Workshops, Courses, and Retreats

Study Italian Diaspora Culture in Rome through a Unique Summer Program
The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™ is a three-week summer program that takes place at Roma Tre University. It is designed to introduce participants (doctoral students and professors) to cultural studies of the Italian diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives and to foster development of individual projects responding to the materials covered in the series of seminars in literature, film, and the social sciences. All participants will engage in a special research project.
The program will be accepting up to twenty participants. The dates for 2022 are from June 13 to July 1, 2022.
Fellows will spend three weeks in a four-star hotel that is a ten-minute walk from Roma Tre University. Cost of room, board (breakfast and lunch), and tuition (12 Roma Tre credit hours): $3,000. Air and ground travel are additional. Click here for the application form and click here for more information on the program schedule and faculty. Scholarships of $1,500 per participant are available.
At this time, we are soliciting applications. However, given the inconsistent situation with COVID-19, we will hold off on any final decisions of the 2022 Seminar until we have approval from both Roma Tre University and CUNY. We will not, at this juncture, require a deposit upon acceptance until we have a final decision by our two home institutions.
Application Deadline—March 4, 2022


Bringing Life to Life Stories

This is a FREE ten (10) week, 1.5-hour virtual online workshop, plus printed anthology and celebration, conducted over ZOOM. Each session will meet Fridays, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (US & Canada) beginning February 18th. Concluding with a group reading on May 13, 2022. (10 workshop commitment) No previous writing experience required.



with award-winning poets, Laura Boss & Maria Mazziotti Gillan

December 9 – 11, 2016

at an English Manor House in Mendham, New Jersey

St Marguerite’s Retreat House, located in Mendham, NJ — is situated on 93 acres of wooded land with pathways for exploring the property.  This serene, beautiful setting is perfect for contemplating nature and nurturing the creative spirit.


Deposit — November 1, 2016————$300

Balance — November 15, 2016———-$125


*Total fee includes room, meals, and workshops.

*Early Bird Discount: deduct $25 if paid in full by October 20, 2016.

*Full refund will be given prior to November 18, 2016.

*Late registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Enrollment is limited.  We already have a list of people signed up for this workshop, so if you are interested, please sign up early.

Make check payable to Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

Mail to:  40 Post Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Other questions? Call (973) 684-6555 or (973) 423-2921 or email to:


Poetry Center Announces 2017 Workshops with Distinguished Poets

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The Poetry Center offers Saturday morning workshops in conjunction with the Distinguished Poets Reading Series.

Over the past 35 years, the Poetry Center’s reading and workshop series has featured poet laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, inaugural poets and others of national and international reputation, such as Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Stanley Kunitz, Billy Collins, Marge Piercy, Mark Doty, Billy Collins, Dorianne Laux, Robert Sward, Martín Espada and Richard Blanco.

All workshops take place from 10 am to 12 pm at the Poetry Center(Hamilton Club building in Paterson), which is also the site of that day’s Distinguished Poets reading in the afternoon.

Pre-registration is required and each workshop has a fee of $20. There is limited enrollment, so register early.


Download, print and submit this registration form

Poetry Workshops for Mature Adults

The Mature Adults Workshop Series, held at thePCCC Wanaque Campus, is open to adults age 50 and over.  Award-winning poets, Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss, alternate leading each workshop in the series (four meetings for fall 2016 or four meetings in spring 2017 session).  The focus is on writing narrative poetry, and sharing the work that you’ve just written in the workshop.

Pre-registration is required, and the fall 2016 or spring 2017 workshop series each have a fee of $60 for four sessions.


Maria Mazziotti Gillan is pleased to announce a poetry writing intensive workshop in Italy to be held in San Mauro, Cilento, ITALY with daily excursions and two days in Naples in June or early July, 2017.  San Mauro is located on a beautiful mountain with amazing vistas of the mountains and the sea. Maria Gillan will conduct poetry workshops each day and we will have San-mauro-cilento-Santa-maria-di-castellabatereadings as well. You can email her at if you are interested; in your email, please indicate which days/periods of time would be best for you.  If you want to bring your spouse or partner, please indicate that as well. Obviously, it is not necessary for your companion to participate in the workshops.


An Opportunity for Canadian Writers to Blossom in ItalyNew Literary Service Builds International Cultural Bridge

“At the foundation of this business lies the realization that there are a great number of talented Canadians and many literary works that do not receive the attention they deserve,” said Dr. De Gasperi, “thus missing the opportunity to be translated into another language.””At the foundation of this business lies the realization that there are a great number of talented Canadians and many literary works that do not receive the attention they deserve,” said Dr. De Gasperi, “thus missing the opportunity to be translated into another language.”SUMMERSIDE, PE | Nov 23, 2015 – Founder Giulia De Gasperi announces the launch ofRadici Translation and Wordcraft, an online literary service provider designed for writers and authors who want to reach a new audience and readership abroad.

This is where Radici Translation and Wordcraft steps in, providing a much-needed service that will make the translation proposal process transparent and affordable. With a focus on building a cultural bridge between Canada and Italy one book at a time, Radici Translation and Wordcraft offers a wide range of services tailored to the every need of authors and writers, from literary translation (English to Italian) to editing and proofreading of Italian and English manuscripts.

The literary work of yet-to-be-translated Canadian and Italian authors will be showcased through two special sections: “Literary Blossoms” features Italian authors and their works whereas “Boccioli” is dedicated to Canadian authors.

To find out more, visit

To schedule an interview write to or call (902) 954-1433