The perfect retreat to write. Sperlonga presents writers with innumerable possibilities. The slow pace of a town immersed in antiquity. The sound of the surf to quiet distractions. Inspired concentration.

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Your Sperlonga writing published in Essayist Retreat Anthology will showcase the participants work in print.

Please submit your writing sample to join a supportive community of peers working to complete, develop or begin a new project.

Intensive writing with unconditional support and no pressure.

Total freedom to write when where and how long you want.

The opportunity to work with other essayists exploring narrative possibilities and contemplating similar challenges.

The daily sunset writers’ group (if you choose to join) in the garden or beach bar where you can sip an appertivo, discuss essayism, the writing process, publishing as a separate process, the joys and pitfalls of being a writer in the world.

True to the mission the group will be asked to consider literary resistance as a useful political/cultural tool for productive change.

Free time to write without the distraction of scheduled panels – forced networking – pitching – judgmental pronunciations.

The availability of individual and writers’ group constructive critique on your essay or manuscript.

Limitless places for inspiration, relaxation, and to write, write.

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Breathe Free Press is a literary magazine of essayism: The personal made global and the global made personal. We publish essays of resistance and cultural awareness that test patterns of perception: Essays that subvert imposed genre constraints. Challenge convention to transform and transgress meta-narratives of authority inherent in prevailing power structures. We welcome, generous, graceful conscious writing. We are equally interested in hearing from emerging and established writers.