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 Residency for three weeks. Two of us speak partial Italian. One of us has never been to Italy. We come from Poland, Iran, America, and New Zealand. This non-touristic town is now our food, sleep, air, conversation, and confrontation…”

You can read more of Melody’s essay here at The CommonAnd be sure to register for our retreat to attend Melody’s workshop on “Memoir, Personal Essay, and Prose-Poetry: how to write nonfiction.”