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Time to write. Time to relax. Time to enjoy the company of other writers, wander through the vineyards, and be inspired.


Combine adventure with writing on this unique retreat.

Join Dr. Gerard Collins, an award-winning Newfoundland author, mentor, and university educator, on this creative writing retreat in Tuscany, Italy.

Your writing getaway includes round-trip air from Saint John, New Brunswick (other travel arrangements available), 6 nights at the Belvedere di San Leonino villa in Chianti, Italy, writing workshops and one-on-one feedback sessions, all breakfasts and dinners, ground transportation, taxes, and airport fees. 

During our 6-night stay at the villa, Gerard will offer two creative writing workshops and host individual meetings with all participants, where the focus is on you and your writing, and where Gerard will provide detailed feedback on your writing.

There will be group readings in the evenings, optional writing prompts, and many opportunities for grand conversation and inspiration: a thoughtful balance of time spent in the company of other writers and time alone dedicated to your own writing. 

We also have the option of a full day trip to Florence, cradle of Renaissance Italy, where we'll visit Medici Chapel and Dante House Museum, among other sites. While this day trip is highly recommended, it's an add-on (fee TBD), as travelers have asked that we try to keep our base price down. Please indicate your interest when you book.

How to register

We have ONE MORE guaranteed room left at the villa. Once that fills, if you sign up very soon, you'd likely still get a room. It's a relatively small villa, so space is limited. We'd love to have you join us and take advantage of this unique opportunity to work directly with Gerard, an award-winning author, writing mentor, and IMPAC Dublin nominee. All genres and writing levels welcome, and non-writers are welcome on all our retreats as well.

Cost is $4,999 CAD per person based on two travellers sharing a room, or $5,599 CAD for a single traveler ~ includes all taxes, airfare from Saint John, NB (other gates available), airport fees, travel coaches, all breakfasts and suppers. Land-only rates and air from other gateways is available. Prices in Canadian funds. U.S. writers, your dollar stretches a long way and we'd love to have you join us! You only need a downpayment of $1,000 when you book, and you pay the balance in July.

To register for your writing getaway, call Freedom Tours at 1-506-632-1012 or 1-800-561-2324 (toll free in North America). Questions? Reach out to Gerard directly - he'll be happy to chat and provide more information:​

Reviews from previous Go and Write! retreats:

"I loved everything about this retreat! Gerard is the best and is very good at working with all types of writers. I learned so much from him in the workshops, one to one and throughout the retreat. It's a real treat to spend a week with other writers and immerse yourself in this unique environment."

"Both Go & Write! retreats that I have been to have done wonders in setting me on a steady and true path. Gerard knows exactly how to set the pace and space for writers to settle in from Day One and get the most of their time."

"Thank you for a wonderful week of writing at the Rossmount Inn. You are special people with an obvious love for writing... Don't change a thing! I enjoyed our musical evening too. Thank you for sharing your talent."

"Gerard's style of being gently direct works for me. He can focus on concerns with precision, in a kind manner."

October 22-29, 2018

Our retreat will take place at the luxurious Belvedere di San Leonino villa in Chianti, Italy. Enjoy the pool or hot tub, take a walk in the Tuscan sunshine, share a glass of wine and conversation with new friends. 

In October, the average temperature is 22 Celsius! Italy is renowned for its food and wine - our stay at the Tuscan villa also includes the option for a tour of their vineyard and a wine-tasting at their winery, La Cantinetta.

All are welcome on this writing retreat in Chianti, Italy in the Tuscan region - join in the writing workshops or sip wine and read by the pool in the warm Italian sunshine, wander the vineyard, take in the group literary readings, and bask in the glow of fine conversation among creative people. You can opt to visit Florence for a day with our group for an additional fee (TBD - please ask when you book), and take a tour of the vineyard at the villa. If you want to travel on to Rome, Freedom Travel can help arrange that part of your journey.