Linda Lappin

award-winning writer and writing teacher

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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 24th to July 3rd to lead the summer writing workshop sponsored by the Aegean Arts Circle now in its 15th edition!

Greece is our ancestral home– we were born to its sun, sea, and islands – to its penchant for speculation, exploration, philosophy, and myth – its relentless searching for the essence of things, and its celebration of the mind, body, and senses. The great Greek myths probe the depths of our psyche to reveal the conflicts and energies that fuel our lives.

Greece is a storied territory. As Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor once claimed, you cannot walk across its terrain without tripping over some sacred spot drenched in history or myth. Each of its six thousand islands is a world unto itself. A well-spring of creativity pours from its soil. How can writers tap into that source?

Join me on the Cycladic island of Andros for a creative writing workshop sponsored by the Aegean Arts Circle for writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and literary travel writing. This multi-genre prose workshop will focus on the process of world building in our writing. How do we construct authentic, convincing worlds from words? We will be exploring identity, story, and place in fiction and nonfiction. We will also investigate a few mythic structures and patterns that have provided a rich matrix for storytelling over the eons.
Participants are invited to bring a novel chapter, personal essay, short story, travel essay, or memoir to the workshop which will be discussed during the week, addressing issues such as voice, structure, point of view, style, cohesion, beginnings, and endings.
We will work on writing prompts designed to unleash creativity and help us discover sources of inspiration and unmined material within our environment. We will draw some ideas from my new craft of writing book, The Soul of Place – A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci (Travelers Tales, 2015), winner of the gold medal in the Nautilus Book Awards in the category of creativity.

Dates: June 24th July 3rd, 2017
Fees : $2,400 (U.S.). Fees include nine night stay in a single air-conditioned room with private balcony overlooking the sea at hotel in Andros, breakfast & dinners made just for our group by hotel chef each day, van pick up/drop off Andros port-Andros Hotel, workshop fees, round trip ferry tickets Athens/Andros.
Does not include airfare to Greece.
For more information or financial arrangements, please contact Amalia Melis at
For a glimpse at previous workshop activities, see Linda’s blog at the PlymouthUniversity Place-Writing Blog
Writing Workshop Andros, Day 1, July 2016
Andros Workshop, Days 2-3
Andros Workshop, Days 4-5
For a sampling of the writing exercises we did during the workshop, see Lappin writing prompts Islands are 4 Writers

The Soul of Place–A Creative Writing Workbook
Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci
By Linda Lappin

Electrify Your Writing with the Mysterious Power of Place

“Invaluable advice for the writer and traveler, deeply thoughtful.” –Lavinia Spalding, author of Writing Away

In this engaging creative writing workbook, novelist and poet Linda Lappin presents a series of insightful exercises to help writers of all genres—literary travel writing, memoir, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction—discover imagery and inspiration in the places they love.
Lappin departs from the classical concept of the Genius Loci, the indwelling spirit residing in every landscape, house, city, or forest—to argue that by entering into contact with the unique energy and identity of a place, writers can access an inexhaustible source of creative power. The Soul of Place provides instruction on how to evoke that power.
The writing exercises are drawn from many fields—architecture and landscaping, painting, cuisine, literature and literary criticism, geography and deep maps, Jungian psychology, fairy tales, mythology, theater and performance art, occult philosophy and metaphysics—all of which offer surprising perspectives on our writing and may help us uncover raw materials for fiction, essays, and poetry hidden in our environment.
An essential resource book for the writer’s library, this book is ideal for creative writing courses, with stimulating exercises adaptable to all genres. For writers or travelers about to set out on a trip abroad, The Soul of Place is the perfect road-trip companion, attuning our senses to a deeper awareness of place.

Title: The Soul of Place–A Creative Writing Workbook:
Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci
Author: Linda Lappin
Publisher: Travelers’ Tales Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60952-103-5 • <(b>

Linda Lappin has taught Soul of Place Creative Writing Workshops in Italy: @​ the Centro Pokkoli workshops conducted by the Kenyon Review Creative Writing Workshop and the Converse College Continuing Education Dept, @​ Feltrinelli International in Rome, and for the USAC program at the University of Tuscia; in Paris for the American Women Writers Group; in Germany @​ Christian Albrechts University of Kiel. Her original Soul of Place Creative Writing exercises have been published in The Writer Magazine, Tiferet, and TEXT. Her workshops have been featured in Transitions Abroad