Get to know the beauty, culture, and history of Sicily, then jumpstart that creative writing project of your dreams.


 Is a trip somewhere new—to the island of Camilleri, Lampedusa, Maraini, Pirandello, Quasimodo, Sapienza, Sciascia,Verga—worth a thousand words? More?

We think so.

PROMPT EXCURSIONS offers writers in all genres the space, time, and inspiration to energize their work. Our goal is to help writers begin, continue, or finish a project, using daily excursions organized around specific prompts to spark creativity.

We will take you on jaunts to abbeys, catacombs, olive groves and markets. Maybe an inlaid mosaic pavement in a church will provide the setting for the short story you’ve always wanted to write; the scent of the sea will trigger a memory that connects to a part of your memoir; or the face of an ancient priest will spark an image for your poetry. In the afternoons, you'll have time to use impressions from the day’s events in your writing. Still later, you’ll share your thoughts when we all meet up.

Through immersion in unfamiliar places, the unexpected often occurs. With PROMPT EXCURSIONS, we’ve designed a program that uses daily exploration through the island of Sicily as the source of inspiration for starting, progressing, or completing creative writing projects.

For over twenty-five centuries we’ve been bearing the weight of superb and heterogeneous civilizations, all from outside.
— Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard.

All photography provided by Natalia Sarkissian

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