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Wednesday, April 18, 2007


I've never been to Europe. Hard to belive, I know. I'm so worldly.

I've been researching international colonies/ conferences, but I haven't found anything that speaks to me.

Have any of you been to an international colony/ conference? Did you enjoy it?

If my colony/ conference search doesn't prove fruitful I'm thinking of spending two weeks in France, Spain, or England on my own dime next summer. Can any of you recommend any online sites for me to research European vacations?


Ivy said...

Writers' Residencies Guide is a great book but only available in the French Amazon, where I bought my copy. I don't speak French at all, so I had to muddle my way through the buying process but it's so worth it! It's bilingual, French side-by-side with English.

It's great for bedside daydreams -- Spain! Switzerland! France! Here's a review of it [in French]. Just run it through one of those translators.

Here's another blurby one: "Maison du livre et des écrivains (Montpellier). Guide des résidences d'écrivains en Europe = Writers’ residencies guide in Europe. Montpellier: Presses du Languedoc, 2003. ill.; maps. 431 p.; 24 cm. ISBN 2859982809: €20.00
“This guide lists almost 180 venues, located in 88 regions , across 27 European countries, providing accommodation for resident writers. In addition to information of a practical nature (terms and conditions, facilities), it gives a short description of the surrounding area for each venue”(back cover blurb). Arranged geographically, making the geographical index redundant. [...]"

I discovered it because Hawthornden Castle was included in the book, and I was there for my residency in 2005 when they received their complimentary copy. Highly recommended.

Laurel said...

Dude! Backchannel me on this. My mom spent 6 weeks a few years back in the south of France, doing a Petrarch class of some kind... and she goes back every summer.

So she has spent HOURS AND HOURS researching the cheapest way to do France. Seriously. She has all kinds of secrets ans tips. Cut-rate apartments in little market towns and whatnot.

Oliver de la Paz said...

I think Rigo, Eugene Gloria, Nick Carbo, Denise Duhamal, and a few other folks have been to this. Also, check the website I'm linking. There's some good info there.

Oliver de la Paz said...

URK! I meant Denise Duhamel. Not enough coffee yet. . .

Erin said...

Laurel, Eduardo,

I'm heading to France this summer. If you've got tips on how to do it cheaply, I'd welcome them.



Anonymous said...

Check your email for the link to a bunch of international colonies. The Bellagio in Italy is another. 32 poems

Anonymous said...


My friend, a visual artist, had a residency at La Napoule in southern France last year. She had a productive and remarkable time, and the residency site is a castle near the coast. You can probably find La Napoule on line.