10-Day Tuscany Writing Retreat With Alan Watt
May 16th - 25th, 2022
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."
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
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.
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.
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!
Retreat is limited to 16 writers. Partners are welcome! Retreat includes accommodation, meals, and workshops for writers. Travel is not included.
Single Room: $4865 Earlybird, $5265 Regular
Shared Room (for one writer + guest): $6745 Earlybird, $7245 Regular
Shared Room (for two writers): $7545 Earlybird, $8145 Regular
We have two spacious 2-bedroom cottages with ensuite bathrooms available. These are 250-year-old converted stone barns with living room, kitchen and fireplace, and all the modern amenities.
Cottage for two (for one writer + guest): $10870 Earlybird, $11270 Regular
Cottage for two (for two writers): $11370 Earlybird, $11770 Regular
Each additional non-writer guest: $1890 Earlybird, $2340 Regular
Each additional writing attendee: $2690 Earlybird, $3290 Regular
Alan is known as the Writer Whisperer.
He is the writer/director of the 2018 award-winning feature film, Interior Night, which won four Best Feature awards at U.S. film festivals in New York, Breckenridge, Cleveland and Catalina, as well as The Boston Film Festival’s Visionary Award.
He's an L.A. Times Bestselling novelist for Diamond Dogs, which won France’s Prix Printemps for best foreign novel of 2004.
The story lives within you.
I help you find it.