Take a class with Cheryl

July 12-22, 2015

Location: Patmos, Greece
Workshop title: "The Journey is Your Story"

Cheryl Strayed will lead this ten-day salon on the Greek island of Patmos with co-leaders Brian Lindstrom, Rachel DeWoskin and Zayd Dohrn (see bios at link below). Together they'll share their wisdom and advice on the craft of writing, storytelling, and examining the role of narrative in our lives. Through lively conversations, lectures, and creative exercises, Cheryl and her co-leaders will share their experiences, insights and tips on mining one's life story to uncover universal human truths. They'll also draw upon the enlightenment that can be found in the timeless Greek myths.

The stunning landscape of Patmos is an ideal setting for this gathering. Enjoy relaxed but engaging morning talks, interactive learning experiences, small group conversation and late-night story time under the stars. There will be plenty of time to swim in the sea, get a massage, hang at a lovely beachside café, take a hike, connect with kindred spirits and explore the beguiling splendors of the island.

This one-of-a-kind salon is for accomplished, aspiring and novice writers and storytellers alike. It's also for those who simply appreciate the artistry of literary, cinematic or theatrical narratives. Join us to spark your creative juices, deepen your understanding and approach to storytelling, and soak up intellectually vibrant conversation and soulful reflection.

The salon is hosted and organized by GoodWorld Journeys, so all logistical questions should go to them at the link below.

The cost:
10 Night Island Stay & Program:
$3,450 per person, double occupancy.
See Registration for Single Supplement rate.
$300 discount for one spouse sharing room.
Airfare & transport to/​on Patmos not included.

What’s Included:
10-nights at 3-Star Hotel
Daily Breakfast
Welcome Beach Dinner Party
Program Salons
Cultural visits
Farewell Dinner

To register:
Please click the link below for registration details.

April 13-17, 2016

Iceland Writers Retreat
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

The third annual Iceland Writers Retreat will feature small workshops and panels by reknowned authors, focusing on the art and craft of writing. Through exclusive trips and talks by local writers, it will also introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary tradition. Between sessions, we’ll offer you time to find inspiration and write in an unforgettable setting as well as show you some of Iceland’s natural and cultural sites.

Over the course of the retreat, each participant will be enrolled in a total of five small-group writing workshops (max.15 participants) led by internationally acclaimed authors, a Q&A panel with all faculty, and numerous readings and social functions.

To register:
Please click the link below for registration details.

June 26th-July 1st, 2016

Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
Workshop title: Writers' Camp

Writers take over the entire Esalen campus during this annual workshop organized by Cheryl Strayed. In sessions led by each of the five distinguished faculty members (Steve Almond, Pam Houston, Alan Heathcock and Samantha Dunn Camp, in addition to Cheryl Strayed), you’ll hear lectures, do writing exercises, discuss the art and craft of prose writing, and have the opportunity to share your work in a nurturing environment that engages and challenges writers of all levels, from the novice to the advanced. Because the focus of the workshop is on generating new writing rather than critiquing manuscripts, you simply begin where you are. You can be a published writer or someone who has never written much at all. This is a fun, creative, inspiring week designed to ignite and re-ignite your passion for the stories you have to tell. Many people return year after year.

All students will be taught by each of the faculty members over the course of the 5 days of the camp. There will also be time to soak in the hot springs, hike, get massages, read books, watch the sun rise and set and relax beneath the stars.

All meals and housing (of various types/​at a range of prices) are included with the fee.
Childcare may be available on site for children under of the age of 8 for an additional fee (see Esalen web site for information about the Gazebo School).

Registration details at the link below. Register early, as this workshop fills fast. But also know: because people's plans change, there are always cancellations--many at the very last minute a day or two before the workshop begins--so don't assume you won't get in if you've been wait-listed.