Dates & Details

A treasured place where we were given room to contemplate, share, and grow in new directions as writers —  Muriel Redifer

Coming this November — Two weeks of Spannocchia Writer’s Workshops: We are pleased to announce that for the first time in 2017, the Spannocchia Writer’s Workshop will offer two one-week sessions in early November. Participants can either attend a one-week workshop Nov. 3-10 or Nov. 10-17. In addition, writers can enjoy two weeks at Spannocchia — a week of workshop and a week of revision.

Tuition and Fees for the one-week workshop (choose either Nov. 3-10 or Nov. 10-17):

— $1,500 for participants who pay before May 15;

— $1,600 for participants who pay between May 15 and May 31;

— $1,8000 for participants who pay between June 1 and June 30.

— $2,000 for participants who pay July 1 or later. 

Spouse /companion fee: 

The fee for a spouse, significant other, or companion to attend your workshop with you: $350.

 – The Novel/ Full-length Manuscript Workshop is conducted by Ann Hood, best selling author of The Book That Matters Most, An Italian Wife, The Obituary Writer, Comfort, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread and other titles.The novel workshop includes reading and critiquing complete manuscripts. Please note there is an additional fee of $600 for this workshop because it involves full-length manuscripts.

— Other 2017 workshop faculty will include Laura Lippman, Michael Ruhlman, Bill Roorbach, and John Searles.

Session 1 Faculty

Bill Roorbach and John Searles are faculty during the first session — Nov. 3-10. 

Session 2 Faculty

Michael Ruhlman will teach non-fiction during second session, Nov. 10-17. 

Laura Lippman will be offering individual manuscript consultations at Spannocchia for an additional fee during second session.

If  you are interested in working with Laura, please email her at AND cc Molli at

Fees for a manuscript consultation with Laura are:

1) Partials (25-50 pages): $400. This includes a line edit, a discussion of the project’s overview/synopsis and a one-on-one meeting to discuss all of my notes. My evaluation will include an emphasis on structure, editorial choices, and a road map for what to do after leaving the conference.
2) Full manuscripts: $750, which includes the same features listed above, but intensive line editing will be limited to a few sample chapters in order not to overwhelm. This will allow us to focus on rhetorical tics and tendencies, but will avoid the problem of “swamping” your voice. We will break down the book according to its structure and POV in a two-hour session. My working thesis is that the solution to a manuscript’s problems are already there, in the manuscript, but writers are often too close to their work to see them by this stage. I strongly urge you to bring a smart phone or a camera to photograph the charts/outlines we develop during our session. I use index cards and will give those to you, but we’ll be working on such a large canvas that you won’t be able to pack it in any suitcase!  Fees are paid directly to Laura.


Please note: All fees are non-refundable. There are no exceptions.

The  room and board feesCook making dinner ($800 for a double room/ $1,150 for a single room) include:

 Meals and Lodging
at Spannocchia. The food is extraordinary and the estate’s wine is served with dinner at no additional charge.

The workshop fee includes:

— Transportation between the Florence Airport and Spannocchia.

— Transportation between Spannocchia and Siena for an afternoon of sightseeing as well as dinner in Siena.

— All workshops except the New Novel Workshop (see details below).

— Evening craft talks by Ann Hood and other guests.

— Special evening workshop on Beginnings

— Spannocchia Membership fee (required)

PLEASE NOTE: All fees are non-refundable. There are no exceptions.

Optional Programs:

— There is a special Novel Workshop in which we read and critique completed manuscripts. There is an additional fee for this workshop.

Italian Cooking Class at Spannocchia – date and fee to be announced.

— Salumeria Tour and Tasting at Spannocchia — date and fee to be announced.

— An Afternoon Excursion to Tuscan Hill Towns — date and fee to be announced.

Check back for updates and additional information on the next Spannocchia Writer’s Workshop