Krouna Writing Workshop
July 26-August 1, 2020
Papingo, Epirus, Greece
Six days of group workshops, craft talks, and free time to write and think, in a stunning setting of cliffs and mountains.
2020 instructors: Henriette Lazaridis and Rebecca Morgan Frank
COVID-19: At the moment, plans to hold the workshop have not changed. We have extended our deadline and will be making a decision in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.
Students will submit up to 100 pages of a prose manuscript, or two short stories, or a selection of poems. Instructors and fellow students will read the work and make notes and be ready to comment constructively during workshop. Students will each receive one full session focused on their work over the course of the six days, as well as craft talks and opportunities to discuss writing issues with the instructors and students throughout the week.
There is also the possibility of a more developmental workshop, depending on student interest.
Each day will include a morning workshop, lunch served in the courtyard, followed by free time to write. Students will convene again in the courtyard for meze appetizers and ouzo and readings and discussion while the sunset turns Astraka's cliffs a bright pink. Dinners will be on students' own in the village.
On some afternoons, there will the option for students to go on a guided walk to explore the area around the village--or keep on writing.
A mere hour's drive from the Ottoman-era city of Ioannina, Papingo is one of the most unique villages in Greece. Perched at an elevation of 3,000 feet, it is bordered on one side by the cliffs of Astraka which rise to 8,000 feet, and on the other by the open view of waves of mountains all the way to the Ionian Sea. At one corner of the Astraka cliffs is Vikos Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world for its width and length. Settled since the Byzantine period, Papingo reached its peak of prosperity in the mid-nineteenth century when its men traveled throughout the Balkans and as far as Odessa as merchants. They brought back to Papingo not only wealth and stability, but also a thirst for education and a dedication to culture that still stands behind most of Greece's lasting cultural and educational institutions. Today's Papingo looks outward to tourism and the arts. The village hosts several inns and boutique hotels, tavernas, cafes, and a library. The courtyard houses that fill the village are examples of Ottoman-era architecture, and some, like the Lazaridis house, are graced with Balkan folk art.
The houses of Papingo are built like miniature castles, with two-foot-thick walls, old rifle sights, beams to pull across their inner doors. But now they host tourists and Papingiotes alike in the grace and comfort of their distinct architecture.
Students will be lodged in one of Papingo's many good inns. The village is small enough in area that lodging will be a few steps from the Lazaridis house where workshops will take place.
Aegean Airlines has daily service from Athens to Ioannina. We will collect students from Ioannina Airport (King Pyrros Airport) after their short flight and drive them the remaining one hour to Papingo. A round-trip ticket to Ioannina from Athens costs roughly 100 Euros (approx. $130).
Tuition for the 2020 Krouna Writing Workshop is $2,500.
Admission is rolling.
Six nights accommodation in a local inn
Group workshop sessions (one per student)
Readings and informal discussions
Guided optional hikes and excursions
Lunches, Snacks, Appetizers
Round-trip transportation from Ioannina to Papingo by car
How to Apply
Send a ten-page writing sample, a description of your prior workshop experience, and a paragraph explaining why you would like to participate in the workshop to: henriette [at] henriettelazaridis [dot] com. Last date to apply: April 8, 2020.