The Journey is Your Story

July 12-22, 2015 • Patmos, Greece


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Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed will lead this ten-day salon on the Greek island of Patmos with co-leaders Brian Lindstrom, Rachel DeWoskin and Zayd Dohrn (see bios below). Together they’ll share their wisdom and advice on the craft of writing, storytelling, and examining the role of narrative in our lives. Through lively conversations, lectures, and creative exercises, Cheryl and her co-leaders will share their experiences, insights and tips on mining one’s life story to uncover universal human truths. They’ll also draw upon the enlightenment that can be found in the timeless Greek myths.

The stunning landscape of Patmos is an ideal setting for this gathering. Enjoy relaxed but engaging morning talks, interactive learning experiences, small group conversation and late-night story time under the stars. There will be plenty of time to swim in the sea, get a massage, hang at a lovely beachside café, take a hike, connect with kindred spirits and explore the beguiling splendors of the island.

This one-of-a-kind salon is for accomplished, aspiring and novice writers and storytellers alike. It’s also for those who simply appreciate the artistry of literary, cinematic or theatrical narratives. Join us to spark your creative juices, deepen your understanding and approach to storytelling, and soak up intellectually vibrant conversation and soulful reflection.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller WILD, the New York Times bestseller TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, and the novel TORCH. The movie adaptation of WILD, released by Fox Searchlight in December 2014, stars Reese Witherspoon as Strayed. WILD won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Nonfiction and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Strayed’s award-winning essays have appeared in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Missouri Review, The Sun, Tin House, The Rumpus–where she wrote the popular “Dear Sugar” advice column–and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages around the world. Strayed lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Brian Lindstrom and their two children.

Brian Lindstrom‘s award-winning documentaries tell the stories of people on the margins of society. In Kicking (1999), Finding Normal(2007), Alien Boy (2013) and other films, Lindstrom intimately chronicles the lives of prisoners, ex-cons, drug addicts, alcoholics and those with mental illness. Both Alien Boy and Finding Normal were chosen as one of the top ten films of the year by the Oregonian. He received his MFA in directing & screenwriting from Columbia University. When he isn’t making his own films, Lindstrom teaches filmmaking to at-risk youth. Brian Lindstrom’s Tedx talk, Grit & Grace, can be viewed here.

Rachel DeWoskin‘s fourth book, the critically acclaimed novel, Blind, was published by Penguin in August, 2014. DeWoskin’s memoir,Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton 2005) about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries, optioned first by Paramount for a feature film and then by HBO to be developed into a television series, for which DeWoskin co-wrote the pilot episode. She has written essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The Sunday Times Magazine of London. Her poems have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, and New Delta Review. She teaches memoir and fiction at the University of Chicago.

Zayd Dohrn was born underground and raised in New York City. His plays include Outside People (The Vineyard Theatre/Naked Angels),Want (Steppenwolf First Look), Sick (Berkshire Theatre Festival), andReborning (The Public/SPF). His work has been produced and developed across the U.S., including at Playwrights Horizons, The Atlantic Theater Co., Manhattan Theatre Club, Stella Adler Studio, Boston Playwrights’, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Royal Court Theatre of London. He is currently writing screenplays for The American Film Company, Bedlam Productions, and Vox3 Films, and developing a drama series at HBO. He teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University.