Schedule of Sessions and Workshops
Please note that additional items may be added to the schedule before May 2018 to enhance your retreat experience.
All sessions held at Palazzo San Niccolo unless otherwise noted. Dinners may be at walkable location nearby.
Join us for registration and drinks at Palazzo San Niccolo. Meet your hosts, tutors and fellow writers at our wonderful event location.
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.
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.
Tea and Coffee Break
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.
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.)
Tea and Coffee Break
Attendees return to the Salon to practice writing exercises inspired by their walking tour of Florence.
Lunch on your own in the San Niccolo area
Join Jane Corry for an afternoon workshop featuring exercises creativity, word flow and freedom writing.
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.
Jane Corry leads exercises in developing your story's plot, building momentum and moving forward.
Tea and Coffee Break
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.
Explore the trattorias of Florence
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.
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.
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.
Tea and Coffee
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.
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.
Learn how to write your précis, book pitch, synopsis and back cover blurbs and get ready to get published.
Enjoy a traditional Tuscan dinner, share experiences from the week and read your work in this closing celebration dinner together at San Niccolo (included).