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Join an inspiring workshop leader and a small group of selected writers who will gather in Andros from all over the globe to work on their stories, read and critique each others’ writing. Write by the Sea at the AEGEAN ARTS CIRCLE WRITING WORKSHOPS in Andros

Andros is a quiet Cycladic island with little tourism making it an ideal place to slow down, get away from the daily grind to focus on new writing. Workshops are intensive and provide for a trusting space for published and aspiring writers to unfold their new stories. Aegean Arts Circle keeps each workshop small, working with award winning instructors who are committed to writing and nurturing the participants who join to work in these writing groups.  

To be accepted, please submit a writing sample and/or a brief description of a writing project you want to work on while in Andros. The goal is to produce new work and to learn from talented, inspirational workshop leaders who are masters at their craft. We work in a group each morning and then break up to have the rest of the day free until we meet up in the evening for our group dinners held on the restaurant veranda overlooking the sea. There is private time to write and refine your writing. Like last year we offer writing retreat days to be added on before or after each workshop if you want to spend more time in Andros.

Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshop


May 27th to June 6th, 2020

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If you would like more information about this year’s workshops, retreats and scholarship opportunities, please write to AAC  at:

amaliamelis@gmail.com or amalia@aegeanartscircle.com

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Aegean Arts Circle would not exist if it did not have the help of some very generous people who have given their time and talent. I am grateful to Roy Cherris, Panagiotis Spiropoulos, Argyris Paspalas, George and Frances Melis and my daughter Anna, for helping me build AAC from dream to reality.


Amalia Melis Director, Aegean Arts Circle

Amalia Melis is a journalist, essayist, and fiction writer who was born and raised in New York. She is the founder and organizer of the Aegean Arts Circle writing workshops held in Andros, Greece each summer since 2003.

Her writing has been published in Glimmer Train, Guernica, Elle, Ms., Michigan Quarterly Review, and KYSO Flash, as well as in Ducts Magazine, Hunterdon County Democrat, Leaders, National Public Television, Palm Beach Post, Poet & Critic, Sojourner, The ART Magazine, and The Melbourne Age Newspaper, among others. She has published interviews with two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, Michael Cunningham and Frank McCourt. “Immigrant Daughter,” her first short story, won second place in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers in 2002, and two of her other stories were finalists in 2005 and 2007. Her first novel is available for publication, and she’s at work on a hybrid lyrical non-fiction book about loss.

Amalia is also an artist, whose assemblage sculptures have appeared in group art exhibits in the U.S., Germany, and Greece.



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