CULTURE

Workshops on Andros foster writers’ skills

Got a novel, short story or memoir that needs some help to get it into publishable form? Why not take it along to a writer’s workshop on the quiet Cycladic island of Andros this summer? Amalia Melis, who is working on a novel, started the Aegean Arts Circle workshops in 2003 from a need to nurture her own work in a calm supportive environment, and they’ve been a success. This summer’s instructors are Connie May Fowler and Nick Papandreou. Fowler’s most recent work, «The Problem with Murmur Lee» (Doubleday, 2005), has been chosen as Redbook’s premier book club selection. She has published a memoir, «When Katie Wakes,» and four critically acclaimed novels, including «Remembering Blue,» which was awarded the Chautauqua South Literary Award, and «Before Women had Wings,» recipient of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Buck Award from the League of American Pen Women. Fowler’s screenplay of «Before Women had Wings for Oprah Winfrey» became an Emmy-winning film starring Winfrey and Ellen Barkin. Her work has been translated into 15 languages. Fowler is the Irving Bacheller Professor of Creative Writing at Rollins College. Nick Papandreou’s «A Crowded Heart» (Picador, Penguin), short-listed for the Los Angeles First Fiction Award in 1999, was a best seller in Greece. His most recent book is «Andreas Papandreou: Life in the First Person and the Art of Political Narrative.» He won the Greek Science Fiction Award for the year 2000 and has published short stories and essays in American, Canadian and Greek literary journals. Range of genres Papandreou will lead a six-day workshop followed by an optional four-day stay to work on your writing alone (June 27 – July 7). Fowler will work with writers for a full 10-day workshop (July 11-21). Both will help writers produce new material in their chosen genre: short story, novel, memoir and creative non-fiction. Writers with manuscripts in progress as well as writers who want to start new work will be considered for both workshops. The deadline for applications is May 20. For more information: [email protected] or [email protected] circle.com.