with Mary Hall Surface
July 19 - 26, 2022
Imagine spending a week creatively writing inspired by art and literature on Italy's exquisite Amalfi coast. And then, enjoying live classical music concerts each evening. My new program, in collaboration with the extraordinary Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, will take our close looking, wondering, imagining, and writing to a whole new level. You can also add on a studio art class, a Mediterranean cooking class, and trips to Pompeii and Capri.
Program full. Please join us in July 2023.
We'll seek inspiration in the landscape and character of a region known for attracting generations of writers and artists. We'll reflect on writings by authors such as John Steinbeck and D.H. Lawrence and paintings by artists like John Singer Sargent and M.C. Escher that capture their response to the singular beauty and culture of Amalfi, Ravello, and more. I will craft vivid prompts inspired by these writings and artworks to generate your own creative and reflective writing. We'll tour places that inspired writers and artists of the past. We'll write in gardens, lemon groves, and cafes as you respond to the landscape, architecture and art that surrounds you. We'll do an informal reading of our work, if you desire, for course participants and guests to conclude our time together.
More Program Details:
The rhythm of our days will include a daily writing workshop of 2 – 3 hours, either in the festival host-town of Maiori or in a neighboring location. Our locations may include:
In Maiori, all within easy walking distance:
A lemon grove and garden next to Hotel Reginna where the festival office is located.
A rose garden with historic fountains of Palazzo Mezzacapo where Caruso, the famous opera singer performed.
A terraced lawn on seaside bluff overlooking the water, with a bird’s eye view of the coast and an opportunity to visit noted succulent garden.
Neighboring locations, with travel by van included:
Ravello, the famous artists’ retreat in magical hillside town with breathtaking views of the coastline
Outdoor café under the medieval porticoes of Cava de’ Tirreni.
The piazza in ceramics town of Vietri sul Mare.
Writers' Studio workshops will be scheduled to accommodate add-on excursions to Pompeii and Capri, as well a studio art class and Mediterranean cooking class. You can choose to have a very full schedule on some days or to have more free time for personal writing and wanderings on other days. The daily schedule, including all writing locations, will be set once all the evening concert venues are finalized. We anticipate 2 writing sessions in neighboring locations.
Writer’s Studio participants will have the option to gather for informal reflection and sharing of work with Mary Hall and one another throughout the week. Please note that the program is not designed to offer formal critique or one-on-one workshopping of participants’ writing.
I encourage you to participate in the Optional Dinner Meal plan as that will give you the chance to enjoy engaging with the full festival community. Dinners are planned for locations convenient to each evenings’ concert, which in 2022 will feature all piano programs by the Institute’s international faculty and Young Artist Series.
Please do not make any non-refundable travel plans until you receive the “Greenlight” from us on or before April 22nd.
July 19 - 26, 2022
$2895. (7 nights of hotel + breakfast, six days of instruction with class-based excursions, two receptions, daily festival concert and festival events). Cost does not include airfare.
Optional Dinner Plan
Optional Excursions with Guide to Pompeii and Capri
Studio Art Class
Mediterranean Cooking Class