Travel Writing in a Palace

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Learn the art of travel writing with Claire Scobie while staying in a palace in a medieval village in Italy.


  • Travel Writing in a Palace offers more than a writer’s retreat. Do what most of us only dream… Follow in the footsteps of travel writers Elizabeth Gilbert, Frances Mayes and Bill Bryson on this creative holiday with award-winning author Claire Scobie.
  • Imagine visiting the region that inspired Dante’s Divine Comedy * Immersing yourself in Italian daily life in the Apennine foothills * Enjoying Renaissance architecture, gourmet feasts & summer aperitivos
  • Experience staying in a medieval palace * 7 days writing tuition with Claire Scobie * Personal writing time in a vibrant cultural community * Meeting other writing travellers & literary soirees
  • Learn how to write with the senses and create compelling characters * Techniques to master storytelling * How to expand from travel journalism to literary travel writing
  • Singabout’s Luisa Donati will open the doors to the palace for us and our highly talented course director Claire Scobie will expertly guide participants through their own writing adventure.
  • "Claire is such a warm and knowledgeable writer who is so passionate about what she does. Thank you for turning the light on in my writing world."
    - Julie Woodhouse


Palazzo Donati, originally built in the 15th century. Twin share or doubles some with bathroom other room share bathrooms Limited single rooms available.


Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche, Italy


6 -13th August, 2014


Early bird: GBP £1,917 plus 200 Euro on arrival.

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