Albergo Ristorante Leso

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Piazza XIII comuni, 32, 37021 Valdiporro, Verona

Escape to Italy to Write

Mon 7th – Sun 13th October 2019

Struggling to finish your novel? Unsure as to why? 

This trouble-shooting retreat for frustrated novelists can help

(BUT PLEASE HURRY – THERE ARE ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT

See below for details…)

All work and no play making your novel a dull read?

“I have written two novels to date, one of which I think may have some mileage but with necessary revisions to the plot and central character but not sure how to effect these changes…” says one woman from Scotland.

“…am on my second novel but stuck on it!” writes another.

Aside from both feeling stuck with their novels, these women have something else in common. 

They’re coming along to our trouble-shooting retreat this October to solve their writing woes. 

Do you feel this way about your current work in progress?

You’re likely too close to your work to see the problems. Much less how to solve them.

The good news is that you don’t have to go round in circles. Or start chasing your family with an axe, like Jack Nicholson in that Shining movie…

Instead, creative writing tutor, author and publisher Amanda Saint has crafted this exclusive writing retreat in Italy. To help you…

  • See and solve your story issues
  • Grip your reader and never let go
  • Create characters that leap off the page
  • Develop the right pace for your story
  • Write the very best version of the book that’s inside you

The two women I quoted above will be there to work through the problems with their novels.

They’ll be joined by a half dozen other authors. All of them looking to get that breakthrough in their work. And to get to know other aspiring novelists – just like you. 

Don’t you want to join them? 

You need the right tutor

If you know Amanda, you know she’s a great creative writing teacher.

With a great reputation.

She’s been teaching the subject for years.

She runs creative writing courses, workshops and competitions through her company Retreat West.

She’s the publisher and commissioning editor at Retreat West Books.

She’s worked as an editor on hundreds of manuscripts in many genres.

She’s had two novels published, As If I Were A River and Remember Tomorrow. As well as many flash fictions and short stories.

She also works with Jericho Writers. And she developed the Ultimate Novel Writing Course with screenwriter C M Taylor.

Praise for Amanda

More important is the impact she’s had on the writers she teaches. Here’s what previous students say about her retreats:

“A rare and blissful opportunity to focus on my writing and give my novel the time and attention it needed… Wonderful in every way.”
Chloe Esposito
Author of the Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know Trilogy. (Published by Penguin Books and optioned by Sony Pictures.)
“I have enjoyed many retreats with Amanda.”
Ruby Speechley
Award-winning writer
“I really enjoyed, and learned from, the retreat. Thank you for all the work you put in to make it work.”
David Thomas
New writer and aspiring author

Are you ready to make that breakthrough?

To get the magic in your head down on the page?

To make it better than you previously thought possible?

If you are, come and join Amanda this October. 

Escape

To the Italian Alps, close to the beautiful city of Verona. Far away from your day-to-day stress, where you’ll enjoy:

• A large, luxurious, en-suite room with your own writing desk.

• Breath-taking and inspiring views.

• Woodland trails and nature walks in every direction.

Write

Get inside the structure and story of your book. Live and breathe your characters. All with daily workshops and exercises to unlock your creative flow:

• How to plan and outline your novel.

• How to make your characters complex and consistent so they seem like real people.

• Find your characters’ distinctive voices.

Indulge

Sample traditional recipes in the hotel restaurant, run by the same family for over 200 years:

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

• Enjoy all the delights of Italian cuisine, plus a few recipes you’ve never tried before.

• Relax over a glass of local wine from Italy’s most celebrated wine region. (House wine included in your package; other wines incur an extra charge.)

What’s involved

During this 6-night retreat, you learn to plot and outline your novel.

You learn to bring your characters to life.

And you learn to give your novel real pace, depth and un-putdown-ability.

You get four intensive 3-hour group workshops to hone your skills.

You also get a 45-minute face-to-face session with Amanda. Discuss your work and any areas you want help with.

You get to rub shoulders with other ambitious writers – just like you.

And it all takes place in a small, family-owned hotel called Albergo Leso, famous locally for its traditional food. 

The structure of the retreat

Arrive at the hotel. Enjoy a glass of wine and settle in.

Get to know your fellow guests. Chat with Amanda. Explore the area a little. Relax.

08.00 – 09.30: Breakfast

09.30 – 12.30: Writing workshop

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 19.30: Free to write or explore the area

19.30 – 21.00: Dinner

08.00 – 09.30: Breakfast

09.30 – 12.30: Writing workshop

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

14.00 – 18.00: One-to-one sessions available

19.30 – 21.00:  Dinner

08.00 – 09.30: Breakfast

09.30 – 13.00: One-to-one sessions available

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 19.30: Free to write or explore the area

19.30 – 21.00: Dinner

08.00 – 09.30: Breakfast

09.30 – 12.30: Writing workshop

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

14.00 – 17.30: One-to-one sessions available

19.30 – 21.00: Dinner

08.00 – 09.30: Breakfast

09.30 – 12.30: Writing workshop

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 19.30: Free to write or explore the area

19.30 – 21.00: Dinner

08.00 – 09.30: Breakfast

10.00 – 11.00: Check out and leave for the airport

Only 2 places remain on this Trouble-shooting Retreat For Frustrated Novelists

Until now, this offer was open only to Amanda’s followers and subscribers.

Now we’ve opened it up to everyone. And there are only 2 places left. So please don’t wait too long to claim yours. I’d hate you to miss out if you are interested.

You know, maybe you’re not stuck on your novel. Maybe you’re looking to improve your craft.

Or maybe you just need some time and space in the right location to get your creative juices flowing.

You wouldn’t be alone. Take this example of another woman who’s attending in October, and who wrote:

“I am really looking forward to having some time to myself and spending it somewhere beautiful.” 

Want to join your fellow writers in a beautiful, peaceful environment? Then please act today to be sure of your place. 

Your exclusive offer:

  • Twelve hours of workshops. Plus a 45-minute one-to-one with author, publisher and creative writing tutor Amanda Saint.
  • Discover how to create a simple yet flexible 10-point plot structure.
  • Gain the tools you need to write more compelling and emotional stories. 
  • Enjoy stunning views and delicious food in an unspoiled corner of Italy.
  • Meet and bond with 9 like-minded writers and make new, supportive friends.

BOOK TODAY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

6-NIGHT RETREAT WITH 

EN-SUITE DOUBLE ROOM *

(* 2 double rooms available)

£799

October Writing Retreat

Mon 7th – Sun 13th October, 2019

Email Damien at the hotel Albergo Leso to pay (see below for details)

6-NIGHT RETREAT WITH

EN-SUITE SINGLE ROOM *

(* Sorry – no more single rooms available)

£749 SOLD OUT

October Writing Retreat

Mon 7th – Sun 13th October, 2019

Email Damien at the hotel Albergo Leso to pay (see below for details)

HOW TO PAY

– Please contact Damien at the hotel Albergo Leso to pay the full fee.

Click here or on the button below to go to the hotel’s contact form.

* You can also use this contact form if you have any questions about the retreat