Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.
– John Steinbeck
Welcome to the website of The Sirenland Writers Conference.
Applications for Sirenland 2019 open on September 15. The workshop instructors this year are Alexander Chee, Jim Shepard, and Hannah Tinti. The visiting writer is Elizabeth Gilbert.
Participation is limited to ten students in each workshop to ensure individual attention and create a close, friendly community. Each day features intensive, small group workshops with writers Alexander Chee, Hannah Tinti, and Jim Shepard, private writing time, discussions and optional writing exercises with Karen Shepard and Dani Shapiro. Evenings will include student and instructor readings, visits from guest writers, and fantastic meals overlooking the beauty of the Tirreno Sea.
Positano is nestled in the heart of the Amalfi Drive, located where the Sorrentine Peninsula bends towards the South, becoming the Gulf of Salerno. In the middle of this panoramic bay lies the Islands of Li Galli, formerly called the “Island of the Sirens” in mythological times. This magical coast can be explored by land or sea. Day trips can also be arranged to visit nearby Almafi, Ravello, Salerno, Napoli and Pompeii.
Le Sirenuse opened in 1951, when the Sersale family decided to turn their summer house in Positano into a small elegant hotel. They started with eight rooms and a large terrace overlooking the Islands of the Sirens. Fifty years later the hotel has 62 rooms with all the comforts of a five star luxury hotel without losing the atmosphere of a family home. The hotel is now managed by Antonio Sersale, who will be the official host of the Sirenland Conference.
Le Sirenuse is a five star hotel. All the rooms are full of light and decorated with a combination of antique and contemporary furniture, contrasting cool whitewashed walls. The floors are covered with colorful tiles from Vietri. Most rooms have a balcony or terrace overlooking the azure sea where at night the gentle sound of waves can be heard.
Located in the heart of the building, the original part of the house, suites can also be made up with one or two bedrooms. With vaulted ceilings, the rooms are decorated with antique furniture, handmade tiles, old master paintings and watercolors. The junior suites are spacious and luxurious, having a beautiful balcony or terrace overlooking the sea.
All rooms are individually air conditioned and equipped with mini bar, safety box and cable TV. A selection of more than 450 DVDs are available free of charge for private entertainment. Bathrooms are decorated either with colorful Vietri tiles or precious marbles. All have a shower and a whirlpool bath, and are provided with Eau D’Italie bath products, combining bergamot and magnolia and the essence of the Mediterranean.
Le Sirenuse also boasts a high class spa. Opened in July 2000, the new Aveda Concept Fitness and Beauty Center is essential and modern and was designed by the famous Italian Architect Gae Aulenti. In the Gym, Life-Fitness machines and weights come with a personal TV. Use of all gym equipment is complimentary and exclusively for the use of hotel guests. A sauna, bio-sauna, and steam room are also available free of charge to hotel guests. Body treatments, massage, and facials can be arranged with the hotel.
Le Sirenuse hosts a spectacular restaurant, La Sponda, recently awarded 1 Michelin star. Inside, bougainvillea cover the vaulted ceiling and hundreds of candles create a magical atmosphere. The cuisine is simple, fragrant and light combing the best of local and Italian flavors with international flair. Chef Gennaro Russo has taken Mediterranean cuisine to the highest levels, using choice local ingredients. And Sirenlanders get several opportunities to enjoy his handiwork.