In Vino Veritas

Creative writing courses in the vineyards

Uncork your creative spirit!

Immerse yourself in the inspiring landscape of a vineyard and let the creative juices flow! Whether you are currently working on a novel or memoir, or just starting out, we offer creative writing workshops in English and Italian.
Focus on: Memoir Writing or Fiction
All our locations feature exquisite and healthy Mediterranean diet and exciting Italian wines!

About

In Vino Veritas is a 6-night/7-day program of creative writing in a spectacular natural setting.
Choose to live among the rolling hills of Tuscany at a winemaker’s estate where you are free to roam the gardens and take  walks in the vineyards. Breathe the inspiring aromas of  Tuscan cuisine and wines to create your best work yet..

Read more about the program.

Fiction with Jonathan Levi

Stories

We love stories, whether they come from the imagination, the world around us, or the world within. Applicants to the Stories workshop should bring stories-in-progress—anything from ideas to drafts of short fiction. The week will focus on the tools of language and structure, with the aim of strengthening the writer’s voice, training it not only for the privacy of the shower but for the public stage of La Scala.

Story with Alison MacLeod

Alison MacLeod is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and academic.  Her most recent book, All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury UK & USA/Penguin Canada), was shortlisted for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and for The 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for best short story collection in the UK and Ireland.  It was also named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’.  Her novel, Unexploded (Penguin UK/Canada), was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction, named one of the Observer‘s ‘Books of the Year’, and serialised for BBC radio.  MacLeod has served as a judge for numerous literary prizes and awards, and has appeared at literary festivals worldwide.  She has been an occasional contributor to The Sunday Times, the Guardian, and several BBC programmes.

Marta Orrantia

Marta Orrantia is a Colombian writer and journalist, the founding editor of Gatopardo magazine and editorial director of Rolling Stone in the Andean region. Her most recent novel, Mañana no te presentes (Don’t Show Up Tomorrow), deals with the taking of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá in 1985. She teaches in the Masters’ Program of Creative Writing at both the Universidad Nacional and Universidad Central in Bogotá.

Sessions

September 1 – 7: with Alison MacLeod
 September 15-21: with Jonathan Levi and Marta Orrantia

Schedule

Mornings are dedicated to seminars. Lunch 1 – 3
Afternoons are free for reading, writing, relaxation, sports, additional activities, solitude
Motivation: Evenings are devoted to readings and group support

Sunday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Breakfast

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Breakfast

Arrival

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Seminar

Reception

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Departure

Reading & Writing time / Activities

Reading & Writing time / Activities

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Dinner

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Final Dinner

Reading (professor)

Reading (students)

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