In Vino Veritas: Creative Writing in the Vineyards of Tuscany

Suzanne Branciforte
February 15, 2019

A residential writing workshop in the vineyards of Tuscany, In Vino Veritas features wine tastings, wonderful Italian cuisine, personalized encounters with teacher/writers, and morning workshops. Two exciting sessions, one led by Alison MacLeod (Unexploded, long-listed for Booker Prize), and another team-taught session led by Jonathan Levi (Septimania), and Colombian writer-journalist Marta Orrantia (Mañana no te presentes) which welcomes both English- and Spanish-language writers.

Immerse yourself in the inspiring landscape of a vineyard and let the creative juices flow! For one week, escape to a hidden vineyard in the heart of Tuscany to write and share your stories, inspired by the exquisite food and wine of the region.

The day begins after breakfast with a three-hour workshop—perfect for writers working on short stories, memoirs, translations and even poetry. The afternoon is free for writing, wandering, and trips to the nearby towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, or Bagno Vignoni. One excursion is included in the course fee. In the evening, wine flows over long Italian dinners that include sommelier-led guided tastings and exquisite food pairings. Some star-filled evenings are dedicated to readings.

The host estate for In Vino Veritas is Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s winery in Trequanda; the family has been making wine in this Tuscan paradise for five centuries. Participants stay in superbly comfortable private bedrooms in rustic buildings in the middle of the vineyards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner feature Tuscan specialties, like the famed Chianina steak from the nearby Val di Chiana, and produce comes from local farms in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the gardens of the Cinelli Colombini estate itself (vegetarians won’t get bored!).

This is the perfect opportunity for writers seeking inspiration and guidance, new vistas and memorable experiences.

Session I with Alison MacLeod:  September 1 – 7, 2019

Session II with Jonathan Levi and Marta Orrantia: September 15 – 21, 2019

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