June 2019 Retreat Schedule

June 2019 Program Highlights

(Workshop Times and Topics Subject to Changes)

Sunday June 2, 2019

15:00 Reading Great Literature (For Early Arrivals)
In the Garden

16:00 Special Guest Emiko Davies, Author of Tortellini at Midnight will host a chat about her journey as a food writer, photographer, Florence resident, journalist and more. 
In the Garden

18:00 Registration 
In Reception Area

18:30 Welcome Dinner
Included in Registration
Location TBD

Monday June 3, 2019

07:00 Photography Walk with Matthew Ferrara
Meet in Reception Area

08:00 Pitch Your Project
Pitch your book idea to Jeff Kleinman, Literary Agent and get feedback on your project. By appointment. 

09:30 Get Started, Keep Going with Shelley Weiner 
Why write? Inspiration, impetus, and overcoming resistance. Tenacity and curiosity are the keys – but technique is vital. Lively interactive workshops are designed to bring to life Five Essential Foundations which form the basis for all fiction.

Character, character, character with Shelley Weiner
It’s the springboard to narrative: the invention of fully rounded characters that will transport us through your story and carry the reader along.
Salon

10:30 Narrative and Dialogue with Shelley Weiner
Hearing your characters talk. Dialogue is conflict; it’s what characters do to one another and must be pointed, intentional, and relevant. Insightful exercises bring it alive.
Salon

11:30 Coffee and Tea Break

12:00 Taste Every Word with Lisa Clifford
Food can carry a story forward. Not only the actual food, but the process of eating, dining and sharing a meal. Food used in a social sense can reveal much about people’s relationships with each other. When you include a meal in your story, the possibilities are endless.
Salon

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
Locations nearby Palazzo San Niccolo 

15:00 Unlock Your Creativity with Matthew Ferrara
Spark your creativity with quick word exercises and techniques for building sentences with punch, paragraphs that draw readers into your story and descriptions that bring scenes alive.
Salon

16:00 – 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 – 19:00 Conversations with a Literary Agent: Agent 101
Get an insider’s view of the publishing space with a special industry guest, Jeff Kleinman. Learn how to boil your book down to a sentence or two that will not only provide focus for your book, but allow others to talk about it more effectively.  Also learn tips for finding and working with an agent, author/agent agreement terms and what to expect when working with an agent.
Salon

Tuesday June 4, 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 – 13:00  Writing from a Sense of Place with Lisa Clifford
Enjoy a tour of the San Lorenzo food markets, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and outdoor cafes to develop a writer’s “sense of place.” Workshop starts in the Salon and becomes a walking tour with lunch along the way. 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.) 

The Importance of Setting with Shelley Weiner
Characters need a place in which to live out their destiny, but readers often find slabs of description boring. Discover how to filter your setting through your character’s eyes.

Narrative Structure, Causality and Time with Shelley Weiner
When a character wants something he or she can’t get, we have a story, one that is set in a place – and in time. That is narrative structure demystified: a chance to explore the seven basic plots and more.

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
Locations in Florence 

15:00 Connect the Arts with Matthew Ferrara
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.
Salon

16:00 – 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 – 19:00 Building a Voice that Speaks with a Jeff Kleinman
A nuts-and-bolts dialogue with our resident Literary Agent on how to build a distinctive narrative voice in the literary world.
Salon

Wednesday June 5, 2019

07:00 Photography Tour with Matthew Ferrara
Meet in Reception Area

08:00 Pitch Your Project
Pitch your book idea to Jeff Kleinman, Literary Agent and get feedback on your project. By appointment. 

09:30 Who Tells the Story and How with Shelley Weiner
First person? Third person? Past tense or present? The choices that face the writer of fiction, and the advantages – or disadvantages – vividly illustrated.

Sustaining momentum with Shelley Weiner
Where do we go from here? Tips and techniques to keep the words flowing, to stay on track along the uncertain but exciting pathway that is the writing life.
Salon

10:30 Your First Line Matters
“It was the best of times.” “It was love at first sight.” “It was a pleasure to burn.” Your first line is the hook that captures your reader’s attention and draws them in. Learn how to write powerful opening lines that will resonate with your readers forever.
Salon

11:30 Coffee and Tea Break

12:00 The Art of Memoirs with Lisa Clifford
Learn 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.
Salon

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
Locations nearby Palazzo San Niccolo 

15:00 The Writer’s Platform with Matthew Ferrara
Learn 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. 
Salon

16:00 – 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 – 19:00 Create Characters so Real You’ll Be Tempter to Claim Them As Dependents
Our resident literary agent hosts a conversation full of tips on how the best writers create believable, empathetic characters.
Salon

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. 
Salon

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.     
Salon

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. 
Salon

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.
Salon

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). 

 

We recommend booking your accommodation at least to depart on Friday so you can enjoy the Celebration Dinner the night before with us.

Note: Optional additional photography and food tour workshops may also be offered this day, at an additional fee.    

All sessions held at Palazzo San Niccolo unless otherwise noted. Dinners may be at walkable location nearby. 

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