A phenomenal week

I had such a phenomenal time on the writing retreat.   It far, far exceeded my expectations. I’ve been writing for a few years and wanted to get serious about writing a book,  learning techniques, and finding a community of writers. As someone new to writing fiction, at first I was hesitant to sign up.  Who was Glynis? Would I get along with the other participants? Would I be good enough?

I am so glad that I did.  I found a whole new avenue for creative exploration and I owe it to my week on this beautiful little island in Italy.  The workshops are the highlight. Glynis is gifted at moderating, coaching, and teaching you new techniques.  I noticed a significant difference from the first day to my last in my writing. She pushes you to do better, but never forces you to do anything.  I left with so many ideas of what direction to take that I decided to continue working with her as a writing coach. She is a phenomenal coach – I’m making so much progress.  She helped me come up with the nuts and bolts of my book, and we talk regularly in moving that forward.

I also loved the company of the rest of the group.  We shared and encouraged each other in the workshops.  We talked for hours endlessly over dinner and wine. We laughed a lot.  But don’t worry if you want to do your own thing – there’s no pressure at all to socialize.  I thought I would be a loner, and instead I made five new friends.

Isola Maggiore is a tiny secret on a lake in Umbria.  You have to go there to see what I mean. The food was lovely – real home cooked Italian – and Mariapia, the owner of the inn, was so welcoming and accommodating.

Thanks Glynis!  I took a risk and it’s been a highlight of my year.  I’m looking forward to the next one.

– Mike, 2019

Prosecco, pasta and a different pace

“Sometimes we take a punt on an adventure and it really pays off!

I was thinking about what sort of holiday I would like, when I saw the advert for Glynis’s writing retreat.  That’s it!  That’s just what I want to do.  My writing experience was limited to a rough draft of a short story and a few poems.  But there was something appealing about the adventure of finding my way by train and boat to an island in the middle of Italy and seeing whether I had any talent for writing.

Isola - Angela back

Glynis provided an encouraging, safe and fun place to explore writing potential.  Her short, playful exercises help stimulate creativity and there is a good balance between workshops, time to rest and do one’s own thing, with lovely treats mixed in.  These included an afternoon trip round the island in a boat and prosecco aperitifs one evening.

Mariapia, the hotel owner, is very welcoming and the dinners made by her mamma are gorgeous.  Even now I am salivating at the thought of Pasta Bolognese!  Together with a large glass of Merlot and good conversation, the evenings were a special way to end the day.

It was great to be away from the madding crowds and traffic and live life at a different pace for a while.

Thanks to Glynis and her capacity to critique in a constructive, kind and helpful way, I am now working on a second draft of my short story.”

– Angela, May 2016

“We went to brush up our writing skills … It was magical.  This retreat will centre your life”   – Doreen, 2015