The Program

“Everything that surrounds us becomes part of us.”
–Fernando Pessoa

The Program

The DISQUIET International Literary Program is a two-week program that brings writers from North America and from around the world together with Portuguese writers in the heart of Lisbon for intensive workshops in the art and craft of writing.

The program is premised on several beliefs: That the conversations and exchange of ideas that result from meeting writers from around the world pushes one’s own work beyond the boundaries of the self. That all writers need a community to support and sustain them. That stepping out of the routine of one’s daily life and into a vibrant, rich, and new cultural space unsettles the imagination, loosens a writer’s reflexes… To those ends: Come be DISQUIET-ed with us!

The program offers:

  • Intensive core workshops in Fiction, Memoir and Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting, and Writing the Luso Experience
  • Unique optional workshops such as The Fernando Pessoa Game, Acting for Writers, Travel Writing, Editing, and others
  • Seminars on aspects of writing craft
  • Discussions with editors from Dzanc Books, Guernica, Ninth LetterMcSweeney’s, New York Review of Books, St. Petersburg Review, and other North American and International publishers and periodicals.
  • A series of lectures on Portuguese Literature and Culture
  • Informal talks and readings with Portuguese writers
  • Literary walks such as the Pessoa Walk
  • Film screenings (which in the past have included Director Bruno de Almeida introducing his film “The Art of Amalia”; and screenwriter and actor John Frey introducing the Lisbon-based film he wrote, “The Lovebirds.”)
  • Social events in some of the most interesting and unique venues in Lisbon
  • Excursions within the city and its environs including Sintra and Cascais (some of these may require an additional fee)
  • …and more!

Our faculty and guest writers are among the most important and acclaimed writers, all of whom have reputations as great teachers of writing. DISQUIET participants work closely with faculty and guests and spend considerable time together during various program events and activities.

The DISQUIET program schedule is packed day-to-day, and it is designed such that there is something to do at almost any time of day or night—each evening is followed by gatherings at local tascas or many of the city’s terrific (and reasonably-priced) restaurants and bars. Some participants prefer to pick and choose which events they attend, opting to use more time for writing and/or exploring. All approaches are, of course, welcome.

Disquiet is open to writers of all levels and all ages. We invite you to join us for writing workshops and a unique immersion in one of the mythic literary epicenters of the world.

To get an idea of what this year’s program will be like, have a look at a previous year’s Program Guide and Schedule.