"We write best when we're inspired. Simple as that!"
- Alison Wearing
Life as Story Retreat
A MEMOIR WRITING RETREAT
with Alison Wearing
October 1-7, 2023
Begin the day at the window of your private bedroom drinking in a view of the Tuscan hills. Settle in with a cup of coffee or wander up to a gentle yoga class and meditation. After breakfast, make your way to the studio for an inspiring morning workshop session, and then feel free to spend the rest of the day writing, strolling the extensive grounds, reading, attending a wine tasting and/or visiting the spa. Your dinner will be a delicious organic feast paired with Fattoria del Colle’s local Brunello wines. And your evenings might be spent in the lounge, sharing some of your work with fellow writers or simply celebrating the insights and pleasures of the day.
Sound like a plan?
Alison is a Canadian writer, playwright, and performer. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious RBC Taylor Prize, shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction, selected as an Indigo Top Pick, and become national bestsellers. Her essays and stories have been awarded the National Magazine Award Gold Medal, Western Magazine Award 1st Prize, and been a finalist for the Journey Prize. Her numerous theatre awards include Best Dramatic Script at New York City’s United Solo, the largest festival of solo theatre in the world.
Alison is the creator and facilitator of Memoir Writing Ink, an interactive online program that guides people through the process of transforming personal stories into memoir.
This retreat offers a balance of inspiring teachings and the plentiful space and time we need to see our writing with fresh eyes and replenish our creative wells.
Bestselling author Alison Wearing will offer focused daily teachings on the critical elements of memoir and how to employ them in our writing, as well as Q&A and small group coaching sessions. All participants will have a chance to discuss their ideas and projects with her over the course of the week.
The aim of the retreat is to provide writers with inspiration and insight, as well as the direction, focus, clarity, enthusiasm and energy they need to move forward with their writing projects. This retreat is dedicated to literary nourishment: feeding the creative spirit in an inspiring and supportive environment.
Register now! Make your $1,500 deposit below to secure your spot. Plan now because space is limited. Airfare is not included.
Participants are not required to submit writing in advance, as Alison will not be reading individual submissions, but rather teaching and offering direction and suggestions on people’s ideas and projects in a small group setting.
Just to clarify: if you are looking for feedback on your manuscript, this is not the retreat for you. But if you are looking to deepen your understanding of the essentials of memoir and what you need to consider when crafting your story or book; if you are looking for inspiration and direction, clarity and companionship, joy, beauty, literary nourishment and balm for the soul — this will be a good fit for you.
A portion of all proceeds will be put toward tree-planting efforts with TreeCanada, which has planted more than 83 million native trees in urban, rural and wilderness areas and sequestered millions of tons of carbon pollution in the process. This ‘carbon calculator’ calculates carbon use (per flight) and estimates the number of trees that need to be planted to offset that use [somewhat]. Obviously, this is an imperfect solution, but it does, at the very least, add more trees to this world.