Programmes – Week One & Two

Which week is ideal for you and your writing practice? Find out more about the programmes here

Week One – Wednesday May 29th to Tuesday June 4th

Twelve lucky writers will join us at the stunning La Macchina Fissa for a series of workshops, one-to-one mentoring, and intimate writing sessions. Award-winning authors Jane Flett and Victoria Gosling will take you on a writing bootcamp with five brand new workshops. From generating new stories, to working with craft elements such as plot, and a final revision masterclass, the workshops are suitable for beginner and experienced writers alike.

Each writer will benefit from two one-to-one mentoring sessions (one with Victoria and  one with Jane)—a chance to dig deep and find the right direction for your work, whether your ambitions are to publish a book, commit to a regular practice, or simply find the joy in putting words on a page. And, lest the library and goats threaten to distract you, our regular Shut Up & Write sessions will be there to help you refocus. We’ll also have a reading and Q&A session with your tutors, and there’ll be a chance for you to share your own work.

Of course, there’ll be time to relax too. You’ll have one free day mid-week to explore the local area, play with the goats, read or write to your heart’s content. If you prefer to go further afield and have transport, Lake Garda is a 90-minute drive away. Mantova, home to stunning palazzos and beautiful churches, also makes a perfect day trip.

The week costs €695, but we’re offering a special early-bird price of €635 before March 1st.


“The retreat in 2018 was simply awesome. The location is stunning, the workshops are inspiring and I found a great balance between activities and having time to write. I consumed my weight in wine and goat products and came back a better writer for it.” – Dan


Week 2 – Wednesday June 5th to Tuesday June 11th

This is the week where you set your own timetable. Of course, meals and one-to-ones (two per student, one with Victoria and one with Jane) will be happening at set times, but you’ll be free to work on your project, wander the countryside or sit sipping coffee and writing to your own rhythm. Over the course of the retreat, there will be four optional group sessions (1-2 hours each) where you will read from your work, talk about the challenges you’re facing, share resources and tips, write together, or undertake writing exercises. Places are limited to twelve.

This week costs €565, or book before Mar 1st for an early bird price of €535.

To book either retreat (or both), contact

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