Writers Workshop in Charleston, South Carolina, April 2011

A Writer’s Workshop
with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
April 5-12, 2011


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.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin, an award winning poet, travel writer, and novelist (Dead Love was published in September, 2010) will lead workshops especially designed for the Black history theme and Lowcountry locale. The workshop participants may also schedule two thirty-minute, private literary consultations with Linda, one at the beginning and one at the end of the week.

Framing the Day

    • Tues. 4/5 – Shadow Play: Arrival and dinner at “Home” with renowned chef, David Vagasky.
    • Wed. 4/6 – Island Secrets: Discover why Sullivan’s Island is known as the African-American Ellis Island. Dinner at “Home” (special guest Alphonso Brown, author, musician, owner and operator of Gullah Tours, and storyteller extraordinaire).
    • Thurs. 4/7 – Haunts and Haints: Enjoy a customized, personal Gullah tour of Charleston with Alphonso Brown and Karen Chandler, co-founder of the Charleston Jazz Initiative, followed by a catered lunch at Alluette’s Café. Look forward to cocktails and dinner with Nina Liu (Nina Liu & Friends Gallery).
    • Fri. 4/8 – Spirit Flows: Park Angel adventures (Charleston Parks Conservancy) here we come! Don’t forget supper at Mount Zion AME Church, topped off with a performance by The Mount Zion Spiritual Singers.
    • Sat. 4/9 – All that Jazz: Gather around the “Home” table for a Slow Food catered lunch, and conversations with local legendary jazz musicians. Karen Chandler will moderate. Saturday evening: night on the town! Choose from a variety of jazz offerings.
    • • Sun. 4/10 – From the Heart: Celebrations and gatherings with Michael Haga (Associate Dean, School of the Arts, College of Charleston) and Charleston friends.
    • Mon. 4/11 – Low Tide Revelations: Explore the Lowcountry salt marsh with “our” Captain Anton, a Coastal Geologist and gifted tour guide. Dinner savories prepared at “Home” by David Vagasky.

Workshop, private consultations, accommodations, catered events, customized tours, honorariums, transportation to and from Charleston, S.C. airport (two scheduled pick up times on 4/5 and two scheduled departure times on 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, mbrent@comcast.net 415.269.1039 or
Martha Greenway, mgreenway@ftc-i.net, 803.495.2186

VERY LIMITED SPACE. Detailed itinerary available upon request