On Sunday, June 19th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guests on Sunday will be Southern Sampler Artists Colony Writers. It’s another celebration of all things Southern! Please join the writers and artists of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony as they evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in an exciting sampler of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and other delights. You don’t have to go there to be there, but if you want to be spirited away, you’ll be able to do that when you join the fun. So please listen in and find out what we all love most about the American South. “This heartfelt anthology celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony. Contributors present a cornucopia of writing, recipes, and art created in Charleston—South Carolina’s Holy City.” —Mary Edna Fraser, Charleston artist The ongoing spot on Lilycat on Stuff is scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. Left Coast Writers® are invited to participate in the
Charleston, South Carolina. April 7-14, 2014. Sample a new way of Being rooted in Gullah Geechee traditions set to African rhythms and slow Jazz beats. Meander down Creative Lane, bewitch the spirits, and open your heart to magic. Linda Watanabe McFerrin, award-winning author, and Ty Collins, playwright and educator, will be our musing guides. JACK’S HAT, a movable ritual “play” written and directed by Ty Collins, will be our performing stage. One-on-one direction on your literary and creative projects Professional guidance in literary presentation and performance Soul nourishing Lowcountry cuisine prepared by local chefs Creative interaction with the Charleston music and arts community Daily prompts designed to foster life-enhancing experiences Online publication of your stories, poems and photos inspired by the South
Sharing the Creative Journey … SSAC is proud to offer a Writing and Creative Retreat with award-winning author Linda Watanabe McFerrin Sample the language of the South, weave collective stories to be embellished in time, discover the layers, textures and hues of historical Charleston, wander in enchanting gardens, swing low to a sweet jazz beat, picnic under a canopy of live oaks, break bread with local writers, artists and musicians. One-on-one direction on your literary and creative projects: renew your spirit—stir the creative juices — walk the beaches — daily prompts designed to foster life-enhancing experiences. How It All Started . . .
©2010 by Martha Dabbs Greenway As a South Carolina native, I’ve been a sampler of fine Southern cuisine for many years, and as one of the founders of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony, I was thrilled to be sharing that cuisine with a great troupe of writers joining us for our Eat, Play, Write April writers retreat. Having set up, along with SSAC co-founder Mary Brent Cantarutti, an unusual and far ranging culinary tour, I was looking forward to dining at T.W. Graham & Company Seafood Restaurant, an eating establishment in McClellanville, South Carolina. In fact, T.W. Graham & Company is the only restaurant in McClellanville … and it is enough. We had just finished Bud Hill’s walking tour of this small coastal shrimping village with its population of only 491 and were
Eat, Play, Love: Cooking and Writing from the Heart in the Lowcountry with Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Southern Sampler Artists Colony, April 17-24, 2012 The 2012 workshop will fill up quickly, so if you if you have any interest you should let the organizers know! Welcome home! The rocking chairs beckon. Can you smell the salt air? Stir, fry, mix, mold, blend, stew, bake, roast, whip, sprinkle, dip, fold—embrace old and new friends, celebrate community, and create shared stories to be embellished in time. Event Highlights: “Marsh-to-Plate”: Cast your net with Captain Anton. Oysters, clams, crabs, redfish and flounder anyone? Dinner will feature the catch of the day. Anton will help in the preparation, and read from the book he is writing. The Dark and Light Side of Chocolate: Discover the magic of chocolate making with renown chocolatier, David Vagasky. Certified Organic Produce, Fresh and Local: A personal tour of the Joseph Fields Farm, located on Johns Island, wouldn’t be complete without supper on the banks of the nearby Stono River. Alluette, owner of Alluette’s Café, will be in charge. And don’t forget live jazz and poetry under a starry sky. Lawn Party: Brush up on your croquet game, concoct a Southern drink for the occasion, and devil some eggs. Charleston friends will join in the fun. The Spice of Life: From delicate to tangy and sweet, Sea Island Savory Herbs, located on Johns Island, has it all. A private tour will feature innovative use of heirloom herbs in the art of cooking. Stirring the Creative Juices with Cathleen O’Brien Create your very own Altered Book. Contribute to a Collective Workshop Cookbook Learn how to make fish prints with artist, Sue Wallace. Writing Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Workshop 1: Starters Workshop 2: Word Salad Workshop 3: Comfort Food Workshop 4: Toasts, Boasts, and Roasts Workshop 5: Lovely Desserts Cost of Colony Experience: Cost is $1,800 ($1,950 if paid after December 15, 2011) for a private room, and $1,600 ($1,750 if paid after December 15, 2011) for a shared room. The choice of private and separate rooms depends upon availability at time of registration. In order to assure workshop placement please send a $500 check deposit (fully refundable before October 10th) made out to Southern Sampler Artists Colony with private or shared room preference to: Mary Brent Cantarutti, 233 Santa Margarita Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901.There will be ten workshop participants; placement will be finalized in order of receipt of deposits. The company is everything! Charleston here we come! Mary Brent & Martha
SOUTHERN SAMPLER ARTISTS COLONY PRESENTS: A Writer’s Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin April 5-12, 2011 ONE SPOT JUST OPENED UP! Ready to wrap your tongue around the Gullah language and relish the dark, tangy sensations that feed the soul and lift the spirit? Want to discover a history like no other, a history bound in slavery, tempered in Lowcountry rice fields, and raised to glory in slow primal beats? Join us! Celebrate a side of Charleston that not all locals, much less tourists, know exists. We’ll stay in a charming and rambling turn-of-the century home on Sullivan’s Island, only minutes from downtown Charleston and only a block away from one of South Carolina’s pristine white-sand beaches.
The Southern Sampler Artists Colony presents: SOUTHERN SHADOW: A Writer’s Workshop with author and instructor Linda Watanabe McFerrin April 5 – 12, 2011 Charleston, South Carolina Ready to wrap your tongue around the Gullah language and relish the dark, tangy sensations that feed the soul and lift the spirit? Want to discover a history like no other, a history bound in slavery, tempered in lowcountry rice fields, and raised to glory in slow primal beats? Join us! Celebrate a side of Charleston that not many locals, much less tourists, know exists. We’ll stay in a charming and rambling turn-of-the century home on Sullivan’s Island, only minutes from downtown Charleston and just a block away from one of South Carolina’s pristine white-sand beaches. Linda Watanabe McFerrin, an award winning poet, travel writer, and novelist will lead workshop sessions especially designed for the Black history theme and lowcountry locale. The workshop also includes two thirty-minute, private literary consultations with Linda, one at the beginning and one at the end of the week. Other highlights are: Dinner at “Home” with renowned chef, David Vagasky Special guest Alphonso Brown, author, musician, owner of Gullah Tours, and storyteller extraordinaire Cocktails and dinner with Nina Liu of Nina Liu & Friends Gallery Performance by The Mount Zion Spiritual Singers Conversations with Karen Chandler of the Charleston Jazz Initiative and local legendary jazz musicians Charleston nightlife Green project with the Charleston Parks Conservancy Celebrations and gatherings with Michael Haga, Associate Dean, School of the Arts, College of Charleston Lowcountry salt marsh exploration with Captain Anton, coastal geologist and gifted tour guide Workshop, private consultations, accommodations, catered events, customized tours, honorariums, transportation to and from Charleston, S.C. airport (two scheduled pick up times for 4/5 and two scheduled departure times for 4/12), and most meals are included. Cost is $1,800 ($1,950 if paid after December 15, 2010) for a private room, and $1,600 ($1,750 if paid after December 15, 2010) for a shared room. The choice of private and separate rooms depends upon availability at time of registration. Please send check to Martha Greenway, 210 Serenity Circle, Mayesville, SC, 29104 For more information and to register, contact: Mary Brent Cantarutti, 415.269.1039 or Martha Greenway, 803.495.2186 VERY LIMITED SPACE Detailed itinerary available upon request
A series of workshops set in the South … April 13-19, 2010 Writing and Photography Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin and featured local photographers … Charleston and the South Carolina Low Country beckons! Join the organizers of the Southern Sampler Artists Colony on a journey into a place like no other—a place brushed with spirit, dipped in belonging, and brought to life in Gospel, Jazz, Blues, soul food, cooling ocean breezes, wraparound porches, and warm welcomes that begin with y’all. Relax! Let your heart open, soul sing, and spirit soar. Daily writing workshops created to enhance the Southern adventure will be led by award winning poet, travel writer, and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Linda teaches writing workshops all over the world, especially designed for the locale. There’ll also be plenty of lush photo opportunities all along the way and time for writing and quiet reflection. How It All Started . . . The Southern Sampler Artists Colony, founded in 2006 by two childhood friends—one who never left the South, and one who headed West but always knew her soul was Southern—is a haven for writers, dancers, artists, musicians and photographers who want to stir the creative pot, Southern style. Located at The Crossroads in South Carolina, a small community nestled in the Sand Hills and bordered by Black River Swamp, the colony offers workshop participants life enhancing opportunities to renew the creative spirit, explore fresh approaches to their work, and collaborate on individual and group projects. Participants in the April 2010 Writers and Photographers Workshop will stay in a charming and rambling turn-of-the century home on Sullivan’s Island, only minutes from downtown Charleston and a short walk from one of South Carolina’s pristine white-sand beaches. Accommodations are dormitory style with expansive common areas, and a wraparound porch lined with Carolina rockers. David Vagasky, a renowned chef who teaches at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, will prepare Low Country delicacies at “home” the evening of April 13th and April 19th. Breakfasts will be informal and most lunches catered and on the go. Dinners will feature acclaimed Charleston restaurants and our own home. Workshop participants will be invited to contribute to the creation of a 2011 calendar featuring image and word written gathered during the 2010 Southern Sampler experince. The colony (SSAC) has hosted three acclaimed workshops. The first two were at The Crossroads: Writers: Sampling the Sensual South in April 2007, followed by Artists: Sampling Belonging, Southern Style, in April 2008. The third workshop, Writers: Sampling the Low Country, was in Charleston, April 2009. Cost: $1,585.00 payable to Martha Greenway, 210 Serenity Circle, Mayesville, SC 29104 ($1,535.00 if paid before December 15, 2009) For more information and to register, please contact Martha Greenway, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803 495-2186 or Mary Brent Cantarutti, email@example.com, 415 269-1039. If interested, apply early. Space is extremely limited. “Thank you, thank you, thank you. I had such an enjoyable journey. I know my friends are going to tire of my constant chatting and raving of South Carolina—the people, the food, the art and most of all the soul. I sure do miss South Carolina. It is amazing how y’all got a bunch of foreigners yearning for your little piece of the world. —Cathleen O’Brien, 2008 and 2009 Workshop Participant