Ever dreamt about being a writer at work in Venice? Give yourself time to wander the city in the footsteps of writers and film makers as diverse as Byron, Hemingway, Daphne du Maurier, Donna Leon, Nicolas Roeg, Fellini, and Woody Allen and most importantly, give yourself time to write.
Whether you are writing fiction or creative non-fiction, or for film and television, the Venice Writing Retreat will give you something infinitely precious, time out of your busy daily life and responsibilities, and the space to work on your own writing in an inspiring environment, with individual mentoring.
Join us from Wednesday 6 September 2017 to Wednesday 13 September 2017 for some intense and creative writing at the historic Palazzo Albrizzi in the heart of Venice.
The palazzo, built at the end of the seventeenth century by a noble Venetian family, has remained in the family ever since, and has impressive literary credentials. Lord Byron frequented literary conversazione and receptions held by Countess Albrizzi, herself an author. Of course, Byron can no longer enjoy literary conversazione and receptions at Palazzo Albrizzi, nor can he relish the romance of wandering Venice for creative inspiration. That’s for us to do. Not far from the Grand Canal, the palazzo commands its own small square in the quiet of a lovely neighbourhood mid-way between the Grand Canal and the Guidecca Canal.
What you can expect? Inspiration. Encouragement. Support. Feedback.
Each day will start, after a leisurely Venetian breakfast, with a group talk and discussion, led by novelist Jo-Anne Richards and story consultant and scriptwriter Richard Beynon or travel writer and non-fiction specialist Fred de Vries. You’ll be free to write for the rest of the day in the palazzo, or in any inspiring corner of Venice that you choose. Each writer will have a daily one-on-one mentoring session with Richard, Jo-Anne or Fred. To those who don’t have an existing project, we offer daily creative exercises with feedback, or brainstorming sessions. The schedule is designed to provide you with the skills, tools and inspiration every writer needs to craft a story.
Sign up for the Venice Writing Retreat now and devote a week to being a writer at work in Venice