Retreats for 2018

Isola Maggiore – Lake Trasimeno, Umbria

This year’s Autumn retreat on the island takes place from  September 15th – 22nd

The price of £720 includes:

  • 7 nights half board at the island’s only hotel (Da Sauro) including wine with dinner (double en suite room, with single occupancy)
  • 4 morning workshops with cappuccino & delicious pastries
  • 2 one-to-one feedback sessions
  • An ‘aperitivo time’ on the terrace
  • Entry to the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, the Captain’s House and the Lace Museum
  • Boat trip round the island

All workshops are optional, leaving you free to do as much or as little as you please, so that, if you prefer, you can make up your week as you go along.

Wednesday is kept as a completely free day, for those wanting to explore the surrounding mainland … or simply stay on the island and relax by the lake.

Places are limited to just eight.


Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione – Puglia

New for 2018!


The wonderfully secluded Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione sits right down in the ‘heel’ of Italy, in a little town called Spongano, just six kilometres from the Adriatic ocean.

As with the Umbrian retreats, all the workshops are completely optional, so that you can make the week as flexible as you wish.

Your accommodation is in one of five self-contained traditional stone cottages at the edge of the little wood, all with spacious ensuite bedrooms, close by the palazzo’s swimming pool.

Your cottage’s well-equipped kitchen, stocked with delicious local produce, leaves you free to begin the day at your own leisurely pace. Each cottage has its own small terrace, with table and chairs, and of course the pool is right there, for that early swim.

The week begins with a Sunday afternoon visit to a local ‘agriturismo’, including leisurely lunch.

Beginning on Monday, there are four workshops, all in the mornings, followed by delicious buffet lunch, giving you the rest of the day to read, write, amble, or simply soak up the sun by the pool. Wednesday is kept completely free, for those wanting to explore further afield to a local market, a coastal bay, or the wonderfully baroque town of Lecce.

The price of £1,220 includes:

  • ensuite accommodation in one of the delightful cottages around the pool
  • dinner each evening, with wine
  • buffet lunch on each of the workshop days
  • four writing workshops (Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri)
  • two 1:1 sessions to talk about your writing
  • airport transfers from Brindisi  (dependent on numbers – conditions apply)
 Places are limited to just seven.
To find out more or book your place, please email:

About Glynis

“A terrific portrayal of family life” – Jimmy McGovern

“Your poem was just astonishing” – Jackie Kay

Glynis has many years’ experience of running workshops, both in Italy and in the UK.  She has a First Class BA (Hons) in Creative Writing and her work has been published both in print and on screen.  Most recently, it was Highly Commended in the Bridport Poetry Prize 2016.

Glynis’ workshops are always friendly and informal, using plenty of varied prompts for inspiration, and her Italian retreats nurture the supportive setting. She is passionate about words and about helping and encouraging people in how best to use them creatively.

“Inspirational sessions led by Glynis and the added bonus of a wonderful camaraderie with the other writers.  Sharing ideas, experiences, and I loved every minute.” – Tony, Isola Maggiore, 2016