Carol Westonauthor & teacher
Carol Weston is an author, speaker, and traveler. She lives in Manhattan and is the author of twelve books published by Knopf, HarperCollins, and Little, Brown. She's been the "Dear Carol" advice column for Girls' Life Magazine since 1994, and her book GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You has been translated into a dozen languages and is now in its fourth fully revised edition. Carol's "momoir" is From Here to Maternity, and her novel for children, "The Diary of Melanie Martin," is set in Italy. Carol has also written for many magazines from Glamour to Parents, from American Baby to American Way, from Cosmo to Cigar. She has spoken at scores of schools around the country about writing and relationships.
Carol has a B.A. from Yale in French and Spanish literature and an M.A. from Middlebury in Spanish. She'll be teaching "Writing First Person" at Middlebury College this winter.
During the retreat, Carol hopes to conduct many classes outdoors and to inspire participants to write not just from their hearts but also from their senses. We'll be in Tuscany -- What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you taste? What do you feel? She'll offer writing prompts and quiet writing times, and people will be encouraged to read their work aloud in a creative and safe atmosphere of supportive critiquing. She will offer writing advice and encouragement designed to help individuals open themselves up and let themselves write write write. She will talk about dialogue, pacing, character, voice, structure, but the goal is to enjoy the writing process and to think about the stories we each have to tell and how we can best tell them.