June 3 - 8, 2018 in Florence, Italy

An intimate writers retreat in the heart of Tuscany, featuring Jane Corry, Sunday Times best-seller author and hosted by author Lisa Clifford and international speaker Matthew Ferrara.

 

Rest, Recharge and Write

The Art of Writing is a writers retreat in Tuscany run by Italian resident, author and journalist Lisa Clifford and international speaker and philosopher Matthew Ferrara.

Join us for a week away to write, think, share and reconnect with your writing muse. Whether you’re a published author or just starting out, our Florence retreat is perfect for you. All we ask is that you love writing.

Morning Classes

The Art of Writing offers four full-day sessions on writing to nurture you, your writing skills and your writing projects. We want to inspire you to write more and teach you how to improve, without feeling intimidated. Topics include character development. dialogue, structure, memoirs, writing from a sense of place and much more.

Afternoon Workshops

Each afternoon includes a special workshop on specific skills. Learn from expert authors, creative writers and publishing experts that will broaden your skills and confidence as a writer. Or just take a few hours to write surrounded by the magic of Florence!

Attendees Say…

‘A HUGE thank you for what you have created with The Art Of Writing. Last week had such an impact on all of us, I don’t think anyone anticipated the quality of the teaching and the amount of valuable lessons we would get through in such a short time. You have a fabulous team behind you and all it offered was just amazing and beautifully done.’
— Rose Gilder

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WORKSHOPS

4

SPEAKERS

50

ATTENDEES

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AMAZING LOCATION

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PROGRAM

Learn, Write, Share and Grow

18:00

Registration

Join us for registration and drinks at Palazzo San Niccolo. Meet your hosts, tutors and fellow writers at our wonderful event location.

20:00

Welcome Dinner

After meeting your fellow writers at Palazzo San Niccolò on Sunday June 3rd at 18:00, join us for dinner at 20:00 at Boccadarno (Included). A short walk from Palazzo San Niccolò, let’s get to know each other better over drinks and dinner. Your tutors and publishers will join us.

08:00
Salon

Pitch Your Project

Learn how to pitch your book to today's publishers, then schedule your opportunity to pitch to our special guest from one of the world's largest publishing companies. 

09:30
Salon

Get Started and Keep Going

Jane Corry kicks off the week by focusing on beginnings - new beginnings or fresh ways of looking at what you may have already started. Come with writing projects you've begun or to explore what you'd like to write in the future. Our featured guest author will engage you with exercises to stimulate ideas, strengthen your confidence and setup your thinking for the week.

11:00
Piazza

Tea and Coffee Break

13:00
15:00
Salon

Writing Inspiration

Matthew Ferrara will spark your creative thinking with these fast-paced exercises help you unlock techniques for developing a theme, scene, character, dialogue and more. 

08:00
Salon

Pitch Your Project

Learn how to pitch your book to today's publishers, then schedule your opportunity to pitch to our special guest from one of the world's largest publishing companies. 

09:30
Piazza

Writing from A Sense of Place

Lisa Clifford takes us on a tour of the San Lorenzo food markets, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and outdoor cafes to develop a writer's "sense of place." Learn how to add authenticity to settings and characters, create atmospheres and articulate descriptions that show, not just tell, the sense of a location through its sounds, touch, smells and tastes. (Walking shoes recommended.) 

11:00

Tea and Coffee Break

11:30
Salon

Writing from a Sense of Place (Workshop)

Attendees return to the Salon to practice writing exercises inspired by their walking tour of Florence.

13:00

Lunch

Lunch on your own in the San Niccolo area

15:00
Piazza

Creativity Workshop

Join Jane Corry for an afternoon workshop featuring exercises creativity, word flow and freedom writing.

16:30

Connect the Arts

Matthew Ferrara connects the dots between the art of writing and photography. See how a photographer's techniques for capturing the emotions of a scene can help your efforts to tell a story with words.

08:00
Salon

Pitch Your Project

Learn how to pitch your book to today's publishers, then schedule your opportunity to pitch to our special guest from one of the world's largest publishing companies. 

09:30
Salon

Plot and Momentum

Jane Corry leads exercises in developing your story's plot, building momentum and moving forward. 

11:00
Piazza

Tea and Coffee Break

11:30
Salon

The Art of Memoirs

Lisa Clifford explains how to collect, collate and recount your own story, using examples from her best-selling memoir, The Promise. Explore how to write a good story, what to leave in or cut, and how to transform fragments of memories into great chapters.

13:00

Lunch

Explore the trattorias of Florence

15:00

Developing Your Platform

Matthew Ferrara teaches techniques from speaking and writing to help you leverage blogging, interviews, social media and guest authoring to create a tribe, promote your stories and develop a platform to drive a career through writing. 

18:00
Salon

Meet the Editor

Enjoy drinks and discussion with Martha Ashby, Commissioning Editor for Harper Collins U.K. As one of the leaders of the world's largest publishing house, Martha will discuss the state of the publishing industry today and how you can snare a contract. Hear insights on the kinds manuscripts, storylines and topics publishers are seeking today and make a connection with a major international Commissioning Editor at this exclusive Art of Writing session.

08:00
Salon

Pitch Your Project

Learn how to pitch your book to today's publishers, then schedule your opportunity to pitch to our special guest from one of the world's largest publishing companies. 

09:30
Salon

The Art of Dialogue

Janen Corry leads our morning session by exploring ways to make your characters speak naturally using dialogue. Learn ways to bring characters alive, move the plot along and develop endearing connections with readers.

11:00
Piazza

Tea and Coffee

11:30
Salon

Point of View

Who's telling your story and what's the point of view you would like readers to see through? Jane Corry looks at different ways to tell stories by developing unique points of view.

13:00
15:00
Salon

Structure and Editing Workshops

Jane Corry wraps up the afternoon with two back-to-back workshops focused on structure and editing. Refine and focus your work with these insightful techniques.

16:30
Salon

Writing Your Précis

Learn how to write your précis, book pitch, synopsis and back cover blurbs and get ready to get published.

19:30
Piazza

Celebration Dinner

Enjoy a traditional Tuscan dinner, share experiences from the week and read your work in this closing celebration dinner together at San Niccolo (included). 

09:00

Departures

Depart from Conference and Palazzo San Niccolo.

HANDPICKED TALKS

Lectures, workshops and activities hand-picked by expert writers, teachers and publishing experts, refined to take advantage of the unique venue of renaissance Florence.

CUSTOMIZABLE EXPERIENCE

We’ve packed the schedule with wonderful workshops, while leaving the choice of hotel and dinners to you. Customize your experience to fit your vision.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Our attendees are aspiring writers, published authors, business copywriters and just about anyone who simply loves writing. All experience levels, all stages of work. You simply have to love writing and sharing.

TIME TO LEARN AND WRITE

The schedule will fill your mind without filling your time. Smart sessions each morning and afternoon, with plenty of time to write, write, write!

AMAZING VENUE

A week in Florence, Italy, is enough to turn anyone into a future Dante! We’re in a superbly restored palazzo in the middle of the San Niccolò area of Florence, surrounded by the magical food, art and people of Tuscany.

FRIENDS FOR LIFE

You’ll leave the Art of Writing with plenty of new friends who will help you continue your learning and growth in our exclusive online communities year after year.

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All prices are inclusive VAT. Tickets are not refundable, but can be transferred.
Price does not include accommodations, transportation, lunch or dinners except as noted.

Palazzo San Niccolò Venue and Accommodations

Our event takes place within the Palazzo San Niccolò. The location takes its name from the nearby neighborhood, the oldest district of Florence and among one of the historical areas most beloved by the Florentines, just a short walk from Ponte Vecchio and the center of town. Space is limited and there are other fine accommodations nearby as well. Learn more about the venue and accommodations.

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