Thursday June 6, 2019
08:00 Pitch Your Project
Pitch your book idea to Jeff Kleinman, Literary Agent and get feedback on your project. By appointment.
09:30 And Action!
What’s the key moment of action that changes everything and energizes your characters into action? Learn how to build believable action-moments into your story that help move the plot forward, create anticipation and curiosity that gets readers to stick with your story.
10:30 The Arc of the Story
Practice methods of taking your story from opening line to apex to denoument. Learn how to pull readers into the arc of your story, develop rising action, falling action and resolutions that satisfy your audience. Create plots and sub-plots that creatively play with the certainties and uncertainties of your characters and storyline.
11:30 Coffee and Tea Break
12:00 The Art of Writing
What do great writers do every day to stay on track, keep up their energy and let the words flow? Your tutors share their tips for getting words on the page at home, on the road and up against a deadline.
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
Locations nearby Palazzo San Niccolo
15:00 Just Add Ad Copy with Matthew Ferrara
What can we learn from the world of advertising, business writing and blogging? Matthew Ferrara helps you fine tune your wit and wisdom with words that jump off the page using Ad Copy techniques like headlining, juxtaposition, social proof, humor, unusual grammar and surprising vocabulary.
16:00 – 16:30 Retreat Feedback and Wrap Up
16:30 – 17:30 Turn the Page with Jeff Kleinman
Insights and experience from our resident literary agent on how to create and maintain narrative momentum in your work.
16:30 – 18:00 Free Time to Write
Time to write, chat with your tutors and fellow participants and get inspired
(Salon, Gardens, Cafe or on our own)
18:00 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 in Registration).