Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Summer Literary Seminar in St. Petersburg

Ten years ago, Mikhail Iossel founded a summer writing program in St. Petersburg, Russia, and it's still going strong, despite the downturn in the dollar, the uptick in prices in Mother Russia, and the general mayhem of summer writing program offerings. Having participated in the program, I can affirm that it's an exciting and often life-altering experience, because it takes everyone out of their static comfort zone. If you're a writer, and have the ability to do a summer seminar, I highly recommend this one, which is to my mind far more generative, far more globalist in its outlook, and far less hierarchical than some of the other, bigger brand name programs (you know who you are, Big Workshop of the Exclusionary Cocktail Parties).

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