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Focus on Writing

with Anne Wil Petterson

Worldly seductions are kept at bay

Join us and spend seven days in the North of Tuscany on top of a mountain for a full immersion into the writing experience. Worldly seductions are kept at bay while the natural beauty of the surroundings will inspire you to start, finish or improve your work.

You will be writing individually and if you wish you’ll be assisted by Anne Wil Petterson who is an experienced writing teacher.

This retreat is intended for writers in English or Dutch who are currently working on their stories or novels.



You’ll be warmly welcomed on Monday the 23th with a festive dinner in true Tuscan style. The following days you will be writing at your own pace with intervals for light lunches and 3 course dinners. Your coach Anne Wil Petterson will be on the premises for individual tutoring or feedback. If you are aware of recurring issues in your writing you might formulate those ahead of time in order to facilitate the feedback process and determine where you should focus on during the writing week.

The Villa is on top of a hill near olive groves and woods ideal for hiking and there is a limited bus service to the near town of Pietrasanta. The tranquil atmosphere and the authentic hospitality in this 17th century family home make the retreat a heaven on a hill (see more reviews on Tripadvisor).


Who is Anne Wil Petterson?

Anne Wil Petterson is an author and an experienced creative writing teacher who lived and worked in New York where she studied creative writing with, a.o., Susan Sontag and worked for Harper's Weekly and New York Magazine. Anne Wil teaches creative writing in both Dutch and English. She has taught for several decades at the acclaimed Schrijversvakschool in Amsterdam.


How to reach us

The nearest airport is Pisa. Connections from the UK are with British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair. Flights from The Netherlands leave from Amsterdam or Rotterdam (, Eindhoven or Weeze/Dusseldorf ( Detailed information on buses or trains from the airport to the Villa will follow after booking. If you intend touring the region before or after the retreat, you might consider renting a car at Pisa airport.


The price includes:

-7 nights in a single room with shared bathroom,

-all meals (expet the meals on the one day off)

-tourist tax,

-feedback- or coaching sessions with the tutor for a max of 5 hours

Not included in the price:

-transport to and from the location,

-travel insurance.


Its simple: there is an inspiring location and delicious food. Join in and do some writing.





7 nights € 875 in a single room including meals and feedback
23/8 - 30/8 2020

Are you on a budget? Drop us a line and we'll discuss installments with you.

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