Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Gathering - A Guest Post!

Today's guest post is written by Eve Wolfsohn from Grace Church School in support of a conference she has attended in the past.

Event: The Gathering
Dates: Friday July 18 - Sunday July 21st
Location: LaPlume, Pennsylvania 

If you’re looking for a summer conference in which you can escape to a bucolic setting within driving distance of NYC, and immerse yourself in the company of creative and compatible people, come to The Gathering at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pennsylvania.  Each day, participants are treated to a combination of writing workshops, panel discussions, lectures and performances--all of which link up with a theme.  (Past Gatherings have focused on the metaphorical meaning of food, the connection between chaos and creativity, and interpretations of “Starry Night.”)   You’ll also have time to explore the wooded trails adjacent to the campus, to meander through a real labyrinth and to wine and dine with like-minded individuals.  If you’re an amateur writer, you’ll come away with practical tips and loads of support; if you are only a “consumer” of literature, you will feel inspired and rejuvenated.  

Here are a few of the highlights that I myself experienced while attending past Gatherings:
  • Listening to Salman Rushdie and Gregory Maguire converse informally about the Fatwah, the Wizard of Oz and other scintillating topics
  • Laughing along with the charming Billy Collins as he read his poems
  • Learning from the experiences of Chris Abani, a novelist and poet whose writings were inspired by the time he spent in prison in his native country, Nigeria
  • Hearing Katherine Patterson talk about writing and the world
  • Eating food prepared by Michael Ableman, a master of sustainable agriculture

And just in case you are still not convinced that you would enjoy yourself, each Gathering culminates in a delightful outdoor brunch held at a local farm a short distance from campus.

Interested?  Check out the website or contact Eve Wolfsohn for more details.

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