Writing at Sea | Dominican Republic to Florida
Depart: Dominican Republic
Arrive: Palm Beach, Florida
Length: 10 days, 9 nights
Focus: Creative Writing, Sailing, Ecology, Snorkeling, Beach Combing
We currently have a $500 grant available towards this expedition! Please click here for more details.
“…no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.” – Rachel Carson
Would you like to join us for …
- An adventurous ocean voyage aboard a 72-foot yacht, Sea Dragon
- A nature-inspired writing journey that takes you out of your comfort zone
- Sailing between the Dominican Republic and Palm Beach, Florida
- Stopovers on secluded beaches in the Bahamas
- Discussions about incorporating place and ecology in your writing
- A writers’ retreat at sea – plenty of opportunities to write and workshop
- An exchange of ideas about solutions to pressing environmental problems
‘Writing at Sea’ offers the remarkable opportunity to expand your creative writing skills while sailing through some of the most breathtaking parts of the Bahamas. During this 10-day voyage aboard S/V Sea Dragon, you will be provided with a unique space to create new writing that cultivates an awareness of our marine environment and takes into regard the ecological challenges humans place on the oceans.
This expedition will combine facilitated discussion; hands-on sailing experience; and practical workshops on writing fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and environmental journalism.
Come aboard, and get published in Whole Terrain!
Whole Terrain, Antioch University’s award-winning journal of reflective environmental practice, will be publishing three pieces of writing from participating crew members in their online and print journals. For more information about publishing opportunities on this trip, please contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Writing at Sea’ is suitable for people of all writing levels – you can be a beginning writer, or a professional with thirty years writing experience. This is a wonderful chance for you to develop your writing with a crew of like-minded individuals, and to discover how your writing can be a powerful tool to create awareness and change.
Use crowdfunding to get on board!
Several people have successfully raised money through crowdfunding to join previous expeditions on board Sea Dragon. The possibilities for this are endless, but we have resources and a few examples available here.
Elizabeth Claire Alberts – Mission Leader
BA. Honours (English), B.S. Communications
Working for the last years as an Independent Writer, Write on travel, literature, culture, environment, politics, gender, life around me etc.
Have a knowledge about environment issues on land but am less informed about the degradation of marine life. Hoping to improve my knowledge about these issues and disseminate them as far as possible through my writings.Planning to maximise my learning curve on this trip, both through theoretical knowledge and practical exposure.
Social work background with severely mentally disabled adults. BA, MA, and MFA in creative writing. Poet Laureate of Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati 1984-1985. Wrote and produced One-Act Play: HARD NOSED, about suicide in 1991. Radio personality with weekly broadcast on NPR affiliate in Greater Cincinnati 1989-1998. Traveled for writing workshops or conferences to St. Petersburg, Russia 2000, Kenya 2004, Montreal 2010, Lisbon 2011, France, Athens, Vilnius 2012, Mexico 2013. Studied with Natalie Goldberg in Taos, Atlanta, and Villefavard, France. Created digital texts which have been shown at international conferences in London and Athens. Experienced teacher. Musician and artist.
Currently at work on novel which has chapters set on Caribbean cruise. Themes include cli-fi agitprop radio, espionage, robotics, drones, alien technology, and animism. Interested in observing natural phenomena, weather, sailing, and enjoying imaginative possibilities while on expedition. Interested in theme of “trust” as described by Elizabeth Claire Alberts. Hope to participate in creating blogs, and other nonfiction as part of the expedition. Looking for adventure in remote region.
Eric Loss – Skipper
Shanley Mcentee – First Mate
Megan Evans – Deckhand
Day 2 (April 5): A safety briefing from Skipper Eric Loss and First Mate Shanley McEntee. Then we set sail for the Bahamas! We’ll spend the afternoon learning the ins and outs of sailing aboard Sea Dragon under the expert guidance of Eric and Shanley. We’ll also keep our eyes peeled for humpback whales as we sail past their sanctuary in the Dominican Republic.
Day 3 (April 6): First day out in the open ocean! We’ll get to enjoy the wonder of 360 degree ocean views as we head deeper into the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll look out for seabirds, dolphins, and whales. This day will be an opportunity to test out our sea legs, and to get our creative writing juices flowing. We’ll put pen to paper and write about our initial observations/feelings/ideas on this first day out at sea. Tonight we’ll also commence our evening sharing sessions, which will give crew members the opportunity to share something they’ve written or observed or thought about over the course of the day.
Days 4-8 (April 7-11): As we sail towards Palm Beach, we’ll discuss the human relationship with the marine environment, and the ecological challenges humans place on the oceans, and think about ways to address these issues in our writing. We’ll explore different triggers to kick start our writing, including the use of plastic objects collected from the open ocean and shorelines. We’ll be stopping in two remote places to snorkel, beach comb… and also to write! Writing workshops will be held each day, along with evening sharing sessions.
Day 9 (April 12): Sail towards Palm Beach in Florida. Writing workshops and sharing sessions will continue before arriving in Palm Beach in the evening.
Day 10 (April 13): After clearing customs and immigration in the morning, we’ll spend the afternoon discussing ways in which we will develop our writing after this trip, and how we can use our writing to make a difference in the world. After a scrumptious lunch, we’ll say our goodbyes to our fellow writers.
*Itinerary subject to change based on weather.
- 9 nights accommodation on board Sea Dragon
- All meals, snacks and drinks on board
- Sailing instruction
- Safety equipment and foul weather gear
- All workshops, personal development and one-on-one sessions
Payment does not include:
- Transportation to Dominican Republic and home from Palm Beach, FL
- Transportation to and from the dock
- Personal expenses while in port
Please see our Travel Kit List.