Happy thanksgiving to you from the Art of Writing team in Tuscany!

I hope this note finds you in a contented space, in a peaceful frame of mind with moments of quiet so your mind and heart can roam freely. That would be my thanksgiving wish for you – inner peace for calm thought, tranquillity and stillness. 

This holiday note is to send you my best for Thanksgiving and also to let you know our plans for our 2017 June and September retreats. 

Ready submitJune 4-10, 2017

The Art of Suspense

Following this year’s interviews and discussions with global agents and publishers, it is beyond doubt that the most frequent request from those working in the world of literature is for gripping text. Strong story lines that hook readers from the first chapter are more essential than ever. Every commissioning agent and associate editor requested engaging stories, with deeper characters, more compelling dialogue and thrilling plot-lines. It is with this demand in mind that we’ve decided to run a retreat focusing on pace, build-up and how to write unputtowndable text — in all genres. Whether you’re writing historical non-fiction, your own family history, romance, a memoir or literary fiction our 2017 Tuscan workshop aims to tighten your words and sharpen your story-telling. 

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Nurture and Replenish Your Writing Skills

We feel more than ever that creatives need time away from their day to day environments to write effectively. Sometimes our routines, together with the demands of our families and the distractions of technology can entirely disconnect us from our writing goals, dreams and deadlines. Completely immersing yourself in a community and environment that nurtures your writing skills always stimulates your best work. Learning, practising, sharing, and listening to new ideas and fresh thinking inspires your finest writing. That’s our aim for you in the second week of September – to nurture and replenish you and your written work so that you produce your best work ever.

I look forward to meeting you.

All the best from Florence,

Lisa Clifford

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