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An Italian Writing Affair

with Laura Fraser
May 18-25, 2019


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Spend a delicious week in Tuscany with Laura Fraser, NYT-bestselling author of An Italian Affair–writing, exploring, and savoring the culinary and cultural pleasures of the Tuscan countryside.

Laura brings her fluent Italian, love of Italy, sense of humor, and long experience as a writing teacher to insure that you have a memorable week, with some writing to take home as a souvenir (along with some great olive oil, wine, and Parmigiano Reggiano).

The Tuscan hills, an historic farmhouse, and fabulous Italian meals and wine will inspire you to write and reflect about your sensory experiences. This intimate destination writing workshop in Italy is open to anyone who is interested in improving their writing, from journal dabblers to published writers.

Laura Fraser’s writing workshops are dedicated to the notion that writing can be a pleasure as well as a serious craft. Immerse yourself in your writing and be inspired by the beauty of Italy– its art, food, and culture.

Each day will start with a short writing exercise and lecture on craft. We will focus on writing from the senses—inspired by the smells, tastes, and sounds of Umbria—and then other aspects of craft, such as dialogue, scene, character, and structure. Participants will have quiet times to write, and will be able to share their work with others for feedback. The focus will be on writing from experience—personal essay, memoir, travel, food—though writers from any genre are welcome.

Laura Fraser is the bestselling author of An Italian Affair, and speaks fluent Italian. She has taught writing at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Stanford Continuing Education, the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and her own Laura’s Mexican Writing Fiestas. She's also a co-founder of SheBooks. More on Laura at laurafraser.com


Day 1

Benvenuto! After your arrival at the Siena train station, the group will drive to il Bareto and settle in. We will share wine and introductions on the veranda while taking in the spectacular view of Celsa castle. Dinner at a courtyside trattoria featuring Bistecca alla Fiorentina.


The morning will start with our first intensive writing class, followed by lunch and a leisurely afternoon to either walk the grounds and nearby Medici Gardens or continue with your assignments. Dinner with the neighbors, featuring their hierloom pork production.


We'll meet for class before heading to Siena for a guided walking tour Lunch on your own with free time to write before an evening cooking class at Dante Alighieri Culinary Institute featuring homemade pasta, Osso Bucco and Tiramasu.


After a morning writing class, we venture into the Chianti region for lunch and a wine tasting. Dinner at il Bareto with class readings.


We'll arrive early to the weekly market in Siena. There will be plenty of time to peruse the stalls and sample local delicacies before heading to the fabled town of San Gimignano. Lunch at a local trattoria. Afternoon writing with dinner and readings at il Bareto.


We'll meet in the morning for writing class before heading to the walled medieval village of Monteriggioni for lunch. Schedule an afternoon mentoring session. Dinner at il Bareto.


A full day of writing before our farewell dinner at il Bareto.


Buon Viaggio. In the morning. we depart our beautiful Tuscan farmhouse and return to the Siena train station for connections to either Florence or Rome.



Double occupancy with private bath: $3200
Single supplement: $450
Bring a non-writing companion: $2500

Included in the retreat price are 7 nights accommodations at il Bareto, all ground transportation after arriving at the train station, all group activities, cooking class, and most meals, except for lunch in Siena. Also included are 12 hours of class time and a 30-minute private session with Laura.


The rooms at Il Bareto vary in size and will be assigned on a first to register basis, starting with the largest. Il Bareto also has a series of private living rooms at your disposal, as well as outdoor patio space and a swimming pool.

*Itinerary subject to change depending on local festivals and markets.



A $1000 deposit is needed to secure your place in Laura's Italian Writing Affair. Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations vary, early registration is recommended. The balance of the retreat is due 60 days prior to departure. If not received by that time, EAT-WRITE-TRAVEL reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled.