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 and warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories, memoirs and other creative nonfiction, the workshops meet three hours each morning during the week of July 13-20, 2018, for 6 sessions. Late afternoons, the writers reassemble for writing exercises often tailored to individual needs. Evenings, the faculty and participants gather for refreshments, readings and discussions about writing.
The workshops tackle elements of fiction and creative nonfiction, including point of view, scene, character development and dialogue. The writing exercises often relate to the work at hand, for scene, character and plot development. We also spend time discussing how to get one's work out into the world.
Participants mail their work a month in advance of the workshops and tutorials, so that they can be read by the faculty and the participants in the workshops. This advance reading guarantees good, thoughtful critiques during the week, as well as it frees up time while we are in England for writing and rewriting and for exploring Deal, the surrounding historic sites in Kent and the beautiful countryside.
The workshops are based upon Martha's and Maureen’s experiences leading the Peripatetic for 27 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 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