8th – 15th October 2022 – more than 4 places available
This week long creative writing retreat is designed to stimulate the imagination, awaken the creative senses and hone your practical writing technique. It is suited to all levels from complete beginners to more experienced writers. My approach is playful, stretching and hands-on. Daily workshops each morning will focus on a different aspect of the writer’s craft, from dialogue, description and character, to structure, momentum and plot, and there will be plenty of opportunities to try out new approaches through individual and group writing exercises. All participants will also have the chance to get tailored feedback on their writing in one-to-one sessions. Afternoons are free for your own writing, or simply to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Italian countryside. In the course of the retreat, you can expect to do lots of writing, lots of laughing, and leave fizzing with enthusiasm to pursue your own writing goals and dreams.
Rebecca is an award-winning author, journalist and literary critic. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oxford and is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her debut novel, Touching Distance (Picador, 2009), a medical thriller set in 18th century Scotland, won the MJA Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize for Literature. She is currently working on a novel set in Berlin and Palestine in the early decades of the 20th century and a stage play about the Russian writer Isaac Babel.
Rebecca’s most recent non-fiction book, The Jewish Journey: 4000 years in 22 objects (Ashmolean, 2017) is a history of the Jewish people told through museum artefacts. Other non-fiction works include Woman in a Man’s World (Methuen, 1996), The Playful Self: Why women need play in their lives (Fourth Estate, 1997), When Parents Die: Learning to live with the loss of a parent (Taylor & Francis, 3rd edition, 2012), and Three Shoes, One Sock and No Hairbrush: Everything you need to know about having your second child (Cassell, 2004).
Rebecca is a highly experienced and inspirational teacher of creative writing. She works with writers of all ages and abilities in groups and one-to-one and leads residential writing courses in the UK and abroad, including the Roseland Writing Project in Cornwall and Literary Adventures in Spain. She was Writer in Residence at Larkmead School, Abingdon from 2010-12, Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library from 2013-14, and an Honorary Teaching Fellow on the acclaimed Writing Programme at Warwick University from 2007-10.
Alongside writing and teaching, she is a regular literary critic for the Financial Times. She has written for the national press for many years and is a former columnist for the Daily Telegraph and feature writer for the Guardian. She also worked for the BBC as a producer and presenter and is the recipient of an Amnesty International Press Award.
Find out more about Rebecca here.
Prices start from €1,575 per person which includes the following:
- All tuition fees
- 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation – see our rooms here
- Transportation to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop) based on everyone being transferred at the same time*
- 5 day writing tuition
- All meals including breakfast, lunch and evening meals
- Delicious local house wine lunch and evening meals
- All drinks other than wine, water and teas & coffee with meals
- Travel insurance, which is highly recommended
*Included in the price is ONE group transfer on the day of arrival and departure. We organise pick up times based on the majority of the group’s arrival time either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops.
We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.
If your arrival time doesn’t coincide with the majority of the group or you are arriving a day or so earlier the options are:
1. We can schedule a pick up at an additional cost of €150
2. Take a taxi from outside the airport which will cost in the region of €250
3. Take a train from the airport to Ancona train station and from there take the train to Pedaso where we can arrange a pick up for €60
4. Hire a car from the airport
If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.
Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms MUST be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure. Departure time from the hotel will be set based on the majority of the group. Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.