Tuscany writing retreat

unlock the story within

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 adjoining 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 Tuscan chef (and accompanied by superb local wines), writing workshops, and a day trip to the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence.

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

a typical day in Tuscany

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Morning
8 - 9 a.m. - Breakfast
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Personal writing time

Afternoon
12 - 1 p.m. - Lunch
1 - 4 p.m. - Personal writing time, siesta
4 - 6 p.m. - Workshop

Evening
7 - 9 p.m. - Supper
9 - 10 p.m. - Salon

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

Imagine completing a marathon writing session followed by the succulent tastes of Tuscan bistecca fiorentina, ravioli alla checca and truffle cheese. 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 with a community of supportive fellow artists. Meet for supper. Read your work. And fall asleep to the sounds of... silence. Come and join us on this once in a lifetime journey to the Tuscany countryside and lose yourself in the world of your story!

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Florence Day Trip

Join us on a day trip to Florence where we will visit the Galleria dell'Accademia and dine at one of Florence's renowned trattorias. Buon Appetito!

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trip fees - EARLY BIRD ENDS 10/31/21

Retreat is limited to 16 writers. Partners are welcome! Retreat includes room, 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

two-bedroom cottages

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

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your teacher Alan Watt

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.

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