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Immerse yourself in the inspiring landscape of a vineyard
and let the creative juices flow!

How our creative writing courses work?

For one week, escape to a hidden vineyard in the heart of Tuscany to write and share your stories, inspired by the exquisite food and wine of the region.

The day begins after breakfast with a three-hour story workshop—perfect for writers working on short stories, memoirs, translations and even poetry. The afternoon is free for writing, wandering, and trips  to the nearby towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, or Bagno Vignoni.  In the evening, wine flows over long Italian dinners that include guided tastings and exquisite food pairings. Some star-filled evenings are dedicated to readings.

The host estate for In Vino Veritas is Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s winery in Trequanda; the family has been making wine in this Tuscan paradise for five centuries. We’ll be staying in superbly comfortable private bedrooms in rustic buildings in the middle of the vineyards, the only winery in Italy entirely owned and operated by women. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner feature Tuscan specialties, like the famed Chianina steak from the nearby Val di Chiana,  and produce comes from local farms in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the gardens of the Cinelli Colombini estate itself (vegetarians won’t get bored!).

Not to mention Donatella’s wines – from her popular DOC Orcia blend Cenerentola to her Brunello di Montalcino – which have consistently received superior ratings from the Wine Spectator and Robert Parker.

Couples are welcome in our creative writing courses.


Sessions in English, Wines strictly Italian! Here’s a sample Schedule:

Session 1 with Alison MacLeod: September 1-7

Session 2 Instructors TBA:  September 15-21 


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday


Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast  Breakfast



Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar



Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Departure

Reading & Writing time / Activities

Reading & Writing time / Activities

Reading & Writing time / Activities Reading & Writing time / Activities Reading & Writing time / Activities Reading & Writing time / Activities


Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

Final Dinner

Reading (professor)

Reading (students)



Good wine doesn’t grow in ugly places. Take inspiration from the Italian Grapevine, a review of Italian Wine, Food, Culture, and Lifestyle

“The Mediterranean Diet is…”

“Illuminati d’Immenso”

“Blue Lvnae”

“Sensual Sicily, Chic Scicli

What they say about us

“The instructor took the time to compliment and critique all work, and showed a sense of how far to push based on the individual” 

“Fantastic time, good group, great food and wine”