The Floating Island Workshops

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2010 Chapel Hill Workshop: Details

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Postcard - Chapel Hill 2010In about seven short weeks, fifteen talented writers will have the opportunity to hone their nonfiction skills with bestselling author Kim Sunee and meet/work with a host of celebrity authors and chefs at the Floating Island Workshops in Chapel Hill, NC. From Monday, October 11 to the 14th, attendees will receive professional critiques from Kim, dine and share stories with nationally renowned chefs, and more.

Workshop attendee benefits:

  • 4 days of workshopping
  • Catered lunch daily
  • Special lunch at Chef Bill Smith’s nationally renowned Crook’s Corner Restaurant
  • Roundtable Q & A with Frances Mayes, bestselling author of Under the Tuscan SunBella Tuscany and most recently Every Day in Tuscany
  • Wine tasting at Bonne Soiree with Chip Smith, Tina Vaughn and Damon Haynes

The $1,200 workshop fee includes the above features and events. To secure your spot, please fill out the online application and submit a 50 percent deposit.

Also, we have secured a group of rooms at The Franklin Hotel, in the heart of Chapel Hill, at a special room rate.  The Franklin Hotel’s special room rate expires September 17, so register and book your rooms today.

In addition to the week’s workshop activities, Floating Island is also hosting a number of additional events, available on an a la carte basis around the city. Some of those events include:

  • Family Dinner at Lantern with chef Andrea Reusing
  • Reception and two publishing panels at Fearrington House with authors and chefs including Sara Foster, Bill Smith, Andrea Reusing, Frances Mayes, and more, presented by Keebe Fitch
  • Additional tickets for the Bill Smith lunch

If you have any questions about the workshop or any of the events, please contact us and we will be glad to speak with you.

Chapel Hill 2010: Chef Bill Smith, forager

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Last year, Bill Smith, a nationally recognized Chapel Hill chef, cookbook author and frequent forager, took Floating Island Workshops Director Kim Sunee on a trip to procure ingredients for one of his signature desserts at Crook’s Corner: honeysuckle sorbet. Chef Smith will host an exclusive lunch during our 2010 Chapel Hill workshop. (Full details in a future post.)

Making the sorbet:

(Sadly, Chef Smith’s honeysuckle sorbet is a spring dessert and will not be available for our lunch.)

Chapel Hill 2010: Early Bird Registration

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Early Bird Registration: 20% off registration until Aug. 15, 2010Register for the Floating Island Workshops Chapel Hill 2010 workshop before August 15, and take 20% off the workshop fee. It gets you all the same great writers and fabulous food, just for less money.

Register here today!

Seaside 2010: Cooking with Chef Suvir Saran

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Attendee Rose cooking with chef Suvir Saran

Attendee Rose cooking with chef Suvir Saran

We were lucky to have chef Suvir Saran on hand over Memorial Day weekend to provide cooking demonstrations and world-class cuisine for our attendees. Suvir hails from New Delhi and won U.S. acclaim as the co-executive chef at New York City’s Devi restaurant and as the author of two incredible cookbooks: Indian Home Cooking and American Masala. He cooks with the ease and grace of a Michelin-starred chef (2007 and 2008 Michelin Guide to New York City) and instructs students with a a master’s precision and patience.

Floating Island Workshop: Cooking with Korin knives

The beautiful (and Sharp!) Korin knife with jalapeno

Suvir arrived prepared with some of his favorite equipment and products in tow. Japanese knife and tableware purveyor Korin provided beautiful knives and a traditional wok that Suvir used to cook a batch of Chivda (Indian trail mix). Kim Sunee described Chivda on her website, but it is a snack mix based on stir-fried thin poha (flattened rice), fresh curry leaves, spices, raisins and peanuts. The result is a crunchy, sweet and spicy treat that stays fresh for weeks (if you can keep yourself from eating it all in one go). Read the rest of this entry »

Seaside 2010: Off and Writing (and Cooking)

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Seaside 2010: Writers Workshopping with Kim Sunee

Seaside 2010: Writers Workshopping with Kim Sunee

The 2010 Seaside Floating Island Writers’ Workshop started off in delicious fashion when attendees began arriving Saturday, May 29. Among them, chef Suvir Saran of New York City’s restaurant Devi and his partner Charlie Burd came to run cooking demonstrations and sign his fabulous cookbooks (Indian Home Cooking and American Masala) at Sundog Books.

Kim Sunee and Chef Suvir Saran at Sundog Books

Kim Sunee and Chef Suvir Saran at Sundog Books

A few hours after arriving, Charlie and I headed off to find some fresh Gulf shrimp from Goatfeather’s Seafood. Soon Kim, Suvir, and a few other attendees (particularly Rose) began toasting, grinding, zesting, chopping, juicing and sauteing a beautiful supper of Goan shrimp, basmati rice, and a mixed yogurt raita. Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina Workshop: Oct 10 to 14, 2010

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NC BBQ sign

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Hot on the (tar)heels of our Seaside 2010 workshop, Kim Sunee announces a Columbus Day Weekend food writing and memoir workshop in Chapel Hill/Durham, North Carolina, October 10 to 14. In addition to four full days of writing, eating, and workshopping, the workshop will feature a slate of celebrity chefs, food authorities and cookbook authors. More details will follow, so save those dates.

Please comment below or use the Contact Us form to show your excitement.

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May 3rd, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Seaside 2010: Application Date Extended to April 16

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The sun sets over the Gulf of MexicoA number of potential attendees asked us to extend the application date for the May 30 and June 6 Floating Island Workshop Seaside sessions and we have!

The new application deadline is April 16, 2010.

Spaces are filling up quickly, so there is no time to waste. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about any aspect of the program.

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March 19th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Summer 2010 Seaside, Florida Workshop

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Floating Island Writers' Workshop 2010 Seaside, FloridaLast summer, we held our first and very successful writing workshop in Seaside, FL. There were poignant stories, fish tacos, salted caramel cupcakes, wine, Champagne, the sea, a roving gourmand (aka Pableaux) who cooked up red beans and rice, twilight dancing, and so much more. I’ve received many requests to organize more writing workshops at the beach and elsewhere. This summer, we will launch another series and I’d like to welcome you to THE FLOATING ISLAND WRITERS’ WORKSHOP. Introductory and Advanced Workshops will focus on narrative nonfiction and memoir writing. However, as we evolve, we will also offer courses for writers of fiction, cookbooks/food, and poetry.

I am especially happy to announce that a wonderful chef will perform an in-house demo at the beginning of each 5-day session: Chef Suvir Saran will be joining us May 30th and 31st for an exclusive cooking demo and book signing. I’ve written about Suvir in past posts. He is the author of two wonderful cookbooks, Indian Home Cooking and American Masala. This is your chance to meet Suvir and learn hands-on some of his favorite recipes. Chef James Lewis of Birmingham, Alabama’s Bettola will join The Floating Island on June 6 and 7 for an exclusive pasta- and pizza-making demo.

The first sessions for 2010 will begin in Seaside, FL (with two sessions May 30-June 4; June 6-June 11). Future locations are New Orleans, San Francisco, New York, North Carolina, Paris…the possibilities are endless.

Each Floating Island Workshop will eventually host a guest writer/agent/editor and a guest chef/cookbook author for cooking demos, book signings, and special dinners.

Please kindly forward this info to your friends who love words, food, and travel. The first session of the Seaside workshop is already filling up. Also, please send along suggestions (in the comments section below) for future workshop locations, guest writers/agents/editors and guest chefs/cookbook authors.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon. Please see 2010 Floating Island Workshops PDF for more information, apply here, or contact us.

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February 15th, 2010 at 6:43 pm