The Art of Writing – June 3rd – 8th 2018

The Art of Writing is growing and ever-changing but one feature that we love is the number of people who come back – on our last retreat we had three returning writers – who said they just wanted to share the experience again.

We love that!


What to expect?

The Art of Writing offers morning lectures on writing, individual coaching sessions in the afternoon and guest speakers in the evening.

Our aim is to nurture you, your writing skills and your project. We want to inspire you to write more and teach you how to improve, without feeling intimidated.

Be it a novel you hope to see published, help with a story that’s stalled, an idea that you need time to dream about, even a blog that you want to improve; this retreat is about refining your skills.

Morning workshops discuss:

  • Writing from a sense of place
  • Character development
  • Structure and drafting
  • Memoirs and research; collecting, collating and recounting stories
  • Point of view and dialogue

Early evening workshops combine discussion and lectures from guest speakers that specialise in blogging and internet presence.

Afternoon and Evening Skype sessions with literary agents in the US and Australia, as well as publishers in London discuss contracts, providing advice on foreign rights, the life of copyright and the global market. US agents discuss the biggest holes in the manuscripts they receive.

We also explore the constantly changing world of E-books and self-publishing and what could be the best indie route for you.

Our writers retreats are international. Our past attendees have been from Scotland, England, America, Italy, South Africa, Guatemala, The Netherlands and Australia. Our attendees must all have an excellent grasp of English but they can write in whatever language they prefer.

Depending on your personal goals, Lisa Clifford will guide you on where to publish and how.

Cocktail hour is shared every evening before dinner with your fellow attendees and visiting authors. There is also time for relaxation in 2018 by visiting sites and restaurants in Florence – please feel free to ask me for advice on this!

You can stay in your own private apartment in Palazzo San Nicolo or a place of your choice elsewhere in Florence. This event is also perfect for people who live in Florence and to share writing experiences with other writers – or even be inspired to get going on their long-term projects!

Our June 3rd – 8th 2018 – Art of Writing Course has best selling Author Jane Corry as our specialist Tutor and Inspirational Speaker Matthew Ferrara, who has twice been on an Art of Writing retreat is also there to offer Inspiration.

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