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An Italian Writing Affair with Laura Fraser

May 19-26, 2018

Spend a delicious week in Tuscany with Laura Fraser, NYT-bestselling author of An Italian Affair–writing, exploring, and savoring the culinary and cultural pleasures of the Tuscan countryside.


Laura brings her fluent Italian, love of Italy, sense of humor, and long experience as a writing teacher to insure that you have a memorable week, with some writing to take home as a souvenir (along with some great olive oil, wine, and Parmigiano Reggiano).


The Tuscan hills, an historic farmhouse, and fabulous Italian meals and wine will inspire you to write and reflect about your sensory experiences. This intimate destination writing workshop in Italy is open to anyone who is interested in improving their writing, from journal dabblers to published writers.

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"Eat, Write, Travel was one of the best times of my life!"




An Italian Writing Affair with Laura Fraser

  May 19-26, 2018

DAY 1–Benvenuto!!

After your arrival at the Siena train station, the group will drive to il Bareto and settle in. We will share wine and introductions on the veranda while taking in the spectacular view of Celsa castle. Dinner at a courtyside trattoria featuring Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

DAY 2–Quiet Day in the Country

The morning will start will our first intensive writing class, followed by lunch and a leisurely afternoon to either walk the grounds and nearby Medici Gardens or continue with your assignments. Dinner with the neighbors, featuring their hierloom pork production.

DAY 3–A Day in Siena

We'll meet in the morning for class before heading to Siena for a guided tour walking tour and lunch on your own with free time to write before an evening cooking class at Dante Alighieri Culinary Institute featuring homemade pasta, Osso Bucco and Tiramasu.

DAY 4–The Heart of Chianti

After the morning writing class, we venture into the Chianti region for lunch and a wine tasting. Dinner at il Bareto with class readings.

DAY 5–Market Day and Medieval Towers

We'll arrive early to the weekly market in Siena. There will be plenty of time to peruse the stalls and sample local delicacies before heading to the fabled town of San Gimignano. Lunch at one of the local trattorias. Afternoon writing with dinner and readings at il Bareto.

DAY 6–Wine and Cheese Towns

We'll meet in the morning for writing class before heading to Montepulciano. Enjoy the winding streets and numerous shops at your leisure. Lunch on your own at one of the town's many wonderful restaurants. Afternoon stop in Pienza. Dinner at il Bareto.

DAY 7–A Day in the Country

A full day of writing before our farewell dinner at il Bareto.

DAY 8–Buon Viaggio!

In the morning. we depart our beautiful Tuscan farmhouse and return to the Siena train station for connections to either Florence or Rome.

*itinerary subject to change depending on local festivals and markets.



An Italian Writing Affair with Laura Fraser

  May 19-26, 2018


Double occupancy with private bath: $3200

Single supplement: $450


Bring a friend or spouse (non-writing companion): $2500



The rooms at Il Bareto vary in size and will be assigned on a first to register basis, starting with the largest. Il Bareto also has a series of private living rooms at your disposal, as well as outdoor patio space and a swimming pool.

*included in the writing workshop price are 7 nights accommodations at il Bareto, all ground transportation after arriving at the train station, all group activities, cooking class, and most meals, except for lunch in Siena and Montelpulciano. Also included are 12 hours of class time and a 30-minute private session with Laura.

A $1000 deposit is needed to secure your place in our writing workshop in Italy. Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations vary, early registration is advised. The balance of the tour is due 60 days prior to departure. If not received by that time, EAT-WRITE-TRAVEL reserves the right to treat the reservation as canceled.




An Italian Writing Affair with Laura Fraser

May 19-26, 2018



Laura Fraser’s writing workshops are dedicated to the notion that writing can be a pleasure as well as a serious craft. Immerse yourself in your writing and be inspired by the beauty of Italy– its art, food, and culture.


Each day will start with a short writing exercise and lecture on craft. We will focus on writing from the senses—inspired by the smells, tastes, and sounds of Umbria—and then other aspects of craft, such as dialogue, scene, character, and structure. Participants will have quiet times to write, and will be able to share their work with others for feedback. The focus will be on writing from experience—personal essay, memoir, travel, food—though writers from any genre are welcome.


Laura Fraser is the bestselling author of An Italian Affair, and speaks fluent Italian. She has taught writing at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Stanford Continuing Education, the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and her own Laura’s Mexican Writing Fiestas. She's also a co-founder of SheBooks. More on Laura at

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