Applications for Sirenland 2012 are now open, from September 15 to Oct. 31, 2011.
Join writers Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, and Susan Orlean, along with One Story magazine March 35-31, 2012 for the Sirenland Writers Conference. Experience advanced fiction and memoir workshops in an intimate, supportive environment at one of the most beautiful five star luxury hotels in the world--La Sirenuse--in Positano, Italy.
Participation in this conference is limited to ensure individual attention and create a close, friendly community. Each day features an intensive, small group workshop with acclaimed writers Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, and Susan Orlean, as well as private time for writing, and excursions to nearby Pompeii and the Isle of Capri. Evenings will include talks about publishing and living the writer's life, with Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Karen Shepard, Susan Orlean, screenwriter Michael Maren, and Hanna Tinti (co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story), distinguished visiting authors, student and instructor readings, and fantastic meals overlooking the islands of Li Galli, formerly called the "Island of the Sirens."
To apply, writers must submit a brief statement of purpose (about 250 words) and a writing sample (no more than 7,000 words). All applications will be taken online. Due to limited participation, early application is encouraged. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011