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An intense, fun-filled two week encounter with Paros and selected neighboring islands that unlocks the secret authenticity of Cycladic rural life. Journey along infrequently traveled Byzantine trails to remote villages and mountain farms, as well as ancient caves and marble quarries, historic monasteries and ruins.Unearth a humanistic island archeology beyond the textbook or tour. When not capturing your own impressions on paper or film, see how Paros's modern sculptors, artists and ceramists work to build on a continuity from ancient Greek culture, and attend evening performances of music and dance. The specially designed course allows students of Drawing and Painting, Creative Writing, and Photography, to work on their own art, while also experiencing the wonders and excitement of an historic culture.This is a multi-aspect workshop that investigates the relationship between the writer and his/her life landscape.Over the term we will read and discuss the work of writers whose travel in other lands, especially Greece, has affected, and in a significant way created the essence of their poems and prose. How does the nature of our travel to a new place impact our writing? How does the heart respond to its new environment?An ongoing element of the workshop will involve our own writing; a search for a new vantage point; adding new windows to our perspective. As a class, in a cooperative and supportive manner, we will workshop our own poems and share ideas relevant to the critical and editing process.