Creative Writing Courses in the Vineyards of Tuscany and Sicily
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 and Fiction
All our locations feature exquisite and healthy Mediterranean diet and exciting Italian wines!
In Vino Veritas is a 6-night/7-day program of creative writing in a spectacular natural setting.
Choose from among our 4 dedicated locations:
Sicily Terra: Live among the vineyards just 1.5 hours outside Palermo, on an authentic feudal estate. Step into the past, and experience the world of Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Leopard. Take walks on the estate’s lands, with views of spectacular countryside, vineyards and hills.
Sicily Mare: On the island of Salina, live a natural experience surrounded by a vineyard of Malvasia grapes. In the stunning Eolian islands, you will find the serenity and the stimulation to create your best work yet.
Siena: Our stunning centrally located 18th century palace is the perfect backdrop for the writing workshops. Take a walk through the history and art of Siena as the Middle Ages and Renaissance come alive.
Tuscan Vineyards: 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.
Nota Bene Limited to 12 participants
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Write Your Memoir Five Minutes at a Time
Edvige Giunta has guided myriad writers who have undertaken the challenging but astoundingly rewarding memoir journey. During this weeklong workshop you will develop and deepen the writing craft and produce a memoir piece that may very well become the springboard for a future book-length manuscript or for a series of chapter-length memoirs. Using her accessible and proven hands-on approach that demystifies the writing process, Edvige Giunta will guide you through a series of focused writing prompts that will bring out stories you didn’t even know you carried inside yourself. Through mini-lessons in the craft of memoir, targeted editorial revisions, and invaluable writing suggestions, you will learn how to develop and sustain the kind of writing practice that is necessary to plan, write, and complete a memoir. The shorter writings you will produce during this week will become the pieces you will sew into the quilt of a moving and finely crafted memoir. Short guided meditations will sustain the whole writing experience. By the end of the workshop, you will have a draft of a memoir piece and a toolbox of writing strategies that will enable you to continue to work on your memoir independently. The memoirist in you will blossom.
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.
April Siena/Tuscany Fiction with Jonathan Levi 16 – 22 April
May Sicily Mare Fiction with Jonathan Levi 7 – 13 May
May Sicily Terra Memoir with Edvige Giunta 11 June – 17 June
July Siena/Tuscany Memoir with Edvige Giunta 30 July – 5 August
September Sicily Mare Fiction with Jonathan Levi 24 – 30 September
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
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