WHY JOIN

GET PUBLISHED ONLINE

All applicants are invited to publish on breathfreepress.org.

Breathe Fress Press publishes personal; cross-genre; flash; experimental; critical; travel and lyric essays.

WRITE in SPERLONGA, ITALY

The personal made global and the global made personal. Perfect for writers exploring personal; cross-genre; flash; experimental; critical; travel and lyric essay.

GET PUBLISHED in PRINT

Your Sperlonga writing published in the printed edition of the Breathe Free Press Essayist Writers Retreat Anthology.

YOU CAN EXPECT:

Breathe Fress Press publishes personal; cross-genre; flash; experimental; critical; travel and lyric essays.

NO PRESSURE.

A supportive community of peers working to complete, develop or begin a new project.

Intensive writing with unconditional support.

Total freedom to write when where and how long you want.

The opportunity to work with other essayists exploring narrative possibilities and contemplating similar challenges.

The daily sunset writers’ group (if you choose to join) in the garden or beach bar where you can sip an appertivo, discuss essayism, the writing process, publishing as a separate process, the joys and pitfalls of being a writer in the world.

True to the breathefreepress.org mission the group will be asked to consider literary resistance as a useful political/cultural tool for productive change.

Free time to write without the distraction of scheduled panels – forced networking – pitching – judgmental pronunciations.

The availability of individual and writers’ group constructive critique on your essay or manuscript.

Limitless places for inspiration, relaxation, and to write, write, write.

YOU WILL EXPERIENCE:

Sperlonga presents innumerable possibilities. The slow pace of a town immersed in antiquity. The sound of the surf to quiet distractions. Inspired concentration.

Miles of sandy “blue flag” beach to take long walks to clear brain chatter. Irresistible safe swimming to refresh insights.

Old Town, the medieval fortress on the mountaintop with grand piazzas and panoramic vistas of countryside vineyards, olive tree farms, and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Trek up the steep stone-paved incline to Old Town. Climb down to the seaside town through the maze of rough-hewn stairways covered in arched passages.

The gentle sway of masts tugging at their moorings in the town marina.

Villa Tibero at the far end of a second beach.

The ruins of Roman Emperor Tiberius’ imperial pleasure palace and famed Grotto.

The Museo Archeologico di Sperlonga housing an astounding collection of marble sculptures depicting the enchantress goddess Circe with Odysseus men turned to farm animals at her feet. The colossal sculpture of the Cyclops cursing Odysseus (Ulysses) and his crew as they prepare to blind him.

Outdoor restaurants and cafes serving authentic Italian dishes, local wine, gelato, miniature pastries and the world’s best Baba Rum.

JUNE 3-13,2018 - APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 30, 2018.

PLEASE CLICK SUBMIT to SEND YOUR APPLICATION and WRITING SAMPLE.

breathefreepress.org Breathe Fress Press publishes personal; cross-genre; flash; experimental; critical; travel and lyric essays.

The personal made global and the global made personal.

YOUR WILL STAY:

Hotel Aurora is a pleasant Mediterranean white stucco building along the edge of the town’s piazza and on the beach. The hotel offers a lovely garden, a full-service restaurant with a large terrace perfect for gazing out to sea or watching the sunset on the horizon. There is also a vast rustic conference space, and a gym.

Each participant will stay in a room with a panoramic sea view, a writing desk, and private bathroom. The day starts with a morning feast of an abundant breakfast buffet. Every room has a beach lounge and umbrella reserved for restorative breaks. Free WIFI is available throughout the hotel and guest rooms.  All amenities listed above come included in the cost of the retreat. All rooms are double occupancy. Guests who are not participating in the retreat are welcome to share your room.

ONLY EIGHT SPOTS AVAILABLE

10 SPLENDID PRODUCTIVE DAYS: Total Retreat Cost $2100.00 includes the Essayist Retreat, writers group, publication, 10 nights at Hotel Aurora with breakfast and amenities included.

ABOUT DEBORAH DI BARI

I am the publisher and editor of breathefreepress.org. Begun in November 2016 breathefreepress.org in the context of social engagement and resistance and to publish writers testing and expanding the boundaries of the essay.

The psychedelic drawings I made with colored pencils seemed the precursor for the twenty-year career I had in fashion as a designer of printed textiles and trendy clothing.

Charlotte Bronte taught me. Dickens instructed me. Hemingway and Fitzgerald enticed me. But I never considered writing before a personal jolt prompted me to enroll in my first creative writing course at NYU. My short stories are published in various literary journals. I received my MFA from The City College of New York, CUNY.

I am a hyphenated American born and raised in East Harlem, one of New York City’s cauldrons for assimilating immigrant populations. My first visit to Rome felt like my Italian working-class neighborhood lived under the watchful eye of the Italian Mafia and the Roman Catholic Church.

My second visit to Rome I went for work to pick up on the latest fashion and emerging street trends.

My third trip to Rome, before the Euro, I went for a couple of months and stayed for a couple of years.