The Peripatetic Writing Workshop Returns To Anna Maria Island, Florida

January 9th – 16th, 2016

Now in its 25th year, The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc., an intensive program known for rigorous workshops dedicated to the nurturing and support of writers developing novels, short stories and creative nonfiction, returns to Anna Maria Island in January for the fourth time.

The PWW was founded in 1991 on Shelter Island, NY by Martha E. Hughes, who wanted to create a temporary writing community offering: A quiet place in which to write with an editor-teacher and like-minded peers for reviewing the works in progress. In the early years, it was a month-long program held once a year; now, it is held twice a year and varies in length from one to two weeks.

In keeping with its name, Peripatetic, it changes locations often, from Shelter Island and Woodstock in New York, to Achill Island, Ireland; Antigua, Guatemala; Siracusa,Sicily; Verona,Italy; and Anna Maria Island. Regardless of location, what remains the same year after year is the stimulating atmosphere and warm camaraderie created by writers living and working together for a short time, sharing their writing in workshops, in readings and in serious discussions of craft and technique.

“They gave great, individualized advice based upon our needs. It surprised me that teachers responding to other people’s writing could be so much of a teaching tool. Even within the group setting, I found the advice valuable in places where I was having difficulty, which will help me to move forward.”
Mitzi Dorton. Woodstock, NY, July 2015.

“This is truly a working writers' workshop with group critiques and exercises, which advance the work and refresh participants' skills.”
John Soebbing. AMI, Fla., Jan. 2015.

“I loved the writing assignments….a good balance between them and critiques and the interesting mix of writers.”
Judy Allen, AMI, Jan. 2014

“Everyone had constructive comments and there was a sense that we wanted everyone to succeed.”
Linda Peng, Verona, Italy, July 2014