Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sirenland 2009 is a smash!

The consensus among the attendees of the 2009 Sirenland Writers’ Conference is that the gathering’s third year was a great success. Held at Le Sirenuse, a five-star hotel in Positano, Italy, it included a three-hour mixed-genre (fiction and memoir) workshop each morning and readings and talks in the evenings, with plenty of time in between to work, relax, or enjoy the sights, food, and shopping in and around this lovely little Amalfi Coast village. There were nine writers in each of three workshops, led by Peter Cameron, Dani Shapiro, and Jim Shepard, the author interviewed for upstreet number one. One of the highlights of the week was a dinner at the home of Carla and Antonio Sersale, owners of Le Sirenuse, which featured an open-mic reading for the workshop participants. For further information on Sirenland, including information on how to apply for next year's conference and a slideshow of photographs by conference co-organizer Michael Maren, go to the Sirenland website.

The photo above, taken by conference co-organizer and One Story founder/ editor Hannah Tinti, shows the members of one workshop: Allison Gehlhaus, Sylvia Mann, Mary Medlin, Kabi Hartman, Robin Maguire, Jim Shepard, upstreet editor/ publisher Vivian Dorsel, Jane Percy, Eric Grunwald, and Mary Mott.

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