then first paragraphs. First pages. Middles. And finally endings.  There will be no "gag" rule. Writers will be encouraged to talk and think about process as opposed to product, and will focus both on the work in front of us as well as the larger issues of the genre in all its parts.  All that is required is for the writer to bring in one complete draft of prose writing—a story, a flash fiction, a chapter, fiction or not—he or she is willing to dissect communally.

In addition, I will meet with each writer privately (at least twice) in conference to talk about that writers work and/or the individual piece the writer is working on this summer. Also, there will be writing prompts and generative exercises for the writers to work on and discuss during the course of the workshop.

 BIO: Michael Martone's most recent books are Winesburg, Indiana, Four for a Quarter, Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover, Racing in Place:  Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, a collection of essays, and Double-wide, his collected early stories. Michael Martone, a memoir in contributor’s notes, Unconventions: Writing on Writing, and Rules of Thumb, edited with Susan Neville, were all published recently. He is also the author of The Blue Guide to Indiana, published by FC2. The University of Georgia Press published his book of essays, The Flatness and Other Landscapes, winner of the AWP Award for Nonfiction, in 2000. With Robin Hemley, he edited Extreme Fiction.  With Lex Williford, he edited The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction.  Martone is the author of five other books of short fiction including Seeing Eye, Pensées:  The Thoughts of Dan Quayle, Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List, Safety Patrol, and Alive and Dead in Indiana.  He has edited two collections of essays about the Midwest:  A Place of Sense:  Essays in Search of the Midwest and Townships:  Pieces of the Midwest.  His stories and essays have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, Story, Antaeus, North American Review, Benzene, Epoch, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, Third Coast, Shenandoah, Bomb, and other magazines.

Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He attended Butler University and graduated from Indiana University.  He holds the MA from The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University. Martone has won two Fellowships from the NEA and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation.  His stories have won awards in the Italian Americana fiction contest, the Florida Review Short Story Contest, the Story magazine Short, Short Story Contest, the Margaret Jones Fiction Prize of Black Ice Magazine, and the first World's Best Short, Short Story Contest.  His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies.

Michael Martone is currently a Professor at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996.  He has been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College since 1988.  He has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Syracuse University.


 Workshops with LINDA LAPPIN

June 24th to july 3rd 2017 and July 7th  - July 13th   2016


LINDA LAPPIN Workshops "The purpose of this workshop is to generate new ideas, material, and approaches to creative writing projects in all genres and to unlock unexplored sources of inspiration concealed in our environment.  We will be investigating our  deeper connections to places both familiar and exotic, rural and urban, natural and artificial, real and imaginary through a series of writing exercises and assignments intended to help writers conjure  the soul of place.  Some of the themes addressed will be: landscape narratives, flânerie,   pilgrimage,  deep maps and desire maps, labyrinths, childhood and sacred space,  islands and isolation, solitude and non-places, the mythic and the surreal.  The workshop is open to writers of all genres. Writers of poetry, memoir, fiction, and travel essay will particularly benefit from this approach. 

 BIO: Linda Lappin,  prize-winning poet, novelist, essayist, and travel writer is the author of The Soul of Place-A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci (Travelers’ Tales 2015).  She has published three novels:  The Etruscan (2004, 2010, runner up in fiction at the New York Book Festival 2010),  Katherine’s Wish ( 2008 Gold medal Ippy Awards in historical fiction,  finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year), Signatures in Stone (2013, Overall Winner, Daphne Du Maurier Award).  Her essays have been published in The Kenyon Review, the Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Rain Taxi, Writers’ Chronicle  anthologized by Seal Press, awarded the Travelers Tales/ Solas House Bronze Medal for travel writing, and the Hugh J. Luke award for the essay, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  She has held workshops at the following venues:  the USAC Study Abroad Study Consortium in Italy, the Centro Pokkoli in Italy also in coordination with the Kenyon Review Italy Program and the Converse College Creative Writing Program, Rome Feltrinelli International,  Paris Women’s Writing Workshop, and the English Department of  Christian Albrecht University in Kiel Germany.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa.  For more information see and"




Creative Non Fiction Writing Workshop with Essayist DAVID LAZAR



June 23RD - July 3RD

Creative Nonfiction Workshop/The Translation of Desire

When we write various forms of nonfiction—personal essay, prose poetry, memoir.  .  . we always want something. Sometimes it’s to get closer to understanding an idea, sometimes to get closer to some part of ourselves that we haven’t quite figured out. Perhaps there’s a story we need to tell that resonates in a way beyond the merely personal. We’ll explore a variety of forms and techniques for trying to use literary nonfiction as art and exploration, looking at some brief models by writers such as Wayne Koestenbaum, John Berger, Abigail Thomas, Claudia Rankine and others.

About David Lazar
David LazarDavid Lazar was born in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, New York. He went to Bennington College and did graduate degrees at Stanford and Syracuse and his Ph.D. at the University of Houston, working with Hayden Carruth, Phillip Booth, Ray Carver and Phillip Lopate.

His books include Occasional Desire from the University of Nebraska Press, The Body of Brooklynand Truth in Nonfiction, both University of Iowa Press, Powder Town, published by Pecan Grove,Michael Powell: Interviews and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher, both University of Mississippi Press. Forthcoming are After Montaigne from the University of Georgia Press, Who’s Afraid of Helen of Troy from Etruscan Press, and  Essaying the Essay from Welcome Table Press.

His essays and prose poems have appeared widely in anthologies such as Bending Genres,Understanding the Essay, Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction and Sentence’s An Introduction to the Prose Poem, and magazines such as Gulf Coast, Black Clock, Sentence,Denver Quarterly, Best of the Prose Poem, and Southwest Review. Five of his essays have been “Notable Essays of the Year” according to Best American Essays.

David LazarHe created the undergraduate and Ph.D. programs in Nonfiction Writing at Ohio University, and directed the creation of the undergraduate and M.F.A. programs in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago. He is the founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika, now in its thirteenth year. He lives in Chicago with his son, Delmore.

Visit DavidEssays@twitter, or view a gallery some of the anthologies he’s published in.


2013 and 2014


June 25th  - July 4th

Workshop description: includes  lectures, in-depth critique and discussion of the participants’ writing, generative exercises with writing prompts, and informal Q&A discussions during which participants will be welcome to pose whatever questions about writing they wish – process as well as the practical matters of being a writer.

Some of the topics of lectures and generative exercises will include themes from Kennedy’s book about writing, Realism & Other Illusions, Essays on the Craft of Fiction (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2001).  These will, inter alia, include:

-Realism and other illusions,

-A story’s five senses

-Torturing your sentences: on revision

-The anatomy of a sample story

-Rotations and cut-ups, a method of freeing the mind in creating

-When can you call yourself a writer?

And other topics, including a reading by Thomas E. Kennedy followed by questions and discussion.



 Biographical Note on Thomas E. Kennedy

Thomas E. Kennedy’s 30+ books include novels, story and essay collections, literary criticism, translation, and anthologies.   His most recent books are his prize-winning critically praised Copenhagen Quartet – four independent novels about the souls and seasons of the Danish capital:  In the Company of Angels (2010), Falling Sideways (2011), Kerrigan in Copenhagen, A Love Story (2013), and the forthcoming Beneath the Neon Egg (2014), all published world-wide by Bloomsbury New York and London.   In 2013, New American Press is also publishing his Getting Lucky: New & Selected Stories, 1982-2012. 

 He has published hundreds of stories, essays, and translations in such magazines as North American Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, New Letters, Epoch, Ecotone, Boston Review, The Literary Review, and many others and has won, inter alia, the Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Prize, and a National Magazine Award for an essay that was reprinted in Best American Magazine Writing, 2008.  He is Advisory Editor for The Literary Review and Absinthe: New European Writing and Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prize since 1990.

 Kennedy holds an M.F.A. from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen and teaches both fiction and creative nonfiction writing at the low residency M.F.A. program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the U.S. and U.K.  Two of his novels won an Eric Hoffer Award and another was a finalist in the Foreword Magazine Award.  He was born in the U.S. and moved to Europe when he was 30, where he now lives in Denmark.  

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Aegean Arts Circle Workshop Leader

Robert Olen Butler


Aegean Arts Circle Creative Writing Workshop: Creating Fictional Art

Robert Olen Butler

The workshop will focus on the fundamentals of the creative process for any fiction writers, beginning or advanced, who aspire to create enduring literature.  The fundamentals will have a deep relevance to other art forms, as well, including poetry and creative nonfiction.  We will address such issues as what is art; what is distinctive about the way the artist addresses the world, the inner self, and the objects to be created; and what are the essential characteristics of fiction as an art form.  I have found that the most elusive of these essentials are best explored—especially in short, intensive workshops—by my proposing an aesthetic theory of the short short story, both as a distinct art form and as a paradigm for the crucial beginning pages of any effective work of fiction, no matter how short or how long. 

Butler Interview Link:

"To love and to express it is to be vulnerable. To create works of art is to be vulnerable, and it’s hard for people to let themselves be vulnerable. Especially in this world, where the internet lets us democratically savage one another, it’s even scarier, but the courage to be an artist means also the courage to love and to express it."

So says Robert Olen Butler in this candid interview with Emily Alford.

Visit Robert Olen Butler’s website:


Aegean Arts Circle Workshop Leader

Natalie Bakopoulos






Natalie Bakopoulos received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan, where she now teaches. She is completing her first novel, set in Athens, Greece, during the military dictatorship of 1967–1974. A portion of this novel-in-progress won an Avery and Jule Hopwood Award and a Platsis Prize for Work on the Greek Legacy, both administered through the University of Michigan. Her short fiction has recently appeared in Ninth Letter and Tin House and has twice been a finalist in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. She is a regular contributor to Fiction Writers Review (





Aegean Arts Circle Workshop Leader and Guest Writer



Elissa Raffa holds an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Minnesota, and has taught writing and theater arts to Young people and adults for many years.  Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in several anthologies and literary magazines in the U.S., and her writing for the theater produced on several U.S. stages including the Walker Art Center.  Her first novel, Freeing Vera, was published by the Permanent Press of Sag Harbor, New York in 2005.  As a work-in-progress, Freeing Vera won fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Astraea Foundation, the University of Minnesota, Hedgebrook, and the Puffin Foundation.  Ms. Raffa is also a high school chemistry teacher and Dean of Academic Programming at Minnesota Online High School.  She lives most of each year in Greece and the remainder in the Twin Cities.  She is currently working on Speech Acts, a new novel. 




Aegean Arts Circle Workshop Special Guest

Adrianne Kalfopoulou


Adrianne Kalfopoulou is a writer and teacher. She is the author of a poetry collection, Wild Greens, a finalist for the Red Hen Press first book award, and a memoir Broken Greek, a finalist for a Best Books USA News award in the Women’s Life Writing category. Her second poetry collection, Passion Maps, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2010, and her chapbook, Cumulus will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2009. She is the undergraduate programs director at Hellenic American University, where she teaches.




Aegean Arts Circle Workshop

Workshop  Instructor: STRATIS HAVIARAS  


STRATIS HAVIARAS was born in Greece, where his first four books of poetry were published. He received an MFA degree in creative writing at Goddard College, and held a number of positions at Harvard University, including Curator of the George Edward Woodberry Poetry Foundation and the Henry Weston Farnsworth Room, and (Founding) Editor of Harvard Review. His books in English include two collections of poems and two novels (When the Tree Sings (short-listed for the National Book Award and named an ALA Notable Book), and The Heroic Age). Both novels were published in many languages in translation. Until 1007 Stratis Haviaras taught at creative writing at Harvard, and since 2002 he teaches and coordinates the writing workshops of The National Book Centre in Athens, Greece. He has lectured or read from his works throughout the United States. He is a member of the American Authors League, PEN New England, the Societe Imaginaire (Europe), Phi Beta Kappa of Massachusetts at Harvard, the Signet Society (Harvard), Modern Greek Studies Association, and the Greek Authors Society.


1-4. Four books of poetry in Greek, published in Athens between 1963 and 1972.

5. Crossing the River Twice, poetry, Cleveland State Univ. Press, 1976

6. The Poet’s Voice (Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, W.C. Williams, Marianne Moore, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Theodore Roethke, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath et al, 6 audiocasettes, with intro and comments, boxed, Harvard Univ. Press and Faber & Faber, 1978

7. When the Tree Sings, a novel, Simon & Schuster, 1979 (paper by Ballantine, 1980). Short-listed for the National Book Awards; received 5 film options; also published in England (Picador), and in seven other European languages.

8. The Heroic Age, a novel, Simon & Schuster, 1984 (paper by Penguin); also published in England by King Penguin, and in seven other European languages in translation.

9. The Telling (Πορφυρό και μαύρο νήμα in Greek translation), Kedros, fall 2007.

10. Vladimir Nabokov at Harvard (with Michael Milburn), 2 audiocassettes of readings by V.N., Poetry Room, Harvard, 1988.

11. Seamus Heaney at Harvard (with Michael Milburn), 2 audiocassettes of readings by S.H., Poetry Room, Harvard, 1990.

12. Millennial Afterlives, Prose Poems, Wells College Press, 2000

13. Translation of C.P. Cavafy, The Canon, Hermes, Athens, 2004. US edition to be published by Harvard Univ. Press, Fall, 2007




Aegean Arts Circle Workshop

Workshop  Instructor: Nick Papandreou

Nick Papandreou is the author of “A Crowded Heart” (Picador, Penguin) which was short-listed for the Los Angeles First Fiction Award in 1999 and was a bestseller in its Greek incarnation. His most recent book is titled Andreas Papandreou: Life in the First Person and the Art of Political Narrative which looks at how politicians try to impose their narrative on the world. His most recent essay came out this fall (2004), in an anthology called The Genius of Language, (Pantheon). His second novel, “The Thief of Memory” is awaiting a publisher. He was won the Greek Science Fiction award for the year 2000. Short stories and essays of his have appeared in American and Canadian journals such as Antioch Review, The Literary Review, Threepenny Review, AGNI, Quarterly West, Harvard Review, Quarry, Wascana Review, The Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, Indiana Review as well as in Greek literary journals such as LEXI, and Entefktirion. Born in Berkeley, California, he has spent much of his life in North America, but now lives in Greece where he writes for a living. Though his family has kept him close to a world of politics, passion has kept him close to the universe of literature.







 July 1st -July 3rd  2006

     Aegean Arts Circle Workshop

Workshop Instructor: Beatriz Badikian


Beatriz Badikian-Gartler earned her doctorate in creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants in the language arts.   Recently, Badikian-Gartler has been a faculty member at Chicago's Roosevelt University , the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Newberry Library where she teaches literature, writing and women's studies.  Today she teaches at Northwestern University in Evanston, and was recently named one of 100 Women Who Make a Difference by Today's Chicago Woman magazine.

She is the author of:

bullet Old Gloves: A 20th Century Saga, a novel published by Fractal Edge Press bullet Mapmaker Revisited, a collection of poetry bullet Akewa is a Woman, a chapbook of poetry now in its second edition. bullet Co-editor of Naming the Daytime Moon, an anthology of Chicago women writers. bullet Contributor to the mini-anthology Emergency Tacos.

Known in Chicago as a dynamic speaker, Beatriz shares her work on the national poetry circuit and appears in galleries, bookstores, libraries and community centers through the country. She has lectured throughout the Midwest on poetry and literature, and has a deep interest in fiction, American literature of the twentieth century, multi-ethnic literatures of the United States, film theory and travel literature.

1994 Ph.D. English--Graduate concentration in Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago.

 Professional affiliations include:

Modern Languages Association
Midwest Modern Languages Association
Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.
Popular Culture Association
American Studies Association
National Women's Studies Association
National Coalition of Independent Scholars 

For more information go to: 



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July 8th- 15th  2006

Aegean Arts Circle Workshop

Workshop Instructor: June Gould


June S. Gould, Ph.D.


The Writer in All of Us: Improving your Writing through Childhood Memories, E.P. Dutton/ PlumeBooks, New York.

Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust Poetry, with Barbara Haber and Ruth Steinberg, Shadow Press, New Jersey.

Numerous Poems and Short Stories as well as an acclaimed chapter on teaching the language arts in the text, Constructivism: Theories, Perspectives and Practice, C. Fosnot, (Ed.) Teacher’s College Press, Columbia University, New York.

Workshop Leader and Keynote Speaker on Memoir Writing:

The National Council of Jewish Women, New York City

The International Women’s Writing Guild, New York City

The Guild’s Big Apple New York Conference on Writing, New York City 

Scarsdale School System, Scarsdale, New York

Columbia University Teachers of Excellence Tri-state Consortium, New York City

Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut

Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York

Bank Street College, New York City

The National Writer’s Union, Wesport, Connecticut

Private Fiction and Poetry Workshops in New York City and in Westport, CT.

Readings for Counting the Stones:

92nd Street Y, New York City

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.

The UJA Federation’s Shoah commemoration at Vassar College

The Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City,

and many other centers, libraries and ecumenical houses of worship throughout the country.

Book Club Leader: Contemporary Novels

Couples Group, Scarsdale, New York

Women’s Group, Rye, New York

Women’s Group, Norwalk, Connecticut

Couples Group, Stamford, Connecticut  

Writing Consultant K-12:

For numerous school systems in the tri state area including Westport, CT, Scarsdale, New York, and New York City.

Recent Awards:

The Westchester Holocaust Center on behalf of my novel in progress, Outside a Train is Waiting.

American Education Research Association for my written contributions in the field of writing.

Advisory Board Member

The National Women’s Museum, Dallas, Texas.


July 2008 & 2005

Aegean Arts Circle Workshop

Workshop Instructor: Connie May Fowler


Connie May Fowler is a novelist, memoirist, and screenwriter.  Her most recent work, The Problem with Murmur Lee, has been published by Doubleday in January 2005.  It has been chosen as Redbook’s premier book club selection.  In 2002 she published When Katie Wakes, a memoir that explores her descent and escape from an abusive relationship.  She is the author of four critically acclaimed novels including Remembering Blue which was awarded the Chautauqua South Literary Award and Before Women had Wings, recipient of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Buck Award from the League and American Pen Women.  Three of her novels have been Dublin International Literary Award nominees.  Ms. Fowler adapted Before Women had Wings for Oprah Winfrey.  The result was an Emmy-winning film starring Ms. Winfrey and Ellen Barkin.  Her work has been translated into 15 languages and is published worldwide.  Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The London Times, American Oxford, and elsewhere.  In October Ms. Fowler performed in the Vagina Monologues alongside Jane Fonda and Rosie Perez in a production that raised over $100,000 for two charitable agencies that aid women and children in need. 

Miss Fowler is the Irving Bacheller Professor of Creative Writing at Rollins College and is director of the college’s writing series, Winter with the Writers, A Festival of the Literary Arts.  She is a Florida native.

For more about Connie May Fowler’s published work go to:  On the Rollins  site click on the "director" cookie:



June 19th - June 29th 2004

Aegean Arts Circle Workshop

Workshop Instructor: DOROTHY ALLISON

 Dorothy Allison is the author of “Bastard Out of Carolina”  (National Book award Finalist), “Cavedweller” (American Library Association Prize), “Two or Three Things I know for Sure” (NY Times Notable Book of the Year), and “Trash” (Selection in the Best American Short Stories Collection for 2003). She has crafted a body of work praised and prized for its compassionate, provocative, sometimes bruising commitment to truth. Born in small-town South Carolina to a fifteen-year-old unwed mother and a brutally abusive father, Dorothy Allison harnessed an intensely defiant spirit to overcome years of abuse and build a major literary career. Her reputation as a teacher and workshop leader is unparalleled, and her classes, when offered, invariably fill up quickly.


Spring and Summer 2003, 2018, 2019, 2020

Workshop Instructor: KATHRYN (Kitsi) WATTERSON


Kathryn “Kitsi” Watterson, an award-winning journalist and writer, is the author of nine books, three of which are New York Times’ Notable Books. Her most recent, I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton, with a forward by Cornel West, presents stories “intrinsic to understanding the unwritten history of America.” Her books, Women in Prison, Not by the Sword, and You Must Be Dreaming, have generated documentaries, plays, songs, movies, and continuing scholarly research. Her creative writing classes at the University of Pennsylvania, as they were at Princeton University, are known for their close sense of community, laughter, personal empowerment, and engagement with the world. In addition, she sings, drums and plays percussion with an improvisational band, The Unity. She lives in the City of Philadelphia. She was the first Aegean Arts Circle workshop leader.











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