The ancient Romans believed every place—from a street corner to an entire nation—possessed a genius loci, a presiding spirit that animated it, watched over it. Today, we are still creatures of geography. Where we are affects who we are.
That sentiment lies at the heart of this workshop. What is it about certain places that inspire, enthrall, infuriate? How can we best convey a sense of place in our writing---be it nonfiction, fiction, or even poetry?
Best-selling author Eric Weiner (The Geography of Bliss and The Geography of Genius, among other titles) will guide participants through these questions, and more, during the ten-day workshop. We’ll seek inspiration by reading, and evaluating, outstanding examples of writing that evokes a strong sense of place, from the classics to more contemporary pieces. We’ll also, of course, do plenty of writing of our own. We’ll discuss roadblocks and how best to overcome them. The workshop provides a collegial, nurturing environment, with the glorious Kathmandu Valley as our inspiring backdrop.
Please note that a portion of the proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Quilts for Kids Nepal, a microfinance project that funds education for underprivileged children and gives jobs to economically-challenged women in Kathmandu.