Portugal Writing Retreat | Sense of Place | September 2023
Last September, our Portuguese partners from Escrever Escrever celebrated this “long dreamed course”, finally materialized in a six days retreat in the stunning city of Sintra. The testimonies of both Conceição Garcia (director of Escrever Escrever) & Elena Traina (tutor & EACWP individual member) give us a sheer & inspiring snapshot of the sense of friendship, creativity & joyful saudade of such a gorgeous place
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NAWE at the EACWP VI Pegagogical Conference
We are pleased to inaugurate the new academic year 2023-2024 by looking back at one of our most exciting & enriching recent events: our VI International Pedagogical Conference celebrated last spring in Madrid (May, 2023). This brilliant account by our American colleague Jocelyn Page, newly featured in the last issue of Writing in Education (The National Association of Writers in Education in the UK) is, no doubt, an inspiring reminder of the reasons to continue dreaming & writing Europe and all around
Flash Fiction Contest | European Winner 2023
After a always challenging journey, with more than 1000 texts running from the beginning of the competition, this year again, our EACWP Jury has finally come to a consensus for the final results of the sixth edition of our Flash Fiction Contest. The author representing the Dutch language (Belgium) is our 2023 winner and the author representing the Swedish language is our 2023 runner-up. Ultimately, the three authors representing Spanish, Finnish and Hebrew languages are our 2023 European finalists
Vienna Poetry School call for text submissions 2023
Our Austrian colleagues are looking for short literary texts on the topic of “pataphysics” for the magazine of the vienna poetry school #05. Texts in both English and German are welcome. The deadline for submissions is July, 30, 2023
Writing Retreat in Gran Canaria (July, 2023)
Our Spanish individual member Amaya Blanco in cooperation with our colleague Ianire Doistua (Escuela de Escritores) will offer the summer course programme Feel to Write & Write to Feel in Gran Canaria from July, 4 to 9 (2023). The course will run in Spanish, although translation assistance could be also offered for worldwide students. Do not miss the last days of registration!
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7 Writing and Artist Retreats in Europe That Accept Americans
I f you are an artist or a writer , you’ve probably struggled to find time and space to focus on your craft. Between work, kids, school, and just plain living life, it can be almost impossible to sit down with a short story idea, or find the perfect subject for your next painting when you’re at home. That’s why it can be so valuable to take some time for yourself to travel and focus on creating — and what better place to do that than Europe? Follow in the footsteps of Europe’s countless prolific writers and artists by applying for retreats and residencies that accept Americans . You’ll be able to concentrate on your creative drive and find inspiration in Europe’s beauty.
1. Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland
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The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is situated in County Monaghan, near the border with Northern Ireland, and far enough away from major cities that you won’t get distracted by tourism. A rambling, old Victorian house on a large estate, it was converted in the 1980s by the Irish government into a residential space for any kind of artist: composers, sound engineers, painters, dancers, authors, etc. Sign up for space a week at a time and make sure you book early as they fill quickly. The only caveat of your stay is that you must have dinner at 7 PM every evening with the other residents, but given the high quality of the food (which is included), this is no hardship. If you’ve stayed there once, you are always welcome back; there is no re-application process for return visitors.
2. Westfjords Residency, Iceland
Photo: The Westfjords Residency
If you like stark, remote beauty and small towns, this residency in the wilds of Northern Iceland is a perfect fit for you. Only available from September through May, the Westfjords Residency is located in a village a hair below the Arctic Circle and ringed by the stunning Westfjords Alps. The center offers cozy accommodations that include kitchens — residents are responsible for their own meals and schedules — and every resident is provided with studio workspace, which must sometimes be shared. Group residencies of less than a month are available, and transportation to and from Reykjavik is included; otherwise, residents must make their own way to Thingeyri, which is about an 8-hour drive from Keflavik Airport, assuming the roads are open. Many past residents have described their stay here as “life changing,” so if you’re up for an adventure, check out their application form, which is currently open for this upcoming autumn and winter.
3. La Muse, France
Photo: La Muse
Parts of La Muse ’s original manor house date back to the 12th century, although it has been substantially renovated and improved since then. Each of the rooms is different and they vary in size (and price) to suit your individual needs; two of the rooms have private studio workspaces included. Public spaces are shared, including a well-stocked kitchen where you will cook your own meals, and a “living library” — guests who are accepted for residency must bring two books with them for the library, so the contents are always changing and growing. There is a small French town nearby for shopping, but generally, the area is untouristed and remote enough to satisfy your need to get away. When applying, note that they accept applications for partial barter stays, which substantially reduces your costs in exchange for work around the residency. Retreats are usually booked for one or three weeks, although you may negotiate a personalized visit with the owners.
4. Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius is starting to emerge as an artist’s paradise, and Rupert wants to encourage that. This residency offers only studio space, although the building hosts some communal spaces, such as a kitchen and a common room. Along with the studio, artists are given a Mac computer, a phone with a Lithuanian SIM, and a bicycle for the duration of their stay. Stays usually begin at one month and can go for three. All residents are responsible for their own living costs and visas in that time period. All residents also receive 2 “curatorial visits” from local and international curators, who provide personalized feedback for every artist. While the listed cost is 450 EUR, at least half of the residencies are given for free thanks to the support of the Lithuanian Council for Culture and other grants. Rupert provides some transportation and living grants for some candidates, while others may receive comprehensive support and assistance in applying for external grants to fund their stay.
5. The Bothy Project, Scotland
Photo: Bothy Project
A bothy is a small-scale, off-the-grid, tiny house in the wilds of Scotland. The bothies are available for individual weeklong artist and writer retreats, and each of them has wood burning stoves for heating and cooking, access to clean water, a composting toilet, outdoor shower facilities, and a full list of amenities: clean, organic bedding, a fully-stocked kitchen, a library, and solar power. Inshriac House is in Cairngorms National Park (and is rentable by the night), while Eigg Island in the Inner Hebrides has 4 bothies available at variable weekly rates, and provides transportation to and from the island pier. Artists must bring all their own supplies, but evidence of previous residencies is scattered through each of the tiny cabins, so if you feel moved, you are welcome to leave your own work as a legacy.
6. GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany
The studios are spread over ten rooms on two floors, and each one has a sofa bed and all necessary furniture — GlogauAIR also provides extra bedding and mattresses if you have guests — as well as access to shared kitchen, bathrooms, and communal space, including a backyard and garden. Residencies are either 3 or 6 months, and artists are required to present work, as well as attend every Open Studio during the course of their residency. A three-month stay averages around 2100€, although GlogauAIR helps applicants find grants, sponsors, and other funding opportunities to reduce costs for individual artists. The facilities also offer a large Project Space, where residents and other local artists can teach workshops, do demonstrations, offer roundtable discussions, film a movie, or do whatever else they like. GlogauAIR is in Kreuzberg, a neighborhood on the former border between East and West Berlin that became known for squats, performance art, and multiculturalism after the Wall fell.
7. Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece
Photo: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (Skopart)
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Every writer’s dream is to be able to enjoy some quiet time so they can focus and get creative. But with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this is pretty hard to do. That is what makes writing retreats a great opportunity for writers to get their much-needed focus time.
If you’d like to join a writing retreat but don’t know where to start, we have got you covered! Check the retreats happening these years and prepare yourself for some quality writing time.
ACPA: 2023 Writer’s Retreat
The Clockhouse Retreats
Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
Winter On the Farm Creative Writing Retreat at ZigBone Farm
Puerto Escondido, Mexico Retreat
Winter Writers Retreat
Casa Ana Creative Writing Retreat
Island Time Writing Retreat
Write Here, Write Now
Foxes’ Writing Retreat
Centauri Arts Creative Writing Retreat
Art of Writing Retreat
Stay at Home Writing Retreat
The Rainforest Writers Village Retreat
The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored February Retreat
Stylish Writing Intensive
Gunnas Weekend Writing Retreat
Foxes’ Retreat Festival of Writing
Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat
Susan Hagens: Women’s Writing Retreat
Spring Novel Retreat
Writing on the Big Sur Coast with Laura
Himalayan Writers Retreat
Haven Writing Retreats
Mission of the Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop
Ego Break Retreat
Foxes’ Quilting Retreat
Ireland Writing Retreat
Western Caribbean Writing Retreat Cruise
Rocaberti Writers Retreat
Mission of the Writer Retreat in California
Weaving Words and Women
Writers in the Wild Blue Ridge Retreat
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The Taos Deep Dive & Revision Writer’s Retreat
Iceland Writers Retreat
Indian Summer House: Writer’s Retreat
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Paros Greek Island Retreat
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The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored May Retreat
Writing Retreat for Academics, PhD students and other professionals
Foxes’ Reiki The Awakening Retreat
Writeaway in New Mexico
A Retreat For The Senses
A Writer Within Retreat in Tuscany
The Garsdale Retreat: Developing Your Poetry
Write, Travel, Transform: Tuscany
The Writing Retreat
Valeria Vescina Writing Retreat
Memories into Memoir Writing Retreat
Paris Writers Retreat
Literature & Landscape of the Horse Retreat
Rainforest Writing Retreat
Composed Writing Retreat
The Garsdale Retreat: Untutored June Retreat
Greece Writer’s Retreat
Greece Writers Retreat
Greece’s Writer’s Retreat
AWCS Writers’ Retreat
Mountain Rise Writing Retreat
All-Genre NIP Bookcamp Workshop & Writing Retreat
Come to Your Senses Writing Retreat with Author Karen Karbo
Tuscany Writing Retreat
Open You Art Retreat
Writeaway in France
Casa Ana Novel Writing Retreat
The Garsdale Retreat: Novel Writing
Journey into Sacred Expression Retreat
Summer on the Farm Novel Writing Retreat at ZigBone Farm
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Write Away Plovdiv Retreat
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Inspiration island retreats, one perfect month to rediscover yourself and reinvent your life in an all-inclusive creative coaching retreat on an idyllic greek island, explore your passions and discover new ones at the world's most immersive & inspiring month-long creative coaching academy., experienced experts guide you in the passionate pursuit of your best self with writing, painting, and photography workshops, life-coaching sessions, yoga classes, cooking lessons and spirited and stimulating specially-prepared groups meals and social outings in paros, greece — the center of the cyclades and the heart of the aegean., apply below to join the journey: inspiration island retreats, paros, greece, march 17—april 14, 2024, reinvent, recharge, reinvigorate your creativity & revive your life.
Whether you are a writer, a painter, a working creative or just a seeker who craves a more inspired life, the Inspiration Island Retreat offers experienced creative coaches, workshops and activities all in a carefully curated community of like-minded individuals to put you on the path to living your best life.
Enhance, Engage, Discuss & Discover Your Best Self
Stop dreaming your life and start living your dreams. Surrounded by stimulating people and the stunning beauty of Paros, you'll have the opportunity to focus on yourself and your dreams. You'll participate in stirring workshops and stimulating coaching sessions with expert on-hand guidance. You'll refine your creative vision and clarify your creative goals.
Join a creative community entirely dedicated to crafting a better you
Genius germinates in groups and one of the best parts of immersing yourself in a month-long Creativity Retreat is the opportunity to be a part of a thriving creative community surrounded by people who stimulate you and share your creative vision. On a small island, eventually you meet yourself.
Inspiration Island builds a better you
When you're accepted into the Inspiration Island Retreat you'll be able to avail yourself of as many of the regular workshops as you like. No matter your primary creative focus, you'll be able to take part in any or all of the regular mentored writing, painting, and photography workshops, life & career coaching sessions, yoga classes, sailing lessons, guided island hikes, Mediterranean cooking classes, stimulating group meals, and many other group activities with all of the guidance you need to help you on your way.
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- Writing Workshops Daily
- Painting Workshops Daily
- Life, Career & Creative Coaching (group & individual sessions)
- Yoga Classes Daily
- Photography Workshops
- Guided island hikes
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- Mediterranean Cooking Classes
- Cycladic Creative Circle Sessions: Weekly breakout sessions for inspiring breakthroughs, overcoming blocks, sharing success stories and honing creative visions
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10 of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe
Want to sit quietly with your paints or handicrafts, burst into song, or use kung fu or dance to get moving? We pick holidays for nourishing your inner maker
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Dancing, Paros, Greece
Tao’s, a meditation centre on a hill overlooking the sea on the island of Paros, hosts a dance retreat each September. The style of dance is “open floor movement”, which is said to boost creativity and help people “refresh, recuperate, recharge and rejoice”. It is suitable for anyone who wants to move, regardless of age or experience. The schedule includes three hours of dancing before lunch and two hours after, optional morning meditation and time to explore the island – car hire (shared between three people) is included in the price. Guests stay at the Christiana, a simple hotel by the sea with a pool and a restaurant specialising in seafoodfish soup and lobster spaghetti. From €725 for five nights, 11-15 September, including vegetarian breakfast, lunch and car hire, taos-greece.com
Making and mending, Hampshire
A Nest of Gentle Makers is a new twice-yearly weekend retreat in Minstead in the New Forest, with a focus on gentle creativity in a relaxing environment. There are sessions with an artist and illustrator, producing drawings, collages, rubbings and prints inspired by nature; a stitching workshop, based on a Japanese patchwork technique; a guided walk in the forest; and three yoga sessions. Guests stay in heated tipis or shepherd’s huts; food is largely vegetarian and includes a barbecue and a dinner around the campfire. £370 full-board , 10-12 May and 11-13 October, anestofgentlemakers.co.uk
Photography, Sierra Nevada, Spain
Cortijo Romero has been running creative and wellness holidays in Andalucía since 1986. Courses include mindful photography, improv theatre, singing and writing; each includes 18-20 hours of teaching and learning plus morning tai chi or yoga, Spanish lessons, evening dance sessions and a full day’s excursion to the mountains for a picnic and wild swimming. Optional extras include massages, counselling and life coaching (£36 an hour). The retreat centre is in an olive grove not far from Granada. From £685 for a week’s mindful photography, 27 April to 4 May and 26 October to 2 November, including vegetarian meals, cortijo-romero.co.uk
Writing, Donegal, Ireland
The twice-yearly Ireland Writing Retreat in Gweedore, two miles inland from the stunning west Donegal coastline, offers practical, hands-on writing and editing workshops, plus talks by authors about publishing and marketing. The week includes a boat trip to the island of Gola (pictured), walks and a tour of Glenveagh national park and castle, Irish language and dance classes, and traditional music concerts. It also offers a retreat focusing on travel writing (16-22 March), and two further afield: one on the Black Sea near Mangalia, Romania (27 May-2 June), and a new retreat in Paris (14-20 October). Week from €990 B&B, 24-30 June and 23-29 September, irelandwritingretreat.com
Boatbuilding, and other crafts, Scotland
Archipelago Folkschool runs short residential craft courses in beautiful areas of Scotland. They range from a weekend spoon-carving course (£200, 10-12 May) to a week learning blacksmithing (£950, 6-13 April), both on a farm in Lochgoilhead, Argyll & Bute. Boatbuilding is the main focus, though: this year there is a “build your own sea kayak” course and a women’s boatbuilding week, both on a croft on the Isle of Mull. Accommodation ranges from tents and hostels to homestays. As well as teaching practical skills, these retreats promote participation in communities and connection with the environment. Boatbuilding from £750 , women’s course 8-15 June, sea kayaks 3-11 August, archipelagofolkschool.org
Sculpture & kung fu, the Netherlands
The Athanor Centre in Lochem, close to the German border, holds regular retreats, covering interests such as handicrafts (26-29 January) and yoga and voice (25 February to 1 March). One of the most intriguing is a “sculpting in wood and kung fu flow” retreat, designed to improve connection and imagination. The days start with kung fu flow, a kind of moving meditation, and are then spent outdoors, working with wood under sculptor Anna Hakvoort. No experience of either discipline is necessary and all tools are provided. The centre is a converted 1930s farmhouse in large grounds with features such as a modern stone circle, a labyrinth and fire pits. From £740 for five days, 20 April to 3 May, centrumathanor.nl
Arts and crafts, West Sussex
West Dean College of Arts and Conservation near Chichester holds week-long creative retreats over the summer. There are almost 30 subjects on offer, from drawing, painting and sculpting to jewellery making and photography. Each includes intensive teaching, visits to local arts venues, an optional trip to the Chichester Festival Theatre and an end-of-week party. Accommodation is in the Grade II-listed manor house, the old vicarage or an annexe in the college’s parkland. Year-round, there are also one-day workshops (such as silversmithing, £125) and three-day courses (garden design, say, £372). Summer schools from £771 (50% off for teachers), half-board accommodation from £3 78pp, 26 July-18 August, westdean.org.uk
Painting, Haute Pyrénées, France
Built in the 19th-century, L’Ancienne Poste, a luxury lodge in the lush Louron valley, is a great base for mountain biking in summer and skiing in winter. It is also the perfect setting for art retreats – the wooded valleys and soaring peaks will bring out anyone’s inner Cézanne. Tutored by Jacqueline Williams, a member of the New English Art Club , guests go walking in the mountains and painting en plein air . There are also trips to the local Balnéa Spa , drinks in front of the fire and four-course dinners with wine. From €999pp half-board for a week including art materials, courses start 31 August and 7 September, ancienneposteavajan.com
Songwriting, Cascais, Portugal
Budding songwriters can find their voice on a retreat in Charneca do Guincho, a small village near the coast west of Lisbon. Three tutors – two singer-songwriters and a producer – give workshops on writing, arranging and performing, and the retreat concludes with an evening performance for an invited audience. Morning yoga sessions are included; free time can be spent walking, surfing or horse-riding; and guests can join an optional visit to Cascais town or Sintra. The retreat is based at Guincho Wayra House, an arty hostel sleeping 14 in two private rooms and two shared rooms, a 15-minute walk from the beach. From €385 for four nights in a shared room, 6-10 February, with breakfast, lunch and two dinners, livesoundtravels.com
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The 8 Best Affordable Writing Retreats That Won’t Break the Bank
Gift a friend (or yourself) what writers want most: time, space, and a place to focus.
Networking, hustle, and industry understanding are unfortunate burdens of the life of a young and working writer. But trickier still is finding solitude. Privacy, quiet, and uninterruption are crucial to the craft; if solitude is one of the challenges of writing, it is also essential.
While residencies and fellowships are wonderful, most ask for applications and portfolios, and that can be prohibitive when you’re just starting out. Writing retreats are another means of getting away — and they can be done affordably, some even offering scholarships. Most bring together a small community of writers for a few days, so there is the opportunity for socializing and meeting the like-minded. Some involve travel to local sites or parks, or daily meetings to discuss the industry or the craft.
If you’re looking to get some peace and focus — or the best gift for your writerly friend this holiday season — here are some of the best writing retreats we found that won’t break your bank.
Wellspring House Retreat — Ashfield, Massachusetts, $260-$280/week
Retired English professor Preston Browning is the co-director of Wellspring House with his wife, author Ann Hutt Browning. The Wellspring House is run exclusively as a retreat for writers and artists, and as such is open all year: winter rates (mid-November to April 1st) are $260/week for an individual, and $290/week for a couple. Normal rates are only slightly higher: $280/week for an individual, and $310/week for a couple. You can also choose to stay just one to three nights for about $60–$90 per night. Each stay comes with access to the large living room and kitchen, along with access to one of the two common bathrooms (in total, the house hosts about six rooms). And if you’re really looking to get away, this retreat will help you do it: while the house offers modern amenities like laundry, the website warns that the house has no cell phone service.
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Retreat — Colorado Springs, Colorado, $65-$399
The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Retreat takes place in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, at the Franciscan Retreat Center. Spanning three nights, it often contains special agent and author guests — in 2018, for example, Sandra Bond from the Bond Literacy and authors Heather Webb and Corinne O’Flynn will be there, leading talks and workshops, including a Publishing AMA by Sandra Bond. Residents can choose days only ($65 total, including meals), to stay and share a bedroom with one other resident ($299 total), or to have their own private bedroom for the duration of the retreat ($399 total).
God’s Whisper Farm Writer’s Retreat — Radiant, Virginia, $195 + $25/night
At the God’s Whisper Farm Writer’s Retreat, writers stay on a farm containing goats, chickens, dogs, and cats. They can enjoy writing workshops, talks from writers, meditation sessions, open mics, and shared, home-cooked meals. All rooms have two bunks and cost $25/night, but if you want slightly more private accommodations, you can opt to stay at a nearby Airbnb or at Best Western. If you want to avoid fees altogether, there are also ten free campsites nearby. Keep in mind the $195 rate is an early bird rate; prices may go up if you book within about three months of the retreat, hosted in late June.
Kundiman Retreat, in partnership with Fordham University — Bronx, New York, $375 + $25 application fee
In partnership with Fordham University, the nonprofit organization Kundiman offers a retreat for 36 lucky participants who apply. Kundiman, according to their site, aims to nurture writers and readers of Asian American literature. Keeping with this mission, top Asian American poets and writers lead the Master Classes and manuscript consultations at the retreat. The five-day retreat also includes reading, writing circles, and informal social gatherings, with room and board included in the subsidized tuition fee. Applicants can apply to either the poetry or writing track: as part of the retreat, poetry fellows get a free consultation on a 10-page manuscript, while fiction fellows get a free consultation on a 15-page manuscript.
‘The Moth’ Retreat for Artists and Writers , Cavan, Ireland, €300, or about $355 a week
If you want to submerse yourself in history during your retreat, try crossing the pond and attending The Moth Retreat for Artists and Writers, located at a house in Cavan, Ireland. According to the retreat website, Samuel Beckett went to school just a half an hour northwest of the home, while renowned writers like Seamus Heaney and Patrick Kavanagh all lived within an hour’s drive. The house itself is completely private, and includes a large studio, kitchen, and breakfast room downstairs, and a bedroom and bathroom upstairs. Fresh eggs are provided every morning, though you are expected to furnish your own meals. If you want to bring a friend or guest, that will cost you an extra 100 euros. Need a ride to the bus station or help finding other provisions? The publishers of The Moth are nearby and ready to help, according to the retreat website.
The Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat — Reisterstown, Maryland, $550 for one week
Another solitary retreat you could try is run by The Good Contrivance Farm, and is hosted in a contemporary loft apartment in the farm’s main barn. The Good Contrivance Farm is a non-profit that aims to preserve and restore historic farms in Maryland. To apply, send in a résumé and writing sample (space is booked on a first-come, first-served basis). Once booked, you’ll enjoy private use of the apartment, which includes great views of the farm, a full kitchen, 1.5 baths, a small library, and free WiFi. You can stay up to 4 weeks, with discounted rates the longer you stay (going as low as $450 per week if you stay the full four — though add $100 a week if you plan on having a second person stay with you.) Proceeds of the retreat all go to the non-profit.
The Watering Hole Winter Retreat — McCormick, South Carolina, $299–$399
The Watering Hole Winter Retreat is focused on building community among its 42 hosted poets. The retreat has no traditional classrooms, and aims to provide more publishing opportunities for poets of color, according to its site. Facilitators and speakers include renowned National Book Award winners, MacArthur Geniuses, recipients of the NAACP Image Award, and more. Interested writers can apply with a cover letter and three poems, and the site mentions that preference is given to applicants who are members of The Watering Hole Facebook Group and those who follow the organization’s Facebook fan page. During the fellowship, writers stay at modern cabins at Hickory Knob State Park.
The Mariandale Center’s Life Writing/Memoir Retreat — Ossining, New York, $350
The Mariandale Center is a quiet spot in Ossining, New York that hosts retreats and other programs. Included in the writing retreat are daily workshops, craft discussions, writing prompts, feedback on writing, and time to work on projects. Writers can also enjoy walks near the mountains and river. For this particular retreat, which spans three nights, all meals are included, and writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome.
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There is no strict dress code in Moscow museums. However, if you are going to explore ancient churches and holy places we recommend more conservative outwear. Women should have their heads covered.
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The Moscow Kremlin
Don’t miss a chance to see the very heart of Moscow, the Kremlin, the symbol of the Russian State, one of the greatest architectural ensembles in the world, a treasury of unusual relics and monuments of art. It is situated on a high Borovitskiy hill above the Moskva River, so you’ll be able to see a spectacular view of the city center. The famous Armory Chamber and the Diamond Fund are real treasure-houses, where you can see ancient Russian regalia, ceremonial tsar’s dress, church hierarchs’ vestments, arms, gold and silverware by Russian, European and Eastern masters. The Kremlin is the official President’s residence and remains a gorgeous political landmark. The UNESCO has included the ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin in the World Heritage List.
The State Historical Museum
Ivan Zabelin, Aleksey Uvarov, and several other Slavophiles founded the State Historical Museum in 1872 to promote Russian history and national self-awareness. During its century-long history, the museum has collected more than 4.5 million of valuable items and over 12 million pages of documental archives. Its exhibitions range from relics of prehistoric tribes that lived in the territory of present-day Russia, through priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty. The museum’s historical building which was reconstructed and equipped to meet all the visitors requirements is on the Red Square.
The State Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery takes a special place among the national art museums of the world. Established with the efforts of one person, the dedicated collector Pavel Tretyakov, it possesses a unique collection of Russian art, more than 150000 masterpieces, created by famous Russian artists throughout the centuries. The historic building of the State Tretyakov Gallery at Lavrushinski Lane presents Russian art from the 11th through the early 20th century. The state Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val has an excellent collection of Russian art of the 20th century, modern art and holds temporary exhibitions.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is one the largest European museums of fine art. It has one of the most remarkable collections of fine arts in Russia that consists of artworks from ancient times to the present day. Visitors can see great paintings by world famous artists: Rembrandt, Botticelli, Canaletto, Tiepolo, along with the remarkable collections of Impressionists, Post-impressionists, modernists: Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso and others. Moreover, the museum holds the private collectors’ galleries, many of were inaccessible to public for many years.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Moscow Museum of Modern Art specializes in the modern art of 20th and 21st centuries. The famous Russian artist and sculptor Zurab Tsereteli has founded it. The museum is located in four historic buildings in Petrovka Street, Gogolevsky Boulevard, Ermolaevsky lane and Tverskoy Boulevard. The museum’s collection depicts the development of avant-garde. The largest part of the collection consists of masterpieces of Russian artists, but you can also find works by Anri Russo, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and many others.
The Moscow Planetarium
The Planetarium in Moscow first opened its doors in 1929. After a global reconstruction, it was reopened in 2011. Now it is a multifunctional complex that combines scientific and educational resources: the interactive museum «Lunarium», the Museum of Urania, the Big Star Hall and the Sky Park, family recreation center, that focuses on different age groups. The Moscow Planetarium is one of the biggest planetariums in the world.
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Exhibit on display during the opening of «Art Experiment»
The museum is a kind of independent platform aimed to disclose and reveal a new way of thinking. The Garage Center currently reflects the contemporary innovations of national and world’s culture. It invites you to the beautiful world of modern art, showing its best pieces. This center offers a great number of various exhibitions, educational projects for kids and adults, and publishing. The Garage Center is also called The Museum of Everything. It provides ways and reasons for public dialogue and the creation of progressive ideas.
The Multimedia Art Museum
Fifty Years of Bond Style Exhibition
The Multimedia Art Museum opened in October 2010 at the base of the Moscow House of Photography. One of the main principles of MAMM s work is complete openness to the new forms of visual expression and for the fresh, innovative trends in the Russian and foreign media art and photography. There are seven floors of spacious exhibition halls and minimalist architecture that is a great font for modern art. The exhibition history of MAMM and Moscow House of Photography counts more than 1300 exhibitions in Russia and abroad. Moreover, Multimedia Art Museum has different educational programs and holds famous Moscow art festivals: Photobiennale, «Fashion and Style in Photography» and others.
Lumiere Brothers Photography Center
This modern photo gallery is located in the very heart of Moscow, next to the Kremlin, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, big art galleries, design studios famous clubs and restaurants. The photography Center houses in an old and huge mansion at the Moskva River Embankment. Lumiere Brothers Photography Center has three huge exhibition rooms, lecture hall, library with an immense collection of rare books in photography and an independent bookshop. The Center is conducting research work, organizing educational projects, providing a base for the future Russian Museum of Photography.
Winzavod (Wine Factory) is the first and the biggest Center of Contemporary Art in our country. It unites all the areas of modern culture: exhibitions, festivals, lecture programs, cinema, concerts, theater premieres. You will find here a big amount of art galleries, artists’ workshops, designers and photographers studios, art cafes, fashion showrooms, a bookshop, children’s studio and many other things. The purpose of Winzavod is to support and to develop Russian contemporary art, art initiatives and help talented young people. Visiting Winzavod you will see the art that defines not only today’s but also tomorrow’s life.
The Manezh was built in 1817 in honor of the 5th anniversary of Russia’s victory in the 1812 war. Then it was called «Exerzierhaus», building, intended for military drills. The building has the unique construction – wooden structure trusses overlap the space of 44.86 square meters without any intermediate supports. After 1917, Manezh served as a garage for government vehicles. And since 1957 it has been continuously used for exhibitions and public events. In 2004, the building was severely damaged by fire. Renovated in 2005 the Manezh doubled its area. Nowadays it is one of the leading Moscow exhibition halls. There are two exhibition spaces, a conference room and a cafe on the third-floor observation deck. The Manezh hosts numerous fairs, festivals, and exhibitions.
Flacon Design Factory
Flacon Design Factory, located in the territory of a former glass factory, has become a pioneer in the revitalization of industrial zone outside the historic center of Moscow. Flacon has become a powerful launch pad for multiple cool projects, self-expression of creative individuals and carrying-out of sociocultural initiatives. No wonder that the atmosphere at Flacon entirely coincides with its motto: «Create as you please!» The Factory includes offices, co-working zone, shops, workshops, exhibition and creative projects spaces. Lectures, film screenings, fairs, design festivals, innovative exhibitions, presentations, concerts, limited actions and design community work days pass here weekly.
Artplay is near Winzavod in the former industrial space in the area Kurskaya metro station and occupies an area of 75,000 square meters. Artplay, providing a new life to carefully reconstructed factory buildings, has become an important part of the contemporary cultural landscape of the city. Artplay unites designers, architects, furniture, lighting, ceramics, decorative materials shops, involving them in cooperation with each other. Young Moscow galleries, artists’ studios, cafes, bars, bookstores, music club, school of design, theater, children’s art studio are also situated here. Three exhibition halls regularly host contemporary art exhibitions, festivals, video art, alternative music concerts, performances, film screenings, lectures and master classes.
The Center For Creative Industries «Fabrika» is an art space for non-commercial creative projects. Today it is the example of peaceful coexistence of art business, operating enterprise, production, and workplaces for talented people in Moscow. CCI Fabrika is a member of the international network of non-profit cultural centers – Trans Europe Halls. This project is a typical umbrella-center. It is developing in both ways: creating and exhibiting its cultural projects and offering workspaces for other creative groups. Here you can find art studios and workshops of design, architecture, cinema, theater, cartoon animation and contemporary music studios.
Tsaritsyno State Museum-Reserve
Tsaritsyno State Museum-Reserve is one of the largest historical, cultural, recreation and touristic complexes. Its total area is more than 700 hectares. It is an excellent combination of nature – marvelous rivers, ponds, streams, forests – and scientifically restored and renovated architectural and landscape monuments. The museum’s collection of historical items, exhibitions, and educational programs will be attractive for both national visitors and foreign tourists.
Arkhangelskoye Country Estate
Russian cultural monument is a good sublimation of the stunning beauty of a green space and luxurious collection of paintings, sculptures, unique books and pieces arts and crafts. During its long history, the estate was used as a recreation place for emperors, politicians, famous writers and poets. Today it is the finest place to have an enjoyable walk and to see the richest collection Russian art.
A unique historic place – Kolomenskoe – is situated in the picturesque surrounding over the Moscow River banks. A magnificent country estate has appeared at the lands full of legends. Archeological discoveries state that the first settlements appeared here in the VIII century. It is an ancient and uniquely formed place. Today this is a unique complex of cultural monuments of high historical value.
Sergiev Posad Museum-Reserve
Museum of Sergiev-Posad is a historical and art reserve. It is located within the unique wall of the St. Sergius Trinity Lavra. This ancient monastery gathered its treasures during centuries from the tsars, princes and boyars donations. Moreover, many art and craft items were made at Lavra’s workshops. Now, the collections of Sergiev-Posad Museum-Reserve include rare, ancient icons, Cyrillic alphabet books, medieval manuscripts, visual art items, gold and silver showpieces.
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