The Sun in California
Into the Fire: The Sun Celebrates Personal Writing
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
October 25 -27, 2013
To write about ourselves in a way that touches others and reminds them
of our fundamental connectedness we must be willing to take a leap
with all our passion, fear, and longing into the fire.
Since 1974, The Sun has published the kind of brave, revealing writing
that lives up to the magazine's motto, a line from concentration-camp
survivor Viktor Frankl: "What is to give light must endure burning." We
invite you to join Sun readers, authors, and staff for a weekend of
investigating our lives through the written word. We'll discuss essays,
fiction, and poems with their authors, who will lead exercises geared to
bring forth similar elements in your own writing. Readers Writestyle
writing sessions will help get your pen moving. (You don't have to be a
writer to attend. We create a space in which people can tell their
stories from the heart.)
The weekend will conclude with editor and publisher Sy Safransky reading from his Notebook.
Of course, the best part of a Sun gathering is getting to meet everyone:
writers, staff, and other people who love the magazine and share its
compassionate, unflinching view of the world. We hope you'll join us.
The Sun is offering two full scholarships to writers who can make a
strong case that they would benefit from this retreat but are unable to
afford it. Scholarships cover lodging, meals, and tuition for the
to apply for a scholarship online.
You can also download and print a mail-in application form to complete by hand and return to us. Mail your application materials to:
Attn: Esalen Scholarships
107 North Roberson Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Application materials must be received by August 1, 2013.
We will notify applicants of our decision by September 2.
More information about the conference and scholarship here.