|Istanbul, View from the Galata Bridge|
|Yesim Cimcoz, of Writing Istanbul|
|Turkish Author, Jale Sancak|
Another writing-related excursion was to the newly opened Museum of Innocence, a complex realization of the novel of the same name by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. In the story, an identical museum is created by the main character of the book (Kemel Basmaci) as a monument to the two women in his life. I had not read the book, but now that I have been to the museum, I plan to. As I always do when I travel, I kept a daily diary of our activities to help me remember everything we did and saw. Now that I am home, I will use it for inspiration as I digest my experiences and put some order to my thoughts about this full and stimulating trip.
[Note: For more about my visit to the Museum of Innocence, go to my May 28 post at www.theintrepidtourist.blogspot.com.]
Podcast from workshop: On the final night of our workshop, each member of the group read aloud from a "postcard home", a fitting end to our diverse and full stay in Istanbul. To listen to the nine-minute podcast, click here.
Writing Istanbul Online Book: For a wonderful compilation of photos and writing from 14 members of the Writing Istanbul group, go to this online magazine Writing Istanbul at Issuu.com.