Linda Lappin

award-winning writer and writing teacher

Linda Lappin wins the Gold Medal Nautilus Award in the category Creative Process for her new book The Soul of Place - A Creative Writing Workbook

Presentation at the Comune of Fiesole, Linda Lappin's Etruscan Places

Linda Lappin with students of her workshop at Christian Albrects University in Kiel

Prizes, Awards, Presentations, and Workshops of Note

2014 WINNER DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD for Mystery and Suspense Writing from Romance Writers of America for SIGNATURES IN STONE
2013 Publication of SIGNATURES IN STONE by Caravel Books, an imprint of Pleasure Boat Studio. "An intelligent summer mystery -- Library Journal
"Your Journey to Hell and Back" on using myth in creative writing appears in The Writer Nov. 2013 That Old Tuscan Magic , an essay from the forthcoming memoir Postcards of a Tuscan Interior nominated for a Pushcart Prize!
2012 Presentation and Workshop at the Pedagogical Conference of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs, Aleph, Paris on Katabasis Writing Your Own Myth of Descent
2012 Bronze Medal from Travelers' Tales for Pane & Pecorino travel essay on Tuscany orig Alimentum Literary Journal
2011 Honorable Mention Paris Book Festival for The Etruscan
2011 Finalist Next Generation Indie Awards, fiction category for The Etruscan
2011 Finalist Next Generation Indie Awards, historical fiction for Katherine's Wish
2011 Career Development Grant, USAC to attend the Athens Poetry Workshop
2011 Video presentation with video artist Sandra Binion for Kayak at the Confluence in honor of George Hitchcock, St Louis
2011 Soul of Place worskhop, Paris, American Women's Writing Group
2010 Presentation, "Deep Maps and the Soul of Place" at the EACWP symposium, Orivesi Finland
2010 Winner, Katherine Mansfield Essay Contest, Katherine Mansfield Society
2010 Runner up in fiction at the New York Book Festival for The Etruscan
2010 Soul of Place Workshop, Vitorichiano
2009 Presentation of Katherine's Wish at the Katherine Mansfield Society Symposium, Menton, France
2009 Winner, Expat Essay contest Transitions Abroad for " Anxieties of Otherness"
2009 Honorable Mention, Hoffer Prize in fiction for Katherine's Wish
2009 Gold Medal, IPPY Awards, historical fiction for Katherine's Wish
2008 Finalist, ForeWord Book of the Year Award for Katherine's Wish
2008 Soul of Place Workshop, Vitorchiano
2008, Presentation of Katherine's Wish Feltrinelli International, Rome
2008 Soul of Place Workshop, Paris, American Women Writers' Group
2007 Travel Writing Workshop, Feltrinelli International
2006 Presentation of The Etruscan , Santa Chiara Study Center, Castiglion Fiorentino
2006 Presentation of The Etruscan Feltrinelli International, Florence
2006 Presentation of The Etruscan Feltrinelli International, Rome
2006 Presentation of The Etruscan Bookshop Siena
2006 Presentation of The Etruscan Escape Books, Hannover, DE

Readers in Hannover toast The Etruscan at

Linda Lappin with David Applefield ( left) and Thomas E Kennedy (right)at the Geneva Writers Conference

Linda Lappin at Escape Books, Hannover

Readers in Hannover

Linda Lappin and former IWP writer, Uwe Herms (with respective spouses), meet in Berlin

Presentation of The Etruscan at Feltrinelli International, Rome

Palazzo Ravizza, Siena

Books, Essays, and More

A New Mystery Novel Set in Bomarzo published in 2013 by Caravel Books, an Imprint of Pleasure Boat Studio
Runner up in Fiction, New York Book Festival, 2010 "Haunted... vivid... entrancing"... Kirkus Reviews Click here to read reviews, watch videos, and download the free Readers' Guide for Book Groups. The revised edition is now on KINDLE
Katherine's Wish "A dazzling bit of fictional sorcery" David Lynn, editor Kenyon Review A new novel about the lives of Katherine Mansfield and her circle Gold Medal Winner in Historical Fiction, IPPY Awards
Writing Women's Lives
Essay on the life of the artist, Jeanne Hebuterne, wife of Modigliani
An essay about Katherine Mansfield

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I will be returning to Andros from June 23rd to July 3rd to lead the upcoming writers workshop at the Aegean Arts Circle. Click here for more information!
Scroll down to read a report from last year's workshop.

Linda Lappin teaching a writing workshop @ Feltrinelli International, Rome
Linda Lappin has taught literary travel writing / memoir/ creative nonfiction for the University Study Abroad Consortium Italy program . She has led Soul of Place Creating Writing Workshops for the Pokkoli Association, the Centre for North American Studies of Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, DE and for theAegean Arts Circle on the island of Andros, GR, the Converse College Summer Creative Writing Italy Program, the Kenyon Review Italy Program, the Paris Writers Workshop, and Feltrinelli International and is a Geneva Writers Group writing mentor. She has long been involved in research into the soul of place as an inspiration for creative writing projects and has twice been invited to present her work to the European Association of Creative Writing Programs at their creative writing pedagogical conferences. Her craft of writing essays and papers have been published in the Writers’ Chronicle, The Writer Magazine, Tiferet, in the Proceedings of the EACWP published by the University of Jyvaskala Finland. Her craft of writing book entitled The Soul of Place - A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci won a gold medal in the Nautilus Book Awards in the category of Creativity.

Report from Andros, July 2016
The 14th edition of the Aegean Arts Circle creative writing workshop on the Greek island of Andros, has concluded.For my "Writing and Islands" multigenre place-writing class, I had prepared a booklet of special soul of place exercises focusing on island themes, which we worked with along with basic exercises from The Soul of Place – A Creative Writing Workbook. Participants included creative writing teachers from MFA and undergraduate writing programs as well as two professional journalists, so for me as the workshop leader, it was quite demanding, and I learned a lot. Guests included a cultural anthropologist, an Italian video filmmaker, a San Francisco cartoonist and world traveler, and Diana Farr Louis, renowned food and travel writer formerly of the incomparable ( and alas, defunct) Athens News, and author of many cookbooks.
During our sessions, we explored islands and their meaning. Geographical islands and psychological ones. Islands as setting, protagonist, myth, and metaphor. The enormous gap between the popular image of islands as places of pleasure, escape, the natural life, and utopia and the bleaker,cruder reality they often are. We talked about “islomania” and insularity and what these things have meant in our lives and work.
If you'd like to see sample exercises from our 2016 workshop, please visit Ten Writing Prompts from islands are 4 writers workshop Please check back here or with for updates regarding future workshops.

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TESTIMONIALS "As we sat around the table each writer seemed a vessel for an entire universe, an abundance of memory in need of a method of making its way to the page. Linda gently draws her workshop members into a place where they attempt to capture memory as not just a flat, visual thing but a three dimensional, multi-sensory experience. Steeped in memory, the writer can render both places far away and directly in front of her. I left the session feeling full of possibility and connected to other writers who also seek meaning in the world." Virginia Ripley. L.A.

Prize-winning New York writer Dahlma Llanos, who participated in Ms. Lappin’s workshop on “The Spirit of Place,” praises the unique setting that brought the purpose of the workshop alive: “There was certainly the natural and architectural beauty of Tuscia with its winding streets and potted gardens and ancient walls. There were the scattered medieval towns of Tuscia overlooking the lakes and valleys that few American tourists get to see. But beyond that, there was a heavy sense of a different time and people, that made the location of the workshop so special. Linda's lecture on Writing the Spirit of Place was particularly helpful to me since in my journal writing I try to capture the essence of the place as well as its physical beauty. I enthusiastically encourage writers who are considering taking this workshop to do so and to be open to all aspects of the experience, a much richer one than I had anticipated.

Anna Duke Reach, assistant to the Kenyon Review, and participant in a “Soul of Place” workshop session held during the Kenyon Review workshop comments on her experience: "Centro Pokkoli is an intimate, creative space that inspired literary discussion and offered one of the most perfectly framed window views of bucolic countryside. Linda Lappin's ‘Soul of Place’ workshop offered us a moment to pause, savor and reflect upon the layers of inspiration the town offered. Many writers created new work set in the town, but imagination transformed time. The place certainly transformed all of us."

California writer, Sandy Sims, former Program Chair of the Bay Area Travel Writers association—who took part in the writing workshop led by Peter Selgin—recalls the location of Centro Pokkoli within the walls of Vitorchiano and the surrounding terrain which invoked its spirit: “ The square window of the main room of Centro Pokkoli overlooks the deep, lush gorge, where swallows glide over hazelnut trees. The view is enchanting. Linda's ‘Soul of Place,’ was fascinating. She talked of place having ‘Indwelling Spirit.’ That is spirit indwelling the land itself, and that people, unknowingly, are always communicating with this spirit. That humans are an expression of their landscape. It's good to know the history of a place to understand this indwelling spirit. I have read several pieces and books of Linda's and she captures place beautifully and deeply with details that bring a place to life. I think a full week working with her would be a major asset to anyone's writing.”

" Linda Lappin's Soul of the Place Workshop allowed me to tap into the mystery of the Etruscan landscape and culture. It was a great way to improve my writing skills in a beautiful and inspiring setting. I hope to have the opportunity to participate in the workshop again." -- --Patricia M. Mendenhall, writer, New York City, participant in the first Soul of Place Writing Workshop