Ann GarvinIn Karbohemia, during our May writing retreat in Collioure, France, after one of Chef Emily’s ridiculously delicious suppers, we take our dessert and coffee/wine (but usually wine) and gather on the terrace for a discussion on craft. How do you use your senses to convey meaning? What in the heck IS a “telling” detail anyway? How are sensory details employed to create a metaphor?

This year, our Supreme Queen of Craft will be novelist, speaker, and kick ass woman, Ann Garvin.  Ann has experienced the restorative power of this part of France firsthand. She says, “Collioure seems to have been built just to nurture a writer’s energy and imagination. There’s a castle, mountains, the glittering sea, wine, sun and days that seem to go on forever. I can’t wait to return with Karen and immerse myself in the natural rhythms of the south of France with writers who want to leave it all behind and create”.  Join us in Collioure! 

Ann Garvin, Ph.D. is the USA Today Bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, The Dog Year, and On Maggie’s Watch. Her essays have been published in Writer’s Digest, USA Today, Psychology Today, The Last Word on Nothing, and and has performed several times in Listen To Your Mother & The Moth. She is a professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Miami University in their low residency Masters of Fine Arts program. She is a sought after speaker and has taught extensively in NY, San Francisco, LA, Boston, and at festivals across the country. She is the founder of the Tall Poppy Writers and The Fifth Semester where she is committed to helping writers find their voice. For more information on Ann visit her website»

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