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Brouzils Creative Arts Mentors and Instructors

An international network of journalists, writers, essayists, filmmakers, musicians and artists.

Working professionals serving as mentors. The workshops and mentorships we offer are not typical classes. In fact, we have no typical classrooms. Instead, the Brouzils programs are highly personalized, uniquely structured collegial relationships oriented toward helping participants realize specific goals—a book, a script, a documentary film, a children’s book or a collection of poetry—from conception to completion.


Denis Boyles: The author of two books of poetry, a book of design theory and more than a dozen works of travel, history, humor and commentary, including a 2005 critique of French énarques. As a journalist, he has served on the staffs of publications as diverse as National Lampoon, The New York Times Magazine and Men’s Health. His work has appeared in Esquire, Readers Digest, The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Review Online and in many other newspapers and magazines. In February 2008, Doubleday published his latest book, Superior, Nebraska, an informal survey of Midwestern American values. He is currently at work on a book about Edwardian publishing in the UK and America for Knopf. Director and mentorships coordinator. BA, University of Baltimore. MA, The Johns Hopkins University.

Ron Geraci: A former editor and columnist at Men’s Health magazine – where he guided the development of the magazine’s popular front-of-the-book – Ron’s books include The Bachelor Chronicles and You: The Smart Patient, which he coauthored with Mehmet Oz, MD and Michael Roizen, MD. He was a consultant for the Disovery Health Channel Show “Strictly Speaking with Dr. Drew” and is a regular guest on Fox News’ nightly show, “Redeye.” He’s written for GQ, Glamour, Marie Claire, Shape, and many other publications.

Alain Hertoghe: A senior editor at La Croix, a French national daily, for 17 years and the author of a book critical of the French media coverage of the Iraq War. As a documentary filmmaker, he has created several films broadcast on French and Belgian television, including a recent investigation of polling during the French presidential elections. He is currently working with Denis Boyles on Armyville, a documentary film about the sacrifices made by families of American soldiers left behind at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, when the 101st Airborne is deployed abroad. Dip., Ecole de journalisme de Lille.

Joe Kita: A professional journalist for almost three decades, Joe is the author of five popular books. He has written for numerous national magazines, including Men’s Health and Cosmopolitan; taught writing at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; launched magazines in such diverse places as Korea and Kazakhstan; and appeared on Oprah, Montel, CNN and other American television programs. For the last six years, he has been guest-lecturing on ships operated by Crystal Cruises, entertaining audiences with stories of trying out for his high-school basketball team at age 40, challenging 85-year-old Jack La Lanne to a $10,000 fitness challenge (and losing), and spending a year of his life facing his 12 biggest fears.

Nicholas Lloyd: As Choirmaster of the Choir of Chavagnes, Nicholas has toured Europe from Scandinavia to Sicily leading performances and providing voice and instrumental guidance. MA Cantab, LTCL (Piano).

April Reinking: The illustrator of several books, including books for men and women in Doris Pooser’s “Always in Style” series (Crisp) and A Man’s Life (Harper Collins). Her work has also appeared in various publications, including Men’s Journal. She is a former instructor in illustration at Baltimore Community College. BS, University of Maryland.

Harry Stein: One of the most influential “new journalism” editors of the ’70s and ’80s, Harry is the former Esquire “ethics” columnist and a co-founder of The Paris Metro. In addition to journalism and personal and political memoirs, he is the author of several novels, including Hoopla and The Magic Bullet. His journalism has appeared in most national newspapers and periodicals in the US, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His screenplays include The Glory Boys (with Dustin Hoffman), Mr. Ethics, We the People, and Bamboo, among others. He is a contributing editor of City Journal, the publication of The Manhattan Institute. BA, Pomona College. MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Dominique Torrès: Former senior correspondent for France 2, author and documentary filmmaker, and founder of the Comitécontre l’esclavage moderne. One of her special interests has been human trafficking and exploitation in rural areas in Africa. Of her anti-slavery reporting (in books and in broadcast documentaries), l’Humanité wrote, “There are too few journalists for whom this profession is a challenge to the indifference which killed millions…[but] France 2’s great correspondent has continued this struggle for years.” Her most recent book: Escalves (Broché). In 2008, Dominique was made a member of the French Legion of Honor for her work exposing modern slavery.

Jenny Tripp was recently nominated for the Sequoyah Book Award for Children’s Literature. She’s the author of Pete and Fremont and Pete’s Disappearing Act (Harcourt), and Fais Do-Do, a children’s picture book, forthcoming from Harper-Collins. She is a Lifetime Member of the Writer’s Guild of America, has written for most of the major studios in a variety of genres, from feature animation, to live action, to movies for television, including Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Swan Lake, The Prince and the Pauper and others. She’s a contributor to the Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times Travel MagazineFamily Fun MagazineDIG Magazine, Family Life Magazine, Mothers Today Magazine and others.

Priscilla Turner: Former executive story editor at Columbia Pictures and the author of television scripts for Miami Vice, the Cosby Mysteries and other network programs. In addition to her film and television work, she is the author of several children’s books, including The War Between the Vowels and the Consonants and Among the Odds and Evens: A Tale of Adventure (both Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and the co-author (with her sister, Susan Pohlman) of The Girl’s Guide to Life (Scholastic). BA, University of California Berkeley.

Additional full- and part-time faculty are added as needed. For those in residential workshops or retreats, European faculty from the neighboring Chavagnes International College will provide seminars and classes for those who wish intensive instruction in music (piano and voice) and in French or German. Studio facilities (including instruction) available for artists. These programs are limited in size and offered based on demand.