The new PICT Creative Writing Program was inaugurated on Friday, February 21 with a launch party at the Red Wheelbarow Bookstore. At the well-attended event, Program Director Anna Polonyi outlined the components of the program, various instructors introduced their upcoming offerings, and the gathered crowd of creative writing enthusiasts mingled over snacks and wine.
The evening began with Anna announcing the program’s aspiration: to offer writers an integrated framework of support from the inception to the submission of their creative works. In this context, workshops in fiction, poetry, and theatre will serve to spark new ideas and approaches. Write-Ins will offer spaces for concentrated writing in the company of peers. Craft Labs will help writers feeling stuck on specific technical issues. And Submitathons will offer a festive and informative context for the oft-dreaded submission of works.
As the evening progressed, other PICT instructors took the stage to introduce their contributions to the Creative Writing Program. Poet Stephanie Papa spoke on the recurring Fiction and Poetry Workshops as well as highlighting the PICT Aegean Summer School, which offers a strong creative writing component. Playwright Anton Bonnici outlined his upcoming theatre workshop, “The Craft of Master Playwrights.” And a Q&A-session gave audience members the chance to share their ideas on the future development of the program.
The evening switched to party mode after the end of the formal presentation. Wine and snacks were served, giving the large and lively audience the opportunity to mingle and chat in the extraordinary atmosphere provided by the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore.
The Creative Writing Program will start with the Write-In-PICT (WIP) and the Craft Lab, both meeting for the first time on Friday, March 6. Enrollment is open; more information on all components of the program can be found here. We look forward to welcoming you as part of this new and vibrant community!