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    I grow my own catnip JulieB's Avatar
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    Creativity Workshop, LLC

    Spammage posted below. This domain appears to have been around since March and there are several domains with similar names and content. And - surprise! - they're all hosted on the same server with a mess of link farms. Domain is registered in Israel, site hosted in NJ. The e-mail appears to originate from a hosting service in Louisiana, but wait! The registrar for the domain is in South Africa. All the hallmarks of spam.

    Here's the e-mail:

    Announcing New Poetry Writing Workshop in Dublin

    We are now offering 3 Summer Writing Workshops in Florence, Barcelona,
    and Dublin The workshops are taught by award winning authors, Patricia
    Foster and Kirpal Singh.

    Fiction Writing Workshop in Florence: July 13 - 22, 2007
    Memoir Writing Workshop in Barcelona: July 21 - 30, 2007
    Poetry Writing Workshop in Dublin: July 29 - August 7, 2007
    Our Writing Workshops in Fiction, Memoir, and Poetry share in common a
    focus on the importance of the writer's journey and how to keep it vital
    and growing. We delve into our deepest emotions and insights and explore
    transformation, metaphor, and the innate structures of our writings. We
    learn from each other's writing and ideas in a supportive environment.
    We encourage risk-taking and experimentation. We examine how to listen
    to and distill our instinctive ideas, images and inspirations into
    language that is true to the core, into words that sing. All levels of
    writing experience are welcome. Workshops focus on writing exercises
    with some readings of master writers as a way to examine issues of
    craft. The atmosphere is non-competitive with a focus on freeing up your
    writing. We help make this possible through bringing down the walls of
    fear and anxiety that inhibit our imagination and tapping into the
    intelligent heart, the compass of our being. Our instructors are award
    winning writers who are also accomplished teachers in their disciplines.

    Poetry in Dublin: Our newly added Writing Workshop
    Instructor: K. Singh
    The Poetry Writing Workshop will take place in the most lyrical of
    cities, Dublin, a vibrant center of renowned museums and universities,
    lush green parks, and traditional Irish music. Ireland is famous for its
    writers, such as W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, James Joyce, and Samuel
    Beckett. Here, poetry is literally the stuff of daily life! The workshop
    will explore techniques by which our poetic imaginations can be more
    fully made alive to the intense emotions, thoughts and dreams that lie
    within and without. We will stretch our creative musings with various
    exercises in imagery, sense perception, tone, and musicality. Each day
    there will be a theme which we will use to loosely focus our writing,
    such as nature, solitude, 'the moment', and Dublin, itself. At the end
    of the workshop we will each go away with a portfolio of at least 6
    poems and a myriad of ways to bring forth your Muse!

    Fiction Writing Workshop in Florence
    Instructor: P. Foster
    The Fiction Writing Workshop will take place within the walls of the old
    city, home of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli. Florence
    is also the setting of Bruneleschi's Duomo which revolutionized
    architecture and the Uffizi Gallery which contains masterpieces of
    Renaissance art. In this class we will look at how to create characters
    whose desires compel us. We will do writing exercises that will stretch
    our literary muscles, helping us create characters who emerge from the
    particularity of our experience as well as characters who emerge solely
    from our imagination.

    Memoir Writing Workshop in Barcelona
    Instructor: P. Foster
    The Memoir Writing Workshop will take place near Paseo de Gracia, a
    tree-lined street with some of the finest modernist architecture in this
    fascinating city, which inspired Gaudi, Picasso, Dali, and Miro.
    Barcelona also has a beautiful beach/restaurant area in which to walk,
    sunbathe, or swim. Seaside resorts are only a 30 minute train ride away.
    What we'll try to do in this workshop is find that deeper story, engage
    that secret self. Getting to that place of inner clarity will not be the
    same for everyone, but for everyone, exploration is the point. We will
    do exercises to jump-start our memories, to discover vivid detail in
    ordinary moments, and to create a narrative "I." Most importantly, we
    will do writing exercises designed to find the emblematic moments in our

    Class size is limited. Reserve your space in advance.
    Classes meets 3.5 hours per day.
    You can obtain 3 University credits for taking any of these workshops.
    Contact us for details.

    Fiction Writing Workshop in Florence: From $1,750 (including tuition and
    9 night accommodations).
    Memoir Writing Workshop in Barcelona: From $1,850 (including tuition and
    9 night accommodations).
    Poetry Writing Workshop in Dublin: From $2,200 (including tuition and
    9 night accommodations).
    $100 off Early Registration (offer good until 1/15/2007)

    Patricia Foster (Fiction and Memoir) is the author of All the Lost Girls
    (memoir), Just Beneath My Skin (personal essays; starred review from
    Kirkus Reviews) and the editor of Minding the Body and Sister to Sister.
    She won the PEN/Jerard Fund Award, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, the
    Hoepfner Award, and the Dean's Scholar Award for nonfiction, received a
    Florida Arts Council Award, the Lake Effect Fiction Award, and a Yaddo
    Fellowship for fiction as well as four Alabama Arts & Humanities grants.
    Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, Atlanta
    Journal & Constitution, Vogue, Chronicle for Higher Education, Glamour,
    Ploughshares as well as other newspapers and journals.

    Kirpal Singh (Poetry) is a poet whose work is featured in the
    forthcoming Norton Anthology of Asian Verse. Singh is the Editor of the
    forthcoming Penguin Book of Southeast Asian Verse and numerous other
    writing collections. He is the author of 4 books of poetry, his latest,
    Nestled Dreams: Poems of Love is due out in Spring 2007.

    For more information:
    1-866-217-1980 (Toll-Free)

    To cancel these communications, please send an email to: with "Cancel" in the subject.

    Please mail all inquiries to:
    Vivian Glusman
    245 E 40th St. 25th Floor
    New York, NY 10016

    Allow 2 weeks for cancellation.
    (Forwarded to

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