Have you wanted to write a book, book proposal or pitch for months — or even years — but haven’t found the time or the confidence to do it? Have you stalled in the writing because you don’t know if what you write is any good?
How would it feel to move on from time-scarcity or doubt to getting your first draft underway, your book finished, edited or pitch done?
I can help you: with over 30 year’s experience of writing, book-selling, agenting and publishing, overseeing hundreds of books published and millions of words written, I’ve seen it all. And I’ve helped scores of wannabe authors like you to figure out how to do it too.
With the best of my industry advice and support, on this retreat I will get you to the next stage of your writing journey safe, well-fed and sun-kissed. With guidance in morning workshops, direct advice, and afternoons to write, followed by a Q and A session, you could get a juicy chunk of great writing or pitching done.
With my help you will have the time and a beautiful space to write and be lifted towards your goal.
When you do sit down to write, lots of 'head' problems can crop up:
I can help with all this and more. I will hold a safe space for you, to help you to leave everyday life behind and build some real momentum with your novel or non-fiction book.
No matter what kind of book you want to write – memoir, a biography of your business, a novel, a deep-dive on an issue you care about – writing a book requires time and focused energy.
Finding the space and the right support is often all that’s needed for it to take shape. That’s why I am inviting you to join me on Italy’s wild Puglian coast. I’ll be with you every step of the way. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a writer yet, I know you have something important to share, and this is your time to get it underway.
With uninterrupted time to dream, plan and write, here’s what we will cover in morning workshop sessions:
Our accommodation is a 1700 historical villa in the centre of Diso near the Puglian coast, creating the perfect environment to write, rest, eat and nourish your body, mind & spirit with all of life’s most important things.
Your host, literary agent Jacq Burns will be there to guide you. Each morning will start with a leisurely breakfast at your own pace. Then we’ll gather for a workshop session covering all the important creative and publishing stuff described above.
A beautiful local lunch will follow the morning sessions and then you’ll have time for reflecting and writing, to wander the old town for inspiration or coffee, to take a refreshing dip in the pool. In the evening we regroup for brainstorming and Q&A over drinks, followed by dinner. You’ll also be able to book a one-to-one session with Jacq during the retreat.
According to the Writers and Artists Yearbook, most writers spend more than three years on a single book when they try to do it alone. I will help you avoid that experience.
This retreat is your time to get immersed in your writing and fast track your book and we will support you with whatever you need. Join me in Italy, and give yourself the space and time to coax your book out into the world.
I cover every step of the process from starting to getting your book published. I meet you where you are at and you’ll take home a strong sense of the whole writing and publishing process and what you need to do next to be successful.
Daily: Breakfast at your pace. Morning workshop sessions, writing advice and feedback, time to free write, are all included.
There is free time in the afternoon for you to write, rest, take walks, read or book a private 1:1 mentoring session. There is a swimming pool at the villa.
The retreat is 5 nights and 6 days. Check in is from 4pm and check out is 10.30am. All meals in the villa are included and these are a great time for connection and conversation. Coffee, teas and mineral water, wine with dinner and fruit are also included.
All rooms are double with ensuite. You do not have to share though this is possible on request. The rooms will be allocated in the order of booking.