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Writer’s Retreat . . . in Florence, Italy! September 16, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Writing & Writers.

Julie Hedlund is running a Writer’s Retreat in Florence, Italy . . . and YOU are invited.

Unless you are man.

Writer’s Renaissance is for women ~ especially women who love gelato . . . wine . . . pasta . . . and traveling to exotic ports of call.

Writer’s Renaissance, scheduled for April 7 – 13, 2013, includes:

  • Six nights accommodation at the beautiful Antica Torre Tornabuoni
  • Welcome Reception on Hotel Terrace
  • Two meals per day – Breakfast + Dinner
  • Writing inspiration and exercises with Faculty
  • All Program activities, including any entrance fees
  • An excursion to the gorgeous Badia a Coltibuono, a cooking class, wine tasting, and celebratory dinner
  • Plenty of “white space” (free time) for you to write, explore the city, visit museums or just rest
  • All included hotel amenities and services

For more details on the Writer’s Renaissance, visit Julie’s website.


Quote to Ponder:  Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. ~ Jules Renard


1. nancy curteman - September 17, 2012

Wow! What a great idea. I wish I had the time and money to to to a Writer’s Renaissance like this one.

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

It sounds right up your alley, NC. I figured it could be the next setting for a Lysi Weston mystery. 😉

2. Jas - September 17, 2012

great. Only If I had access to all this. Maybe if they come down to India 🙂

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

I’m impressed with Julie for putting this trip together ~ she’s got energy and enthusiasm that I remember having had . . . once upon a time. 😉

Jas - September 17, 2012


3. jannatwrites - September 17, 2012

That would be a writers retreat that none other could live up to! No way I could afford it, but it sounds like it would be fun!

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

It does sound like FUN . . . but it’s not in my budget either. I’ll have to settle for locally made gelato while writing in my garrett! 😉

4. viviankirkfield - September 17, 2012

This was lovely of you to post about Julie’s “Writer’s Retreat”…would that I could swing the cost…it sounds like HEAVEN…the food, the atmosphere, the camraderie…I think anyone who attends will grow in their writing journey. 😉

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

For most of us “starving artists” . . . the price tag is apt to be a bit steep. But I’m impressed with Julie’s enthusiasm and hope that every last spot is snapped up by equally enthusiastic Renaissance Writers!

viviankirkfield - September 17, 2012

I agree, Nancy…Julie has put together an amazing opportunity for women writers to learn and be inspired!

nrhatch - September 18, 2012

Hope the retreat is filled to capacity with writers overflowing with enthusiasm and energy. What great synergy that will create!

5. sufilight - September 17, 2012

These are adventures that gives fond memories to look back on, that is uneless we are Tolle fans and stay in the moment. 🙂 Sounds like a great trip!

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

Bwahaha! Short term memories propel us forward ~ without them, we’d be forever wondering where we left the car keys. We’d be going nowhere fast. 😀

Sounds like a trip to enjoy “in the moment” . . . down to the last lick of gelato, the last drop of wine, and the last slice of pizza.

6. sweetdaysundertheoaks - September 17, 2012

I’d love to go to Italy! But I would have to be able to drive there, too long a flight for me. I’m not a writer but I would love to snap a few pictures!

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

While not focused on photography, the itinerary (and place) looks perfect for photographers too.

I’m with you about the flight . . . I’d rather take a slow boat to Florence.

7. Andra Watkins - September 17, 2012

I just got back from a writing retreat in Colorado. What an experience it would be to go to Florence for one.

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

I immediately thought of you when I saw this retreat ~ MTM could stowaway in your bags and cruise the streets of Florence during the day and rejoin you at night for wild and crazy . . . conjugation. 😆

8. katecrimmins - September 17, 2012

Sounds wonderful! Not sure if I could actually write there since there is so much to do. Local gelatos for me too!

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

I get the sense that quiet writing time will not be the primary focus of this retreat ~ no sitting silently in solitary rooms waiting for inspiration to find you. Attendees will FIND inspiration by soaking up sensory inputs ~ sights, sounds, smells, and savory taste treats.

OK . . . now I’m hungry. 😀

9. Julie Hedlund - September 17, 2012

Nancy, thank you so much for sharing the information about the retreat! I understand the price might be too much for many, but believe me when I tell you I kept it as low as I could given the location. This is a labor of love more than of money. 🙂

If any SLTW fans DO register, make sure you let me know Nancy sent you!!

Oh, and @katecrimmins – there WILL be writing exercises, but I suspect that many will bring the inspiration home and weave it into their writing upon return. This is not a “sit in a room all day and write” kind of retreat. We are using the city as a classroom to inspire, inform and electrify our writing – during the retreat, yes, but especially AFTER the retreat – long after you’ve returned home.

I hope that helps!

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

Thanks, Julie! The pricetag seems more reasonable than many “hop on the bus, Gus” tours and the itinerary seems far more interesting! Plus, you will all be staying in a FAB hotel . . . with TWO terraces overlooking Florence Italy!

I love that you plan to use the city of Florence (and all its sensory pleasures) as a classroom . . . MANGIA!

10. William D'Andrea - September 17, 2012

It looks like you’re gonna be eatring really good! It sounds like a wonderful vacation; but I’d be much too distracted to do any writing. I might get a lot of inspiration, but I wouldn’t be able to put all my thoughts together, and concentrate on my writing, until after I returned home, and could work without distraction.

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

I will be eating good . . . but on this side of the Atlantic. This writer prefers armchair travel over TSA checkpoints and flight delays and lost luggage. 😉

But for those writers who LOVE traveling to exotic places, and can afford it, this trip sounds like a winner ~ even if they are too distracted to write while attending the retreat.

11. spilledinkguy - September 17, 2012

Well… dude… I almost feel like… like… I should stop reading after the second paragraph! 😉

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

Sorry, Sig. Sex discrimination is alive and well and living in Florence! For one week, at least.

I expect that Julie doesn’t want attendees distracted by the masculine physique . . . except for Michelangelo’s David. 😯

Julie Hedlund - September 17, 2012

That is exactly right Nancy! Too many distractions when men and women come together. 😉

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

Just so. Thanks, Julie.

12. colonialist - September 17, 2012

You are ze sexist peegs!
A writer’s rebirth is all very well, but what about the ones who haven’t been born for the first time yet?

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

There should be an app for that . . . ze sexist peegs! :mrgreen:

In the beginning, we are born. Then we are rebirthed as writers. Or something like that. 😉

colonialist - September 18, 2012

Oh …
Well, I know which is the hardest labour!

nrhatch - September 18, 2012

I wonder. Some women pop out babies like they’re spitting watermelon seeds. Certain writers do the same with their words ~ creating classics (like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol) in just a few short weeks.

And then there are those who labor for hours, sweat on their brows, screaming in agony, reaching for painkillers . . . only to toss their words in the trash in the cold hard light of day. 😉

13. kateshrewsday - September 17, 2012

I hope it offers a room with a view 🙂

nrhatch - September 17, 2012

The view from the terraces is SPECTACULAR! Definitely a place to dream up snazzy plots and colorful characters.

14. Barb - September 18, 2012

Sounds like a great retreat. Maybe someday.

nrhatch - September 18, 2012

For lovers of all things Italia, this is a wonderful retreat location. It made me think of where I would most like to attend an Artist’s Retreat ~> in a mountain cabin with a deck overlooking a waterfall, cool enough in the evenings to enjoy a fire, warm enough during the day for hiking and biking and sailing on a turquoise lake, eating fresh organic locally grown fruits and veggies with pasta, rice, and fresh baked bread, finding C~H~O~C~O~L~A~T~E on my pillow at night.

Aah . . . that’s perfect! 😉

15. 2e0mca - September 18, 2012

Awww Shucks! I love Florence too! That’s where my Good Lady and I went for our honeymoon 🙂

nrhatch - September 18, 2012

Wow . . . head and shoulders about our Honeymoon Destination ~ we spent two nights in Atlantic City before returning to NC to study for the Bar Exam. Dedication to a cause! 😉

16. Paula Tohline Calhoun - September 18, 2012

Ah, Firenze! One of my Daddy’s favorite cities in all the world. One of my regrets is that I never had the opportunity to visit there with him as my tour guide! If I had about $3,000, I would be the first one to sign up! If you know of any people with a big cash surplus they want to just give away, why don’t you ask if s/he would pay for the two of us? (Nancy and Paula – what a pair. Julie will never know what hit her!) If he or she responds by the end of October, then s/he could save $200 (using the buddy discount) plus the early reservation discount! I’ll get my passport ready, just in case.

I just remembered, though. The date 12/12/12 is coming up soon. There might be no Florence to visit after that day, but that will be OK – ’cause the prophecy says there won’t be any us to visit there anyway! 😆

nrhatch - September 18, 2012

Capital idea, PTC. We just need someone who likes to SAVE money while bankrolling retreats for OTHER PEOPLE.

It’s funny that you mention 12/12/12 . . . I had a similar thought when I saw the 2013 date for this retreat. 😉

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