10-day Tuscany retreat

10-Day Tuscany Writing Retreat With Alan Watt
May 16th - 25th, 2022

Our 2022 spring retreat is sold out. Please join the waiting list below for our 2023 retreat.



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 it's 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 retreat includes your own private room, three meals a day prepared by our personal 5-star Tuscan chef (and accompanied by superb local wines), writing workshops, and a day trip to Florence where we will shop, visit a museum, and enjoy supper at an acclaimed Florentine ristorante.

There are opportunities to book a Tuscan cooking class, hot-air ballooning, wine tastings, horseback riding in the countryside, truffle hunting and shopping at the world-famous luxury outlet "The Mall."

"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



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

12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch
1 - 6 p.m. - Personal writing time, siesta, or day trip

6 - 9 p.m. - Supper and Nightly Salon

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

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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Florence Day Trip

Join us on a day trip to Florence where we we will shop, visit a museum, and dine at one of Florence's renowned trattorias. Buon Appetito!

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trip fees (late reg. begins 12/01/2021)

Retreat is limited to 16 writers. Partners are welcome! Retreat includes accommodation, meals, and workshops for writers. Travel is not included.

Single Room: $5565, late-reg $5965

Shared Room (for one writer + guest): $7445, late-reg $7945

Shared Room (for two writers): $8245, late-reg $8745

A non-refundable $2500 downpayment is due to hold your spot. The remainder is due by 10/31/2021. Unless the retreat is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, there are no refunds for this 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 the American Library Association's Alex Award, Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers and France's Prix Printemps for best foreign novel. My book, The 90-Day Novel was Amazon's #1 book on writing for five months. Along with The 90-Day Novel, the lab has published five books on writing: The 90-Day Screenplay, The 90-Day Rewrite, The 90-Day Play and My First Novel. My new book, The 90-Day Memoir will be released in 2022.

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.

Our Spring 2022 Tuscany retreat is sold out. Please join the 2023 waitlist for updates.