2017 Workshop Leader: 
Linda Lappin, prize-winning poet, novelist, essayist, and travel writer

Linda Lappin is the author of The Soul of Place-A Creative Writing Workbook: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci (Travelers’ Tales 2015). She has published three novels: The Etruscan (2004, 2010, runner up in fiction at the New York Book Festival 2010), Katherine’s Wish (2008 Gold medal Ippy Awards in historical fiction, finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year), Signatures in Stone (2013, Overall Winner, Daphne Du Maurier Award).  
Her essays have been published in The Kenyon Review, the Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Rain Taxi, Writers’ Chronicle  anthologized by Seal Press, awarded the Travelers Tales/ Solas House Bronze Medal for travel writing, and the Hugh J. Luke award for the essay, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  She has held workshops at the following venues: the USAC Study Abroad Study Consortium in Italy, the Centro Pokkoli in Italy also in coordination with the Kenyon Review Italy Program and the Converse College Creative Writing Program, Rome Feltrinelli International, Paris Women’s Writing Workshop, and the English Department of Christian Albrecht University in Kiel Germany. 
She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. She was the 2016 Aegean Arts Circle workshop leader.
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Amalia Melis, Director of Aegean Arts Circle

Amalia Melis is creator and organizer of Aegean Arts Circle Writing Workshops. Her essays, short stories and other creative writing have been published in Guernica, Glimmer Train, KYSO Flash, DUCTS, Poet & Critic, Sojourner, among others. She is a freelance reporter/feature writer published in U.S. and Greek newspapers/magazines.She is an assemblage sculptor and her work has been part of group art exhibits in Vermont, U.S., Athens, Greece, Berlin, Germany. She holds an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School of Social Research, New York.