Tuscany Spring 2023

10-Day Tuscany Writing Retreat With Alan Watt
May 15th - 24th, 2023

Our 2022 spring retreat is sold out. If you're interested in our 2023 retreat, please sign up below for updates.

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Join us for the experience of a lifetime. Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, 28 kilometers outside of Florence, sits Podere le Rondini, one of Tuscany's most acclaimed villas, and winner of the tourism industry's Certificate of Excellence for the last five consecutive years.

Set on twelve hectares and containing its own winery and olive farm, this stunning eighteenth-century Tuscan villa contains nine bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, and all the modern amenities including a large outdoor swimming pool.

This ten day all-inclusive writing retreat includes your own private room with en suite bathroom, three meals a day prepared by our 5-star Tuscan chef (and accompanied by superb regional wines), 24-hour concierge service, writing workshops, and a day trip to Florence.

"This retreat was like a dream. The villa, the food, the skies, the workshops, the writing, every bit of it magical. The awareness and opening up of my story would not be possible without Al's insight and support. My gratitude for this amazing experience, as well as Al's beautiful way of teaching, is immeasurable. Enjoy life - It's Oh, So Good!"
Piper Norwood

"Al Watt's 10-day Tuscany writing retreat was a dream come true. Upon stepping out of the taxi at the Villa, I immediately felt a warm welcome from Al and fellow writers, all of whom I had never met. Al has a deep sense of story and a passion to match. His teaching style is sure to wake the writer up to their own story. No matter where you are with your writing, Al will illuminate your path."
Jessica Pappas

"The retreat was incredible for all the expected reasons, the time to write and the food and drink. It was magical for what I wasn't expecting - the chance to connect with the most amazing people that Al always seems to attract."
Homa Mojtabai

"Ten days at one of the most beautiful villas in all of Tuscany, a lifetime trip, was a distant second to the incredible people, incredible writers, and incredible teacher. I have known Al's teaching to be powerful and insightful. Having a full ten days of writing and workshops was an immersion that helped transform my understanding of the writing process. The food, the wine, the villa — couldn't have been better! Thank you, Al!"
Leigh Collier

A TYPICAL DAY IN TUSCANY

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Morning
8 - 9 a.m. - Breakfast
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Workshop

Afternoon
12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch
1 - 6 p.m. - Personal writing time

Evening
6 - 9 p.m. - Supper and nightly salon

Craft Workshops Include:
Unlock the Story Within
Story Structure
Transformation
Dilemma
The Art of the Rewrite

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UNLOCK THE STORY WITHIN

A gentle breeze wafts through your open window, and as you complete a satisfying writing session your senses are awakened by the rich scent of bistecca fiorentina, grilled vegetables and truffles wafting from the kitchen. You pass through the dining room where a fire is crackling and the table is being set for the evening. Some of your fellow writers are lounging and enjoying a glass of wine before dinner. You pour a glass and join them - with the characters from your story still thrumming inside you. You're in that state of half-listening, half-absorbing, slowly returning to the world outside your imagination. You take a bite from the charcuterie plate and you emit a deep sigh.

You're here.

And tonight you're going to read a section from your work-in-progress to a rapt audience of fellow writers who are here to support you and to share their encouragement. Come and join us on this once in a lifetime journey to the Tuscany countryside and lose yourself in the world of your story.

Take a siesta, go for a swim in the pool, or just stroll through the twelve-hectare property of olive trees and ancient vineyards. Quiet your mind. Listen to the story that lives fully and completely within you. Meet for a writing workshop with Al on story structure, explore your protagonist’s dilemma, experience the breakthrough that the clamor of daily life was not permitting to emerge. Laugh. Cry. Share your work. And fall asleep to the sounds of . . . silence.

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trip fees (early reg. opens 08/01/2022)

Retreat is limited to 20 writers. Partners are welcome! Retreat includes accommodation, meals, and workshops for writers. Travel is not included.

Single Room: $5965

Shared Room (for one writer + guest): $7945

Shared Room (for two writers): $8945

The shopping cart opens 08/01/2022, with a non-refundable $2500 deposit due to hold your spot. The remainder is due by 10/31/2022.

meet your teacher Alan Watt

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Hi, I'm Al. They call me the Writer Whisperer.

I'm the bestselling author of the novels, Diamond Dogs and Days Are Gone, and the recipient of several awards including France's Prix Printemps for best foreign novel. Along with The 90-Day Novel, (Amazon's #1 book on writing for five months) the lab has published five other books on writing. I teach a process of marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of structure, and my students span the range from first-time writers to best-selling authors and filmmakers who've won numerous accolades for their work including the Pulitzer Prize.

I’m also the writer/director of the independent feature film, Interior Night, which won four best feature awards at U.S. film festivals as well as The Boston Film Festival's Filmmaker Visionary Award. Oh, I also had a small part on Seinfeld back in the 90s, when I had a thick lustrous head of chestnut hair. It's the Chinese gum episode. I'm the movie theater vendor who sells Kramer the vile hotdog.

Registration for Spring 2023 opens August 1st, 2022. Please register here for updates.

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