Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute Offers Italy Writing Exploration

What could be more inspiring than Italy’s Amalfi Coast in the summer? Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute is offering writers the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles with an exploration into writing and painting in Italy.

The seven-day excursion to Cetara, an hour’s drive from Naples, includes writing workshops led by authors Patricia Dunn and Kathy Curto, as well as afternoon painting sessions with artist William Papaleo. The program is for writers and no previous painting experience is needed.

“There is a strong bond between the realms of writing and painting. During this special week, writers will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the senses to embolden, color, and enliven their own writing acumen, said Dunn, Director, The Writing Institute, and Assistant Dean, Graduate and Professional Studies. “This exploration into the seaside palette and its many textures will unleash feelings and emotions sure to migrate to the pages each of us will write in this Italian coastal haven.”

The program was established in honor of Joseph Papaleo who died in 2004 and was an Italian American novelist and Writing Department Chairman and faculty member at Sarah Lawrence from 1960 to 1992.

Instructors Dunn and Curto will hold daily sessions including writing exercises followed by sessions with Papaleo.

Patricia Dunn received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College where she currently teaches creative writing. Her novel, Rebels by Accident, was released in December 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire. Formerly managing editor of Muslim Wakeup!, America’s most popular Muslim online magazine with over 200,000 monthly readers, her fiction has appeared in Global City Review,, Women’s eNews, The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, The Nation, and L.A. Weekly, among other publications.

Kathy Curto teaches at The Writing Institute/Sarah Lawrence College, Montclair State University (MSU), and across the metropolitan area, engaging writers of all ages. She was recently chosen to serve as one of the 2016-17 Mentors in the MSU Engaged Teaching Fellows Program. Her work has been published in the anthology, Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, and in publications including Barrelhouse, Drift, Talking Writing, Junk, The Inquisitive Eater, The Asbury Park Press, Italian Americana, VIA-Voices in Italian Americana, and Lumina.

William Papaleo is an American artist who has lived and worked in Italy for more than 25 years. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States. He has received various awards in international and juried shows in Italy and America.

Registration for the exploration in Cetara can be completed online or, if you have questions, please call 914.395.2205 or e-mail

About Sarah Lawrence College

Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, coeducational liberal arts college that consistently ranks among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country. Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, the historic campus is home to an intellectually curious and diverse community.