Group size



22. - 30. August 2020

max 12 persons

8 days 8 nights

Are you struggling with your story?


Do you need a hand with the plot, the setting, the characters, or the dialogue ...or just time for yourself? 


Study in the mornings, write in the afternoons. 


Join a small group of scribes - a maximum of 12 - to support each other and share your ideas.


Get morning lectures & feedback from a published writer and experienced lecturer. 


Our lecturing writer will support you all the way to start, edit and finish your short story, or chapters of your novel


Around the Lake Como...


Swim in the lake or take a boat to Bellagio, go for a hike, peruse in the delicious Italian food markets. 


Step back in time in incredible cathedrals and castles around the lake, where you can admire frescos or drink a magic liquor from the monks of Piona 


In the warm August evenings, you can join a vibrant street party with banquets, fireworks, parades and boat races, with participants in medieval costumes and re-enact an old combat at Palio del Baradello. 


Take a yoga class on the terrace, watch the sunrise and sunset while lying on one of the many surrounding hills.


Get inspired. Get your story done.




In Detail

What's Included

We have priced the retreat to include a delicious breakfast, lunch and
dinner, so that you can entirely focus on your work, but you are always
welcome to try the local cuisine available both in restaurants and at small
At times you’d need to clear your head, you may want to go for swimming, a boat ride, kayaking, hiking around the lake, bike riding, local market, and many other things the lake and its surroundings has to offer.
The retreat includes: • 8 days (evening check in – lunch check out), • shared or single accommodations, • meals 3x/day with veggie options available; • all instruction and materials, • morning classes on the craft on writing with the lecturing author 9 am-12 am, • extra 60min face-to-face consultation of your work with the lecturing author outside of the class, • feedback from the lecturing author on a short story up to 5000 words, • extra feedback from the lecturing author on a second short story up to 5000 words, if handed on time by the mid-week, • evening readings by participants, • morning guided meditation at 7:00 am-8:00 am, • individual 60min face-to-face consultation session of your script/ready story with the lecturing author • two additional First & Last page workshop evenings at 8-10 pm on Tuesday & Thursday: interactive sessions where people give each other feedback, • networking with drinks after two evening workshops, • an opening and closing dinner with drinks,
And optional activities: • extra face-to-face hour of feedback or on paper offered from the lecturing author on your
stories/proposal(s) BEFORE handing in your completed story on the deadline; • the lecturer's critique rates are £10/1000 words and you can sign up for this & extra
consultation hour on a first-come-first-serve basis during the week

What's not

The cost does not include:
• flights/transportation to the destination
• individual transportation to and from the airport
• alcoholic drinks outside the evenings listed above
• special excursions
• or optional activities

Daily schedule

Day 1 (evening):
Opening dinner & networking

Day 2 - Day 6:
7:00am - 8:00am: Morning meditation or yoga (optional)
8:00am - 9:00am: Breakfast
9:30am - 12:00pm: Morning class
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Time to Write
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Dinner

Day 7:
Free day for activities to unwind or do more writing
Individual face-to-face sessions scheduled with the lecturing writer
Closing evening: drinks & dinner
Day 8 (am hours):
After the breakfast session: the lecturer hands out pieces with your feedback
People can stay in/around the villa and enjoy the pool until noon (check-out)
Two additional evening workshops - so-called ‘First-page & Last-page
workshops’ on Tuesday & Thursday after dinner: People who sign up to these will have a chance to get feedback from the group on their
work and/or discuss any problematic parts. It’d be an interactive session, where
the lecturer takes a back seat and lets the writers interact and network.
Everyone who signs up for the workshop aiming to take an active part in it,
would have space of cca 20 min to discuss any parts of their work or read it out
loud, and get feedback. There might be more time, depending on the number of
people who show up.
Attendance to workshops and morning classes is entirely optional. You can spend all the available time just to write.


Price of the room & full board for eight days: TBC Please send us an email and register your interest. Prices should be know by the end of January 2019

To reserve your spot, please pay the deposit €300. Once you register your interest, we will send you a confirmation e-mail with our payment details.


We would like to get to know you and ask you about your level and expectations to help us tailor the retreat for you.


Story Done Ltd

Katarina Karmazinova

128 Axminster Road

N7 6BT London 

T  +44 (0) 759 88 80 967

T  +420 (0) 730 156 873


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