Peralta Writing Course

September 21 – 28, 2013
Tuscany, Italy


Sadly it’s over, but it was a sell-out and the best ever!  A wonderful group of participants from around the world, including the United States, Australia, England, Scotland, Singapore and Afghanistan.  Thank you all for being with us, for sharing your impressive talents and ideas and for making it so special!   The sunny Tuscan weather held to the end;  delicious meals were served by Laura;   the very hard work was punctuated by a spirited performance by Susan and Tommy of Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants,” and by some hilarious moments during the readings  – shall we ever forget Dauna’s encounter with the bartender?  Or the dominatrix ex-nun?

Thanks again to all 12 participants from all over;  to my co-director Kathleen Jones, to Dinah and Kate and Steven for the great organization, and of course to Laura, master-chef.

I wish we could do it all over again!


Writers at any level are invited to participate. Numbers are small enough so that we can fine-tune the course depending on individual requirements and experience.

The week will include fiction/nonfiction workshops; one-on-one meetings with instructors; daily scheduled discussion of story-telling and narrative techniques with back-up writing exercises; ‘free writing’ projects in class for ‘loosening up.’

We also offer a forum relevant to the publishing industry (Publishers, agents, marketing, self publishing) and, for those interested, a discussion of on-line publications, blogs, writing sites etc.

Peralta is a medieval mountain hamlet in the Tuscan marble country, restored from a ruin by world-renowned sculptor Fiore di Henriquez whose art is everywhere among its terraces and gardens.   Peralta is set among olive groves and vineyards, with a Saracen fort up the hill, Etruscan walls, a swimming pool carved out of the rock, and a spectacular view over the Ligurian Sea to Corsica.

Included in the cost of the workshop are three delicious meals each day prepared by a local chef, pick up from selected flights in Pisa, an excursion to the medieval walled city of Lucca, and perhaps a trip to the marble towns of Massa and Carrara.

Peralta is a half hour drive from Lucca, forty-five minutes from Pisa and the international airport, and one hour from Florence.

For further information and details on accommodation, visit Peralta online or send an email.

Numbers are limited and an early sign up is strongly recommended.


Who comes to Peralta?  I’m increasingly noticing that our participants are seekers and creative  adventurers who have completed one stage of their lives and are moving on to the next.  They are comfortable in the world and deeply appreciate beauty;  many are painters and photographers ready to explore a new  direction in the arts.

At work in Fiore’s studio, 2010

Praise for the Peralta Writing Course

“How I enjoyed the Writing Course!  You were both so inspirational.  How wonderful that you are going to do it again.”


“It was a super course in every way and Mary-Rose and Kathy seemed a perfect team.”


“It certainly was a grand week meeting all of you and learning a good deal.  Can we ever forget “Show, don’t tell”!?!  Actually, I’m finding it applies to more than just writing . . . ”


“When you think you had only a week to show us Italy and turn us into writers, you did it all.”