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Past Workshops

In order to share the work a bit, the Villa Diodati workshop rotates the organization. Not only does this ensure that none of us suffers from a nervous breakdown (at least as far as the workshop is concerned), it allows us to see all kinds of lovely places throughout Europe. Our goal is to someday meet in the real Villa Diodati (Which is on the chemin de Ruth! It must be fate. Too bad the villa is a private residence ...).

The first Villa Diodati workshop (VD1)

A handful of speculative fiction writers writing in English and living in continental Europe met for the first time at Schloss Lohrbach. The workshop was organized by Ruth Nestvold, who also runs the list where dates and locations for future workshops are discussed.

The first Villa Diodati participants
The writers who participated in the first workshop were Deanna Carlyle, Nancy Fulda, John Olsen, Ruth Nestvold, Sara Genge, and Aliette de Bodard.

Here's what some of them had to say about the workshop:
  • Aliette: "Wow. I am so going to the next workshop." (read more)
  • Sara: "We spent three glorious days in a German castle with a moat and a gorgeous garden, sipping tea, coffee and wine, chatting about everything, crittin' and writin' writin' writin'!" (read more)
  • Nancy: "I met awesome people, I learned tons about the business, and I had time to write. In short, I loved it." (read more)
  • Pictures by Ruth Nestvold

The second Villa Diodati workshop (VD2)
Jaulzy, France

Villa Diodati 2 was held in April 2008 in Jaulzy, France north of Paris and organized by Aliette de Bodard.

Site for Villa Diodati 2

Participants of Villa Diodati 2 Jeff Spock, Floris Kleinje, Ruth Nestvold, Stephen Gaskell, Aliette de Bodard, John Olsen, Sara Genge, Nancy Fulda

  • Sara Genge's Report
  • Stephen Gaskell's report
  • Floris Kleinje's report
  • Pictures by Ruth Nestvold

  • Villa Diodati 3 (VD3)

    Organized by Jeff Spock and held in October 2008 near Bar sur Loup in southern France.

    Venue with mountains

    Villa Diodati 3 Back: Floris Kleinje, Steve Gaskell, Ben Rosenbaum, Sara Genge, John Olsen. Front: Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Aliette de Bodard, Ruth Nestvold, Jeff Spock, Catherine Morrison, Deanna Carlyle

  • Aliette de Bodard's report
  • Sara Genge's Report
  • Answers from the Surrealist Oracle
  • Pictures by Ruth Nestvold

  • Villa Diodati 4 (VD4)

    Organized by Stephen Gaskell and held in Markbeech, England in May 2009.

    Group Shot

    From left to right and top to bottom: Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Chance Morrisson, Aliette de Bodard, Stephen Gaskell, and Sara Genge.

  • Aliette de Bodard's report
  • Stephen Gaskell's Report
  • Villa Diodati pictures by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz


    Other pages of mine:

    Clarion West 98 | Cutting Edges: Or, A Web of Women | Joe's Heartbeat in Budapest | The Aphra Behn Page | ECHO

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