Writing about place: Melody Nixon in Sicily

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Last summer our tutor and co-facilitator Melody Nixon took part in an arts residency in Sicily, Italy. She used the experience as fuel for a travel essay that explores history, food, and art making: “Four of us are here, in mid-Sicily, waiting for something that will lead us to make art. The life of Akrai […]

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Noelle Harrison Writes—Like a Runner

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Our First Days of Spring workshop tutor Noelle Harrison wrote this weekend about her novel-writing process, how it’s a lot like training for a marathon, and why so many writers give up: “Over the years, I have come across so many gifted writers who have started their books with a blaze of enthusiasm only to […]

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Get to know our tutors: Noelle Harrison on Landscape as Metaphor

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Our workshop leader and retreat co-facilitator Noelle Harrison is no stranger to impactful landscapes. She has lived and written in rural Ireland, Scandinavia, Italy, the Camargue in the south of France, and Scotland. For writing.ie she explores the power of landscape, and how it infuses her novels with imagery and metaphor.  “For me the setting of a book […]