Alumni

One of the core ideas behind DISQUIET is that a community supports and sustains writers. And you’ll have plenty of time–whether it’s in workshop or on a walking tour of Cascais or over a morning coffee or a late dinner in a courtyard cafe–to get to know the many writers of all levels that come to the program.

Many lasting friendships have formed over the course of DISQUIET, sparking creative collaboration and generating new ideas. For example, Presence/Presença is a Luso-American/Luso-Canadian writers collective that formed during 2011 program and is now over 200 members strong.

Here’s what some of our past participants have to say about the program:

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Last year Disquiet for me was life changing. This year, 2012, Disquiet was life affirming. Lara Gularte, 2011, 2012, 2013 participant




This whole experience was almost too good—it’s been nearly impossible to readjust to regular life! I particularly loved how we were [...] engaged by both the academic literary establishment as well as marvelous Portuguese writers. Caitlin Myer




I am most impressed by the way program participants seemed diverse, kind, and easy to be around. But I was also blown away by the degree of preparation and welcome put into our program experience. Aisha Sloan




I adored every second of my stay in Lisbon, and the literature and culture of Portugal is my New World. It was life-changing and inspired a spate of poems. Kathleen Willard




Excellent workshops, literary excursions, film screenings, meeting writers from all around the world, and all packaged in an inviting city—what more could I ask for? Carlos Quieros




I’ve learned so much about the writing life and will be applying this new knowledge towards changing my life to accomplish the writing goals that I’ve set out. I cannot express how thankful I am for this program. Very well done. Tony Roma




Disquiet was, sincerely, one of the best experiences I have ever had. Katie Buoymaster




The program was well organized, and, most notably, the team behind it all made it easier for a young, solo traveler such as myself to feel welcome… Thank you thank you thank you for a time in my life that will remain magical forever. Marisol Benter




Overall, this was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences I’ve ever had! Melissa Ruby




It's really remarkable to me how much two weeks can change a person's life, but now I have new and important friendships in my life, new questions to ask my mother about her life in Brazil and new questions about identity to figure out for myself. Traci Brimhall


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