September 15-22, 2018
Writers & aspiring writers with works in progress and/or germinating ideas or projects to polish and bring to fruition
Writers Retreat: A wonderful week to focus on your writing, get feedback and generate new ideas
Write Away Italy's September writing retreat will take place in the verdant hills of Tuscany, a land that has inspired writers throughout the ages. Olive groves, vineyards, wild flowers and herbs will assault your senses and summon your creative spirit.
Writers will stay in a private room in a Tuscan Farmhouse surrounded by rolling vineyards with abundant indoor and outdoor areas for writing, thinking, and relaxing including a swimming pool.
The Writing Retreat daily writing workshops will take place in the garden or indoors in the common areas. Dinners will be prepared by a chef with locally sourced products served al fresco for convivial communal meals in the garden. The Lit-up social hours, a time for bonding and engaging discussions of craft and creativity, will take place in the garden overlooking the stunning countryside. Excursion to a nearby winery for a tasting tour and for those writers interested a Tuscan cooking class will be arranged on site.Reserve Your Place Now
"How grateful I am for the last week and for all I was able to take away from everything we did.
I appreciate everything you did for us, and especially for me.
This last week was something incredibly special, and I am so lucky to have been a part of it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Elizabeth O., playwright
"Thank you for making all of our time so special & memorable. Every detail was obviously carefully planned, & you shepherded us through
each delightful meal & activity with the kind of grace that let us blissfully forget all the work that goes into organizing a group (working) holiday.
All your tips enriched every day. I had a fabulous time talking & laughing with you all week."
Heather G., novelist
"I'm back in Chicago (and back at the office -- Day 2, ugh).
But I'm working hard on my script with all the ideas gleened from the workshops and our talks and newly inspired to stay on course!"
Kate H., scriptwriter
"Thanks for the inspiration, the friendship and all of the wonderful memories, moments which I look forward to reliving through my journal
and photos - and continued friendship with a stellar bunch of people."
Chris K., non-fiction writer
"Thank you, to each of you beautiful souls, for sharing your lives and stories this week and being so attentive and helpful with mine.
I had no idea that I'd take so much away from the last 9 days."
Liz S., dramatist
"I was nervous on arrival, not quite sure what to expect meeting strangers with whom I would be spending the ensuing week.
Those fears dissolved with the welcome dinner and upon waking the following morning, I felt a sense of hope that had long been absent from my life.
Each day proved more invigorating than the previous and by the end of the week my heart was filled with joy, my journal overflowing with words,
and my mind bursting with ideas. I see a way forward in my writing that was lost to me prior and have made bonds that will last a lifetime."
Isabelle T., memoir writer
"I've gotta say this has absolutely been a trip of a lifetime.
My face hurts from smiling so much, my mind is reeling with input and ideas. I feel inspired. Invigorated."
Lisa D., screenwriter
"Thanks for the energy and inspiration! What a life-changing week, my notebooks are filling!"
Maureen J., travel & non-fiction writer
"I really can't put into words my experience at the Write Away retreat. I went as a traveler/writer should, with an open mind and heart, and what
I have received has not only re-inspired my writing, but has given me a creative well to draw upon.
I believe if that well is to ever run dry I can reflect upon my time at the retreat and again be re-inspired."
Travis K., fiction writer
"I already miss you all, our boisterous laughter, our deep talks of life and writing, and the salient and sometimes silly jabber.
During our week together, you all helped me remember how good life can be, and who I was trying to be before I strayed from my path.
I'll be grateful forever, to all of you, for nudging me back on course, in both life and in writing."
Amy M. novelist
"The teachable moments, the constructive creative input, infectuous laughter and the immense intellectual propensity and generosity of the facilitators
along side the participant writers is a must for any writer."
Mike L., novelist
"I was blown away by the well organized dining and travel accommodations that took the usual anxiety away from travel.
To all this I say thank you with a big heart and anyone one that embarks on a Write Away Retreat will have it placed as an anchor in their hearts."
"The Write Away retreat was given to me as a surprise gift, I just signed my first book deal based on my blog and proposal and I needed to decide
on the plan for my book and ideas to fill the pages. I found both at the retreat. After each productive workshop, I was raring to get planning and writing.
I'm feeling inspired and well-armed with lots of thoughts for moving forward with my book."
Sarah M., non-fiction lifestyle writer
"My experience in Greece… has not only re-inspired my writing but it has also re-invented how I think about writing and how I'll approach it in the future.
Days flew by in a heady haze of meeting great new people, stimulating writing workshops and enjoying fantastic food (and drink) but I know the experience and memories of
the trip are something that will stay with me forever! ."
Neil F., fiction writer