Write Away Team & Board of Advisors

The Write Away Europe team brings together a committed staff of caring creative people with years of experience in writing, teaching, and exclusive specialty travel to bring you inspiring and rewarding Writers Retreats and Workshops in some of Europe’s most stunning settings.

We provide the time, the places and the people to inspire your craft and creative juices to help you connect with your muse and achieve your writing goals.

Write Away Team

The Write Away Team has personally selected some of Europe's most beautiful venues in assorted alluring locations in Europe to ensure that you can inhabit the right places to find the right words.

The on-site mentors and coordinators at each program work with our small select groups of creative writers to make sure that each writers gets the inspiration and motivation they need.

  • Personal professional mentoring with published authors

  • Dynamic Round Table Writing Workshop Discussions

  • Connect with stimulating people in stunning surroundings

  • instruction and inspiration to achieve your creative writing goals

Write Away Experience

Cross the threshold into the next stage of your writing life by joining the journey. When you register for a Write Away Europe Writers Retreat, you’ll savor a setting and experience as special as your words.

Write Away Retreats give you a chance to escape your daily routine to be in immersed in a captivating location and a creative and supporting environment and to enjoy an enriching experience.

  • Daily writing workshops with both professional and peer-review

  • Fun and friendly group meals of tasty locally-sourced food

  • ‘Lit-Up’ social sessions on craft & creativity

  • Opportunity for inspired private writing time & exploration

Write Away Team & Board of Advisors


Scott Stavrou

BA, Georgetown University, English Literature/International Relations
Scott Stavrou is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novel, Losing Venice, (Short-Listed for the 2019 People's Book Prize) and the literary satire, Hemingway Lives. He has written fiction and non-fiction for numerous publications and served as a writer, editor and consultant for many successful U.S. and European media outlets. He also wrote the popular travel/humor book Wasted Away and the award-winning stage play Picketing With Prometheus, as well as two optioned (Fox Searchlight) screenplays. He was awarded a PEN Center Hemingway Award for Short Fiction and is a long time member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance. He has taught Creative Writing in both the U.S. and Europe. American born and raised, he has lived in Europe for much of the past two decades. His writing is represented by Marly Rusoff & Associates in New York.
George Crane, author

George Crane

BA, English Literature, U. of Illinois, MFA, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University
George Crane is the author of two internationally acclaimed memoirs (Bones of the Master and Beyond the House of the False Lama: Travels with Monks, Nomads, & Outlaws) published by Random House and HarperCollins, a collection of short stories, translator of poetry from Chinese, A Thousand Pieces of Snow, a collection of prose poems, Poems from the Novel, and a screenplay adaptation of Bones of the Master, which is currently in pre-production with Richard Gere attached to star and direct. His writing has been translated and published in 14 languages. In addition to his writing, he has lectured and taught Creative Writing, Literature and Film Studies in the U.S. and Europe.
Lisa Howe, Coordinator

Lisa Howe

BA, International Relations, University of Colorado Boulder
Lisa is a former English teacher and now a professional editor of both fiction and non-fiction. She serves as Write Away Europe's Program Director. In addition to her constructive input on the editing process, Lisa coordinates site selection, accommodation and program details and is happily always on hand with a smile and a solution whenever needed. Lisa has worked in the travel industry and international villa rental business for twenty years and has vast international experience in organizing conferences, tours, destination weddings and bespoke travel for exclusive well-known clientele in Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean. She is multilingual and her expertise in European travel, culture and regional highlights help ensure that Write Away Europe Retreats are the creative travel experience of a lifetime for all participants.
Abigail Reisinger, Write Away Europe

Abigail Reisinger

BA, English Literature/Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Abigail Reisinger has recently completed her debut nonfiction book, One Weekend in February, an exploration of grief, fathers, and forgiveness. She is a lifelong writer and a communications professional with a decade of experience crafting messaging, coordinating media strategy and narratives and writing speeches and op-eds for leading technology companies, including Apple. She currently runs corporate communications at Color Health, a late-stage health technology leader. In addition to her professional writing work she has completed nonfiction writing courses with Stanford University’s Continuing Studies and The Writing Salon in San Francisco, where she focused on finding new depth in personal narratives and nonfiction writing. She has attended multiple Write Away Europe retreats as a writer and active and encouraging discussion leader and will be joining the 2023 Tuscany retreat as a facilitator. She currently lives, works and writes in Seattle, Washington.
Larry Francis, writer

Larry Francis

BA, Central College, Iowa, MA, English, Governors State University, Ph.D. Cand., English, Northern Illinois University
Larry Francis is the author of seven well-received novels and the founder of the Time & Place Prize, the respected international literary award currently in its fifth year. He has worked as a journalist and editor for various publications, most notably Today Publications, and has taught writing in both the United States and Europe. He has also served as a consultant on several television and feature film projects. Francis holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in English. His most recent novel, Pillowstones, was released in 2021 and is available wherever good books are sold. He resides in France with his wife, Maria, and their three children.
Dion Nittis, PhD

Dion Nittis

BA, U. of Michigan, MA, Ph.D. in English, UCLA
Dr. Dion Nittis' prestigious academic career includes extensive international experience, having been a Professor of English Literature at Boston University, Cairo University, a Fellow at Tufts University and a Fulbright Professor at the University of Haiti and the Literature Coordinator of the Fulbright Commission in Egypt, as well as Director of the American Section of the Lycée Marcel Roby in Paris and International Baccalaureate Coordinator for the International School of Prague. Nittis was also a founder of the Hellenic International Studies in the Arts School in Greece. His publications include four books of poetry.
Guest Lecturer

Tony Hawks

Tony Hawks is the international bestselling author of six books as well as a successful comedian. His international bestseller Round Ireland with a Fridge - the story of his absurd quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month... with a fridge. After being serialised on Radio 4, the book became a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller. It has sold over 900,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages.
Tony has written five other books, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis (also serialised on BBC R4 and shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize (2000) for non-fiction writing and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (2000), One Hit Wonderland, A Piano in the Pyrenees, and The Fridgehiker's Guide To Life. His latest book, Once Upon A Time In The West...Country, tells the story of how he and his partner Fran uproot from London and settle in a small Devonian village, and attempt to integrate themselves, was released in 2015. In addition to his writing, Tony appears frequently on top television and radio programs and has been a three-time host of The British Book Awards, as well as having produced and starred in the film versions of two of his books.

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