The Peripatetic offers the most generous critique in terms of page count of any conference, bar none (up to 60 pages covered in a one week workshop). Known for small, intimate groups (a maximum of 6 writers/group) and warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories, memoirs and other creative nonfiction, the workshops meet three hours daily during the week of July 14-21, 2017, for 6 sessions. Evenings, the faculty and participants gather for refreshments and engage in readings, writing exercises and discussions about writing.
Participants must mail work well in advance of the workshops and tutorials, so that they can be read by the faculty, as well as all participants. This guarantees good, thoughtful critiques, as well as frees up time for writing, rewriting and exploring the Kent area.
The workshops are based upon Martha and Maureen’s experiences leading the Peripatetic for 25 years, as well as from years of teaching writing at New York University, New York Writers Workshop and other schools and colleges. Award-winning, published authors and free-lance editors with substantial contacts in publishing, they have worked with many writers who have gone on to publish successfully.
The workshop also tackles elements of fiction and creative nonfiction, including point of view, scene, character development and dialogue. We do writing exercises related to the work at hand, for scene, character and plot development, and spend time discussing how to get one's work out into the world.
“The way (they) read people, anticipate needs, calm anxieties and listen to their stories is invaluable.”
Rick Connor, Siracusa, Sicily 2012
“Provocative and inspiring…I got so much out of the small group of intelligent people and left with incredible ideas how to proceed.”
Ann Vachon, Antigua, Guatemala 2010