Something fantastic happened at the weekend – I was invited to teach a week’s creative writing in Umbria, Italy, in summer 2013. I said, ‘Yes, please!’ (several times, just to make certain that Sara at Arte Umbria realised that I meant it).
These photos give you some idea of how much gorgeousness there is to be found at Poggiolame. And sunshine. If you remember what that is.
I’ll be teaching a course on writing romantic fiction in summer next year – exact dates will follow soon – and students can expect help with choosing the right hero for the heroine, putting them together, keeping them apart, sizzle not fizzle, where your book might fit in the romantic fiction genre, and all the writing technique stuff, too.
Arte Umbria is already a successful venue for art and photography courses, and I couldn’t be more pleased that creative writing’s being added to the list. Especially if they’re employing me to lead a course. I love working with other writers, anyway, but to do so under sunny skies, wandering throiugh a couple of hundred acres of beautiful rural Italy or sitting around the pool is quite a bonus. Especially as when I first heard the courses were beginning I thought that they’d be in Cumbria and someone had left the C off!