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Welcome to sagra delle words. A festival of words.

Collecting the Colours of Autumn
13 - 20 October 2013

Creative Writing Holiday with Sheree Mack.

Writing creatively requires time and space.
Writing creatively requires training the eye to observe closely what goes on around us.
Writing creatively requires discipline and the fostering a habit.

Far too often, in our everyday lives the hustle and bustle of work, family and other commitments get in the way of writing. We want to write creatively but it usually ends up at the bottom of our to-do list.

How good would it be then to spend a week away with writing being your chief priority?

How good would you feel if you had the opportunity to get away from all those usual commitments and distractions?

How good would you feel if you could explore your writer’s voice in a safe environment with a professional writer and a supportive, encouraging group of other writers?

Writing Tutor Sheree Mack will bring her writing and teaching skills to your aid for a creative journey at OZU this autumn. In the beautiful and historic countryside of Lazio, Italy you shall be roomed, fed and watered, with no responsibilities except to enjoy, relax and listen to your writer within.

Throughout the week you will meet for a taught workshop-session in the mornings. You will have writing exercises to kick-start new projects. You will journey out into the surrounding area to gain inspiration from the changing colours of autumn. Ideas will flow giving you a fresh approaches to creating new pieces of writing or a fresh pair of eyes on an on -going project.
As a group, you will read published authors, as a springboard into your own writing as a variety of exercises and methods are employed.

Writers are always on the alert for potential material and your own life – what you see, experience,
think, and feel – will provide the principal source. A notebook is an essential tool for any writer and has several functions. ‘Notebook’, ‘journal ’, ‘scrapbook’, which ever word you use, during this adventure you will keep one. These are helpful tools for the daily discipline of writing. Here you are encouraged to jot down observations while you are out and about, your rants and raves, ideas for poems, single words, clippings from newspapers, responses to books or poems you’ve read, notes from research, all kinds of ‘gathering’. Your notebook is for you, and it needs to contain whatever helps you or fuels your writing. You are making a kind of creative compost heap to draw upon when needed.

After lunch there will be free time in which to write and develop your ideas, have one-to-one feedback sessions and explore the surrounding countryside. During the week you will take a specially tailored tour of the capital, Rome.

This adventure is suitable for beginners, more experienced writers and for anyone interested in exploring their creative potential.

The price for tuition, including group sessions and individual training is 300 Euro
The price for 7 days accommodation and full board is 210 Euro
The price for local transportation, including the trip from and to the Airport, one excursion day in Rome and one excursion in Sabina region is 80 Euro

Additional cost if you wish to be accommodated in the nearby Agriturismo: 40 Euro per night


Accommodation is provided in OZU, a cultural and art center of 1.250 square metres, based in an ex candy factory.
The building has been restored and equipped for its new needs, becoming a multifunctional and versatile cultural space, so please, don't expect a "standard" place!
Partecipants will share our dorm, a large and light room arranged with bunk beds and curtains to ensure some privacy.
In OZU there are also 3 double rooms. If you wish to reserve one for you this is possible and the additional fee is 20 Euro per night.
Toilets/bathrooms are always in common.
If you wish to stay longer, before or after the writing course, this is also possible and the cost is 20 Euro per day excluding meals.

Lunches and dinners are freshly prepared each day. All food, vegetarian or not is prepared mainly with local organic products. Breakfast is organized as a self service table, with tea, coffe, milk, fruit juice, bread, cereals, butter, jam, sugar, yougurt, fruit, bisquits.


Sunday 13
arriving day
Participants arrive during all the day. We will arrange different picking up points in Fara Sabina station (for people travelling by train, or by plain landing in Fiumicino airport) and in Ciampino airport. The exact timing will be defined accordingly to landing times of guests.
Dinner will be served at 20.00
After dinner there will be a small presentation of OZU cultural centre and activity.

Monday 14
Discovering the surroundings
We will spend one day discovering the authentic and uncontaminated nature, of Sabina region, visiting Monteleone Sabino and the historical Roman traces, Turano lake and it's beutiful villages, Farfa abbey and the Farfa river. All food and transportation during the day are included in the price.

Tuesday 15 - Wednesday 16 - Friday 18 - Saturday 19
workshop days
  • 08.30 breakfast
  • 09.30 workshop group session
  • 13.00 lunch
  • 15.00 individual training
  • 19.00 cooking lesson
  • 20.00 dinner
  • 21.00 reading and sharing
Cooking classes. We will have 4 cooking lessons. Every partecipant will have the chance to participate in one practical cooking session assisting in the preparation of different italian typical dishes and discovering some secrets of Italian cooking.

Reading and sharing. Meals are not only eating food, but mostly sharing experiences. We will combine the evening session of "readings and sharing" with dinner time having absolutely Italian style evenings around the table.

Thursday 17
Excursion to Rome
We will spend one full day in Rome. We will walk in the heart of the city following a particular theme that will allow us to discover the most famous roman monuments and learn about the history and curiosities of the city without following a conventional touristic route. And we will taste the best (according to us) ice cream of the world!
Transportation from OZU to the centre of Rome is provided by private bus and is included in the price of the workshop. Tickets of public transport in the city are included as well, while any other cost (such as food in Rome, museum tickets, etc) is in charge to each participant.

Sunday 10
Leaving day
We will take participants to Fara Sabina station (for people travelling by train, or by plain leaving from Fiumicino airport) or in Ciampino airport accordingly to their flighs schedule.


We will arrange different picking up points in Fara Sabina Station and in Ciampino airport. The exact timing will be defined accordingly to landing times of guests.
People landing in Fiumicino airport have to take a train to Fara Sabina station, where they will find a car waiting for them. Trains to Fara Sabina are leaving inside the airport.
People landing in Ciampino airport will find a car waiting for them.
People travelling by train have to reach Fara Sabina station, where they will find a car waiting for them. Trains to Fara Sabina station are leaving from Tiburtina station in Rome.


Places are limited to ten. To book your place, or to have more info you can send an e-mail to

Sagra delle Words is offering a free place on this retreat.

The winner is entitled to an 8 day retreat including writing workshops, free accommodation, airport transfers, and all meals included.
This retreat is open to writers in all fields regardless of nationality or age.The chosen candidate will have the opportunity to do a reading/presentation of their work during the week.The winning writer is responsible for all extra personal, living expenses, travel and insurance costs, telephone charges and any other expenses during their stay.
Deadline for application 31st March 2013
To apply please send:
1. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
2. Cover letter including a writer’s statement and what you hope to achieve through your attendance on this retreat
3. 10 pages of recent work (i.e. completed prose, poetry, scripts etc.)
Please email applications to
Please note we do not return submitted materials.

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