Retreat Date: 27th April - 4th May 2019

Enjoy the space to be inspired.

Your Beautiful Writing Life retreats offer you the time and space to listen to what you need in terms of balancing writing time, of which there is plenty of space for, with things like sightseeing or pampering. There's plenty of downtime factored into our time together if that's what you prefer. And for those of you needing or craving a bit more support, that will be available too. 

You'll have all the time and space to nurture your creativity while developing your craft. 

A typical retreat day looks like this:

The below serves as an example only. If you prefer to skip a workshop and/or writing block and spend the morning sightseeing or reading a book, no problem!

7:30am Enjoy breakfast at your own pace. Enjoy a typical Italian breakfast of sweet pastries (yes, that's correct!) like brioche, croissants or cream filled doughnuts and coffee/tea, or cereal and toast with orange juice and/or seasonal fruit. Prefer free range eggs? No problem, we'll ensure you have them. 

8:30am Meditation on the lawn (optional)

9:00am Morning Writing Workshop (as per schedule outlined in the Retreat Program) or jump straight into writing or sightseeing.

10:00am - 12:00pm Writing Block

12:00 - 2:30pm Lunch and free time. Go sightseeing into Florence, Siena, San Gimignano have a swim in the pool, or retreat indoors for a siesta. Prefer to keep writing? No problem. Stay in and let the words flow. Note: In Italy, many shops close after lunch for the riposo, or rest period, and re-open in the early afternoon.

2:30pm - 5:00pm Writing Block

6:00pm Regroup by the poolside for our evening aperitif (optional)

8:30pm Dinner at a local restaurant or use the villa's cooking facilities to share a meal at home with your retreat companions. Food and cooking is such a big part of the Italian culture, it's the way companionship is formed, and it's how life is celebrated, so be sure to be ready to show off your signature recipes! I make wonderful lasagna!

Writing Support

Your Beautiful Writing Life is all about you. The aim of these retreats is to provide you with a highly individualised experience, tailored to your specific needs as a writer. Workshops and activities are completely optional. You may participate in as much or as little of the program as you like. This is your time. Enjoy!

Personalised Feedback on Your Work

Each retreat attendee will have the chance to submit up to 20 manuscript pages for written and oral feedback. Your pages will be critiqued by me before the beginning of the retreat. I will then set aside some time during our time away where I will be available for one:ones to discuss your work in a personalised feedback session. Again, this is optional!


The Workshops

In addition to personalised feedback I'll also be running a session on pitching and querying. You can also expect informal discussions around aspects of writing craft, and these topics will be determined once I have an idea of what members of the group need.

Drawing on my training as a Life Coach, my workshops will also focus on helping writers get into the right mindset when it comes to approaching their writing. I love helping writers tap into their creativity and bring their words to the page by learning to trust themselves and work with their self-doubt. We'll be practicing meditation each morning, and you'll also learn to add this to your writer's toolkit as a wonderful resource to help you clear your head and get into writing mode.

During our time away, I'll be offering the following workshops:

  • Tapping Into Your Creativity, Trusting Yourself, & Working With Self-Doubt: This workshop covers a range of techniques for overcoming writer's block and how to find inspiration when you're feeling a little lost.

  • Path to Publication: I'll share tips and information on querying agents and submitting to publishers.

  • Pre and post retreat one:one coaching session to ensure you come to retreat feeling supported and prepared, and return home feeling the same way.

  • Plotting Your Novel for those of you that need a refresher or are just getting started.

  • Hooking Your Reader with Your First Five Pages

  • Writing Exercises

Writing craft topics I'm passionate about sharing also include: Crafting emotional scenes, bringing setting to life, coming up with a great hook for your story, social media for authors.

What's included:

  • 7 nights accommodation a private room

  • All meals

  • Workshops and coaching sessions as outlined in the Retreat Program

  • Feedback on your writing and one on one time with Vanessa

  • Traditional onsite pasta making workshop

  • Morning meditation

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Poolside aperitifs each evening

  • Airfares not included

Breakfast foods will consist of the following: brioche, cereal, toast, yoghurt, seasonal fruit, and/or coffee or tea.

A variety of ingredients will be provided to make nutritious lunches to fuel afternoon creativity.

All the ingredients for dinner will also be provided.  Enjoy preparing and eating a meal with the rest of the group, or if you are keen to keep writing, you are free to make your own meal when it suits you. 

Tea, coffee and snacks will also be provided at no extra cost.

Optional extras:

  • Onsite Watercolour Painting Art Class

  • Day trip to Siena, San Gimignano & Pisa

  • Chianti tour with Wine Tasting and Tuscan Dinner

  • Guided Tour of the Uffizi and/or Accademia Galleries

  • Onsite Massage

  • Return private transfers



$3299 per person (Approx $2390 USD) - Earlybird price (ends 30th November 2018)

$3499 - Regular price

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (One room available)

$2499 per person (approx $1810 USD) - Earlybird price (ends 30th November 2018) 

$2699 - Regular price

For images of each room, visit the Accommodation page. Rooms will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. 

Payment Terms: $1000 deposit due on acceptance of booking. Further deposit due 7th January 2019. Final balance due 1st March 2019. Payment for Australian attendees can be made by bank deposit. Please note that international credit card payments incur a 2.9% processing fee.