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.

Fiction with Alison MacLeod

Bring a Story to Life

Whatever your level of experience, this course will help you to tell the story you want to tell or to discover the story you’ve yet to imagine. You’ll reflect on, experiment with and grow more confident in the art and techniques of fiction-writing.

In seminars guided by an experienced novelist and short story writer, you’ll explore what brings a story to life, and the question of how writers create three-dimensional characters on the page. You’ll delve into some of the deep currents of fiction while also developing your skills in the practicalities of plotting, writing dialogue and editing your prose. Seminars will include talks by the instructor, group discussions, the reading of short fiction extracts, and writing tasks to encourage new writing and fresh approaches. You will also have the benefit of one-to-one dialogue about your work with the instructor.

Marta Orrantia

Marta Orrantia will team-teach with Jonathan Levi, thus allowing for Spanish-language writers to participate fully in the In Vino Veritas program. Marta is an experienced teacher of creative writing, and will put her skills at the disposal of participants, offering precious insights and suggestions.

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

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Breakfast

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Breakfast

Arrival

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Seminar

Reception

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Reading & Writing time / Activities

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Dinner

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Final Dinner

Reading (professor)

Reading (students)

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