Go to DISQUIET 2015 (details forthcoming), and then retire in the Algarve!
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In Portugal, everyone goes naked, on and off the beaches. By this I mean that what I found at Disquiet were people, not writers, not speakers, not editors, not panels. Over two very potent weeks, I got a chance to see my colleagues up close for who they really were and not for their titles. I heard their work, broke Pao de Deus with them, and realized that there is something alarmingly honest about Disquiet’s mission: when the time and place are right, we writers become true to ourselves, both on and off the page. I realized wasn’t just among writers at Disquiet, I was among colleagues in a shared experience of discovery.
DISQUIETer Annie Liontas writes about her experiences in Portugal this summer for South85. Lots more over here.
Disquiet 2014 rescued and ruined me: great workshops, great lectures and readings, great people. How am I supposed to get back to real life? Hugo Dos Santos, 2014 Participant
I've had an incredible time, had great conversations with good people, spent time in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and learned a lot about writing. I'll never forget it. Wes Blake, 2014 Participant
Three words for any writer looking to attend an outstanding summer conference/workshop/festival of literature, culture and art exchange: Disquiet. Lisbon. Go. Jamie Figueroa, 2014 participant