Tuscany 2023


8-Day Tuscany Writing Retreat With Alan Watt
May 13 - 20, 2023

If you're interested in our 2023 retreat, please join the list below for updates.



"Perhaps the truth depends upon a walk around the lake." - Wallace Stevens

Imagine the moment Galileo discovered that the earth was round. Imagine the exhilaration of seeing something in a new way, in a way that would literally alter our relationship to the way we see the world.

On the surface, writing your truth seems like a fine idea. But, the truth comes at a price. Thus, we sometimes have blind spots, areas that seem too tender to explore, areas that keep us anchored to fixed ideas and separate from truths that can deepen our relationship to our creative work.

The theme for Tuscany 2023 is Write Your Truth. In this eight-day retreat you will go deep, weaknesses will become strengths, and you will step into your true power and discover how you are uniquely qualified to write your story.

“Your story arrived as an invitation to let go of a limiting belief of yourself or the world."

Join us for the experience of a lifetime. Near the village of Montespertoli, just outside of Florence, sits Podere le Rondini, a working winery and olive farm and recipient of the tourism industry's Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

This 8-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, and an opportunity to spend time and share your work with other warm-hearted generous artists.


"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 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

"Being 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. The workshops were 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



8 - 9 a.m. - Breakfast
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Workshop

12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch
5 - 6 p.m. - Informal workshop, wine and antipasti

6 - 8:30 p.m. - Supper and nightly salon



A gentle breeze wafts through your open window. As you complete a satisfying writing session your senses are awakened by the rich scents of grilled vegetables 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. 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 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.

trip fees (early reg. opens 10/20/2022 and ends 11/30/2022)

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

Single Room in Villa: Reg price: $5495 Early reg: $4865

Shared Room in Villa (for 1 writer + guest): Reg price: $7995 Early reg: $7445

Two-bedroom cottage (add $850 per guest)

The shopping cart opens 10/20/2022, with a non-refundable $2500 deposit due to hold your spot. The remainder is due by 01/13/2023.


Questions about the 2023 retreat?

meet your teacher Alan Watt

alan watt standing in front of an L.A. Hillside smiling, hand in pocket

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.