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Author, Writer, Reader Retreat in Italy

You don't have to be a writer to love stories like one.

You don't have to be an author to live the writer's life. 

You can be anybody. 

You can be you.

Join us.

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The Writer's Life is For Everyone!
Even Readers

The Details: Where? When? How Much? What makes this special?

The Villa Saraceno

This spectacular villa was built by Andrea Palladio around 1550, Click for floorplan and views. 

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One Hour from Verona &1-1/2 hours from Venice. Linen, parking, shower, bath washing machine, full kitchen, Dogs welcome!

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Where? How Much? What does that get me?

$3500 for 7 nights, Local chefs Fabio & Elena, prepare a buffet breakfast and Italian and local for a 4-course Dinner. Writing Instruction. Table service and cleanup. No internet. Connectivity Information here.

Alcohol is extra. Lovely people.

We are authors, professors, and story enthusiasts--if you need something to make you happy and comfortable please bring it. 

Instruction, Discussion, Participation

Prior to the retreat, writers can submit an idea, a five-hundred-word summary of a novel/short story collection/memoir/narrative non-fiction, and ten pages of writing. You decide what you want to work on. 
An Agent, as well as Award Winning and Best Selling Authors & Readers, will read and provide feedback through one-on-one and group workshopping.

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Who is teaching?

Authors, Bestsellers, professors, and an Agent

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Rachel McMillian

When not working as a literary agent for William K Jensen Literary Agency, Rachel is writing and has authored several works of fiction and non-fiction. An advocate for writes and authors, she knows the publishing business from both sides of the fence.

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Ann Garvin, Ph.D.

Ann has taught everything from health to writing to leadership at several universities, colleges, and conferences in the US and abroad. She is the author of 5 books and the founder of the Tall Poppy Writers.

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Amy Impellezzeri

After 13 years as a successful litigator in NYC Amy transitioned from lawyer to author of both fiction and non-fiction. She is a writing professor at Drexel's MFA program and speaks widely making writing a career.

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Is this retreat for you?

This writing/reading retreat is the perfect blend of relaxation and learning. Nestled in a beautiful Italian villa, attendees will be able to enjoy delicious, locally-sourced meals and fine Italian wines while participating in writing workshops and lectures led by experienced authors. This retreat is ideal for readers, writers, and authors who are looking to recharge and get inspired. Sign up for our waiting list and announcements of other retreats at the bottom of this page. 

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About the retreat.


October 16 - 23, 2023

  • The Italian writers retreat will take place from October 16th to October 23rd, 2023.

  • Strong Cell Phone Coverage. There is no internet-information for telephone usage and hotspots included 

  • Wine can be purchased separately and is not part of the price of the retreat.

  • The cost of the retreat is $3500, which includes all meals prepared by a 2 professional chefs.

  • Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the retreat location.

  • The retreat organizers reserve the right to make changes to the schedule and/or speakers as needed.

  • Half Payment for the retreat is due to hold your spot. The second half is due August 1st.

  • Cancellations made more than 60 days before the start of the retreat will be refunded in full, minus a $100 processing fee. Cancellations made within 30 days of the start of the retreat will not be eligible for a refund.

  • The retreat organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during the retreat.

  • By participating in the retreat, participants agree to allow the organizers to use any photographs or recordings taken during the retreat for promotional purposes.

  • The retreat organizers are educators and authors devoted to guiding and advice. They are not concierge or hospitality engineers. Bring what you must have to be comfortable and they will do their best to help you. 

  • These terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of the retreat organizers.

  • These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Italy. Any disputes arising under or in connection with these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Italian courts.

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