March 18, 2019 – Two weeks until the first group departs for Italy! So much excitement, planning, and creative thought have brought us to today. Our hosts, Anne and Denise are eager to welcome each of the two groups to LaGiostra, their private villa just outside of Morsasco, Italy. Each of the guests will be graciously accommodated in apartments located under the shadow of the Morsasco castle. The apartments are available through a local agriturismo proprietor. Time spent in motivational, reflective, and sharing experiences will trigger the material for each participant to reflect and write on their life adventures. Daily workshop time will be divided between group activities and individual time to write and reflect on a theme. Other parts of the day will be enjoyed with a cooking class, market exploration, countryside sightseeing, chorale music, and long chats with locals while enjoying the flavor of Northwestern Italy. We will certainly have another wonderful life adventure to include in our memoirs.
October 20, 2018 – We are well underway. The adventure of anticipation, planning, and preparation for an Italian Memoir opportunity has begun. Fourteen individuals are currently registered for the 2 one-week memoir workshops. Virginia and I are ecstatic! Most of us are checking flights, looking at booking those tickets or have booked already. Aside from anticipating the memoir writing extravaganza that will occur, individuals are each making plans to connect with family and/or friends before of after the workshops. Some are becoming more familiar with the language, exploring the cuisine that awaits, checking out must see locations, and learning how to order coffee. See this great article for proper terminology: 12 Ways to Order Coffee in an Italian Café
Updates will continue on this page as we savor this upcoming adventure while trying to keep our feet on the ground until April.
August 31, 2018 A quaint villa, La Giostra, resting against the outskirts of Morsasco Italy, will be the setting for a Spring 2019, 5-day memoir writing workshop that I will be facilitating. The historical and picturesque village of Morsasco is nestled in the Hills of the Piemonte (Piedmont) region of North Western Italy. Known for slow food, fine wine, and castles with Italian Renaissance architecture, this country-like setting, and serenity of life make this an ideal location to release your writing spirit and rejuvenate your soul.
We all know and have experienced the benefits of writing on our life’s adventures. Whether these adventures were joyful, terrifying, educational, instructive, exhilarating, or just plain memorable, taking the time to record these stories preserves them for future reflection by you or your loved ones. As with the TYE Memoir Writing class you have taken, the added benefit of this workshop, aside from location, location, location, is that we will be conducting the workshop in a group setting with the luxury of a full week to focus. Distractions will be left at home! In this trusted and confidential environment, you will have instructional and motivational memoir activities, time to write, and time to share with the group (maximum of 6). This is a win, win, win opportunity.
The dates for this 5-day workshop will be April 8 – 12, 2019, OR April 15 – 20, 2019 (the second week will be added only if the first week fills).
Doesn’t this sound absolutely wonderful? An informational gathering will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1:00 pm, at my home. At this informational session, my co-host, Virginia Walker and I, will outline your memoir writing experience in more detail, I have the memoir workshop details and Virginia has the location and accommodation details. What I can tell you now is that the memoir part of this experience will be rich, engaging, and allow you time and thought to continue your writing journey each and every day. I also know the location is one of the world’s most culturally rich and beautiful settings imaginable.
Since this is not a “tour” package per say, your travel arrangements and activities outside of workshop time are your own to plan. Of course, the group may indeed make plans to explore together during the week.
Please let me know if you are interested in this wonderful opportunity and seriously consider joining us at the informational session. We will try to answer all questions. Plans are being made well in advance to allow for several pre-trip gatherings to become acquainted, create individual writing goals, and plan for the adventure.