GIRONA 2023 (MAY 20 – MAY 27)


Inspired by our experiences as writers, educators, travelers and Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants, we have designed a seven-day retreat of writing activities, guided feedback and curated tours of historical and cultural places in and around Girona, a stunning medieval city in northeast Spain. Whether you’re starting out as a writer or have several pieces to polish, the workshop will help you broaden your repertoire and fine-tune your writing in a community of supportive partners.

Join us for a week of writing, exploration, and discovery in the heart of Catalonia!

Who We Are

HappyHeadShot copy.pngGreta Vollmer


I currently divide my time between Berkeley and Girona, where I write, sketch and study Catalan. In addition to being a recently retired professor of Applied Linguistics/English, I have coached writers and directed Writing Project Institutes for a number of years, serving as the Bay Area Writing Project’s Director from 2012-2015. I am passionate about in-depth travel adventures and language learning, and look forward to sharing my knowledge of and enthusiasm for Catalonia with you.

Meredith Head shot.jpgMeredith Pike-Baky


I have been a teacher trainer and writer for many years having worked with students and teachers on issues of literacy in the U.S. and overseas. I teach an annual Summer Writing Workshop for Teachers in the Bay Area and am currently developing materials to support social and emotional resilience through the Bay Area Writing Project at UC Berkeley. I’ve been an English Language Specialist in Rwanda, Congo-Brazzaville, China and Burundi. What a privilege it’s been to combine travel and teaching. Our Girona experience promises lots of wonderful discoveries.

For further information contact us at:

Greta Vollmer   greta.vollmer@sonoma.edu

Meredith Pike-Baky  mpikebaky@mac.com