The Art of Writing 2018

with Jane Corry, Sunday Times best-seller, published by Penguin.

@janecorryauthor

Sunday June 3 to Saturday June 9

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Sunday, June 3rd:

17.00 – Meet at Central Train Station Santa Maria Novella, Firenze. Mini-van transfer to Il Borgo a Caiano Residence in Casentino, Tuscany. Time to unpack and settle into your apartment.
19.00 – 20.00 – Welcome aperitivi (drinks) and antipasti. Introduction to your hosts – Ombretta and Roberto. Introduction to your tutors – Jane Corry and Lisa Clifford.
20.00 – Dinner
21.30 – Post Dinner session. Introduction to your week’s programme. Q&A’s.
Monday, June 20th:

Monday, June 4th:

Breakfast Breakfast
9:30 – Assemble in the garden gazebo
9:30 – 10:45 – Get Started and Keep Going with Jane Corry. . This morning is about beginnings – new beginnings or fresh ways of looking at what you may have already started. People come with projects already begun and some, just as usefully, come to find out what it is they want to write. The workshop exercises are there to stimulate ideas, give you confidence, ideas and thoughts for the rest of the week. 
11:00 – Morning tea and coffee with Ombretta’s homemade cake
11.30 – 12.45 – Get Started and Keep Going – Continued
13.00 – Lunch
14.00Private Writing Time. Individual sessions in the afternoon with Jane Corry and Lisa Clifford, who are also always on hand for chats and help! At 16.00 tea and Ombretta‘s homemade cakes are available in the garden.
18.00 – Live via Skype, Deborah Grosvenor, Grosvenor Literary Agency. With more than 25 years’ experience in the book publishing business as an agent and editor, Deborah has edited or represented several hundred books—and her best-known fiction acquisition is Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October. Deborah will discuss the most common faults in the manuscripts she is given to read and assess. Deborah will talk to us from Washington DC.
19.30 – Dinner

Tuesday, June 5th:

Breakfast
9.30 – Assemble in the garden gazebo
9.30 – 10.45 – Writing from a Sense of Place. Learn how to mine the details that will add authenticity to your settings and the figures that populate them, with Lisa Clifford. It’s all about atmosphere, that’s how readers gain the sense of the place that you, the writer, has chosen to place them in. Your job is not only to articulate description but to show location through sound, touch, smell and taste. This is one of the most important lessons for all writers. Let your reader be where you want them to be because they sense it.
11.00 – Morning tea and coffee with Ombretta’s homemade cake.
11.30 – 12.45 – Exercises in creativity, word flow and freedom writing, with Jane Corry.
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Private Writing Time. Individual sessions in the afternoon with Jane Corry and Lisa Clifford, who are also always on hand for chats and help! At 16.00 tea and cakes are available in the garden or by the pool.
18.00 – 19.00 – Fifty Shades of Publishing: An Agent’s Perspective. Literary Change Agent and author advocate April Eberhardt is taking an innovative approach: she’s encouraging authors to consider all methods of publishing their work, ranging from traditional to self, with many hybrid options in between. What are the pros and cons of traditional vs. independent publishing? Why is good self-publishing usually anything but “self”? What is partnership publishing, and why is it so popular? How do you decide which route suits you best? Learn about how the industry is changing, and how to devise a strategy that suits your goals, dreams, timetable and budget.
19.30 – Dinner

Wednesday, June 6th:

Breakfast
9.30 – Assemble in the garden gazebo
9.30 – 10.45 – Plot and moving your story forward, with Jane Corry.
11.00 – Morning tea and coffee with Ombretta’s home-made cake
11:30-12:45 – Memoirs; collecting, collating and recounting your own story. Author of best selling memoir The Promise, which is currently being taken from page to screen by Global Entertainment Media Lisa Clifford explores the memoir genre. How to write a good story. Which details to leave in or out. Collect your family’s history and learn how to put your fragments in order to create great chapters.
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Private Writing Time. Individual sessions in the afternoon with Jane Corry and Lisa Clifford, who are on hand to help with any writing problems you may care to discuss.
15.00 – A visit to Porciano Castle. Meet mini-bus in car park. Owned and maintained by Countess Martha Specht Corsi, Porciano Castle is a wonderful insight into medieval life and times. What is it like to own and live in a castle? Countessa Specht Corsi will tell us, as well as show us her own family museum.
16.30 – Tour onto the Cipriani Farm to learn how to make sheep cheeses – an experience with Lorenzo Cipriani, which includes milking sheep (optional!) and making ricotta and pecorino.
20.00 – Evening finishes with light meal of the cheeses we’ve made, together with Lorenzo’s home-made prosciutto and salami.

Thursday, June 7th:

Breakfast
9.30 – Assemble in the garden gazebo
9.30 – 10.45 – Dialogue: How to make your characters speak naturally whilst moving the plot along, with Jane Corry.
11.00 – Morning tea and coffee with Ombretta’s homemade cake
11.30 – 12.45 – Point of View: Who’s telling the story? with Jane Corry.
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Private Writing Time. Individual sessions in the afternoon with Jane Corry and Lisa Clifford, who are also always on hand for chats and help! At 16.00 tea and cakes are available in the garden.
18.00 How to write an opening. Your door opening sentence, or hook strategy, is vital. It doesn’t have to be good, it has to be fantastic. Over a glass of wine Lisa Clifford will give you the tips and tricks of how to catch your reader and keep them. Before dinner, you’ll write your opening sentence and after dinner we will gather to read and discuss them.
19.30 – Dinner

Friday, June 24th

Breakfast
9.30 – Assemble in the garden gazebo
9.30 – 10.45 – Redrafting Structure and Editing Workshops with Jane Corry.
11.00 – Morning tea and coffee with Ombretta’s home-made cake
11.30 – 12.45 – How to write your précis, pitch, synopsis or back cover blurb and understand the difference between them.
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Private Writing Time. Individual sessions in the afternoon with Jane Corry and Lisa Clifford, who are also always on hand for chats and help! At 16.00 tea and cakes are available in the garden.
18.00 – SKYPE Live with Martha Ashby – Commissioning Editor – HarperCollins. As one of the leaders of the world’s largest publishing houses, Martha will discuss what’s happening right now in the publishing industry. Is it harder than ever to snare a hard copy contract with publishers? What kinds of manuscripts, story lines and memoirs are being accepted? This is your chance to ask a major International Commissioning Editor anything and everything you’ve always wanted to ask.
19.30 – Farewell Celebration Dinner
After dinner – Reading our work together

Saturday, June 9th

Check out before 08:00AM

09.00 – Mini-bus transfer to Santa Maria Novella station