In my other life, I have been doing some work with Mikhail Iossel who is the founder of the Summer Literary Seminars (which you can learn more about here). St. Petersburg faculty member George Saunders said of the program: "SLS is one of the most exciting and important intellectual venues in the world right now; absolutely the most important seminar of its kind. "
Right now SLS is gearing up for summer 2009 in Vilnius, Lithuania. And consideration is being given to adding a Children’s Literature Workshop to our curriculum, in part because we have an opportunity to bring in a Newberry Award winner to teach the subject. Personally, I think it's a fantastic idea - but it would help to have a few more voices join the chorus, so if this interests you, please take the time to send a note along to Mike Spry, Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still time to apply for the 2009 summer program in Vilnius. The ‘New Prague’ is eagerly awaiting its first SLS program. It is going to be a unique literary and cultural event. Peter Cole, Dovid Katz, Phillip Lopate, Erin Moure, Darius James Ross, Antanas Sileika, Lynne Tillman, Laima Vince, Mac Wellman, and others lead a talented and enthusiastic faculty of the "general" SLS and SLS-Jewish Lithuania. The program runs July 19th to August 4th. Should you require supplemental funding please contact Programs Coordinator Mike Spry at email@example.com. The program is filling up fast, so now is the time to apply. Please visit our website here to apply.