Scott Stavrou, BA, Georgetown University, English Literature/International Relations
Stavrou has written fiction and non-fiction for numerous publications and served as a writer, editor and consultant for numerous U.S. and European media outlets. He is the author of the award-winning travel book Wasted Away, the novel Notes on Leaving Venice, the award-winning stage play Picketing With Prometheus, as well as two optioned (Fox Searchlight) screenplays. He is the winner of the PEN Center International Imitation Hemingway Writing Award, a long time member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance. He has taught Creative Writing in both the U.S. and Europe. American born and raised, he has lived in Europe for much of the past two decades. His writing is represented by Marly Rusoff & Associates in New York.
In addition to our regular staff and mentors, each Write Away Retreat will feature specialist guest lecturers, editors and/or agents.
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Lisa Howe, BA, International Relations, University of Colorado Boulder
Lisa is Write Away Europe's Program Director and coordinates site selection, accommodation and program details and is happily always on hand with a smile and a solution whenever needed. Lisa has worked in the travel industry and international villa rental business for twenty years and has vast international experience in organizing conferences, tours, destination weddings and bespoke travel for exclusive well-known clientele in Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean. She is multilingual and her expertise in European travel, culture and regional highlights help ensure that Write Away Europe Retreats are the creative travel experience of a lifetime for all participants.
George Crane, BA, English Literature, U. of Illinois, MA, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University.
George Crane is the author of two internationally acclaimed memoirs (Bones of the Master and Beyond the House of the False Lama: Travels with Monks, Nomads, & Outlaws) published by Random House and HarperCollins, a collection of short stories, translator of poetry from Chinese, A Thousand Pieces of Snow, a collection of prose poems, Poems from the Novel, and a screenplay adaptation of Bones of the Master, which is currently in pre-production with Richard Gere attached to star and direct. His writing has been translated and published in 14 languages. In addition to his writing, he has lectured and taught Creative Writing, Literature and Film Studies in the U.S. and Europe.
Dr. Dion Nittis, BA, U. of Michigan, MA, Ph.D. in English, UCLA
Nittis' prestigious academic career includes extensive international experience, having been a Professor of English Literature at Boston University, Cairo University, a Fellow at Tufts University and a Fulbright Professor at the University of Haiti and the Literature Coordinator of the Fulbright Commission in Egypt, as well as Director of the American Section of the Lycée Marcel Roby in Paris and International Baccalaureate Coordinator for the International School of Prague. Nittis was also a founder of the Hellenic International Studies in the Arts School in Greece. His publications include four books of poetry.
Larry Francis, BA, Central College, Iowa, MA, English, Governors State University, Ph.D. Cand., English, Northern Illinois University
Larry Francis is the author of five well-received novels and the founder of the Time & Place Prize, the respected international literary award currently in its fifth year. He has worked as a journalist and editor for various publications, most notably Today Publications, and has taught writing in both the United States and Europe. He has also served as a consultant on several television and feature film projects. Francis holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in English. His newly-released fifth novel, Livers, was released in Spring 2016 and is available wherever good books are sold. He resides in France with his wife, Maria, and their three children.
GUEST LECTURER SPAIN, Tony Hawks is the international bestselling author of six books as well as a successful comedian. His international bestseller Round Ireland with a Fridge - the story of his absurd quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month... with a fridge. After being serialised on Radio 4, the book became a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller. It has sold over 900,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages. Tony will speak on Narrative Nonfiction Writiing, Humor & Writing from personal experience,
Tony has written five other books, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (also serialised on BBC R4 and shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize (2000) for non-fiction writing and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (2000), One Hit Wonderland, A Piano in the Pyrenees, and The Fridgehiker's Guide To Life. His latest book, Once Upon A Time In The West...country, tells the story of how he and his partner Fran uproot from London and settle in a small Devonian village, and attempt to integrate themselves, was released in 2015. In addition to his writing, Tony appears frequently on top television and radio programs and has been a three-time host of The British Book Awards, as well as having produced and starred in the film versions of two of his books. For further information on his books, charity efforts and movies, visit www.tony-hawks.com