Primavera: Festas, Wildflowers, and Inspiration (5/6)

The excellent writer & facilitator Chris DeLorenzo (of Laguna Writers) is co-leading (with Sharon Smith) a daylong writing retreat up in Forestville at the beginning of May — I whole-heartedly recommend Chris’  (AWA method) workshops to anyone looking for a safe and fun place to write. And check this one out: fresh new writing and amazing food? Talk about sensory inspiration.

-xox, jmc

Please join us for our first 2011 daylong retreat in Forestville on Saturday May 7th, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. As we anticipate our two upcoming writing retreats in Umbria this fall, we will once again let Italy inspire us here in West Sonoma.

In Italy, May is a month of flower, food, and wine festivals (known as a festas), so we’ve decided to have one of our own. We’ll feast on luscious words in the morning and afternoon, and our lunchtime meal will be a celebration of flowers and the spring Italian harvest.

This retreat will have the same format as our previous retreats: we’ll write all morning, take several short breaks, and one longer break at lunchtime. For lunch, we’ll serve a spring asparagus risotto and Italian skewers, a seasonal salad and a special Italian dessert. After lunch, we’ll write again all afternoon, and end the day with an evening prosecco toast paired with some antipasti. (Expect artichoke bruschetta, another seasonal Italian treat.)

The Forestville Retreat is $150 and includes the all-day workshop, as well as the morning treat, snacks, lunch, dessert, hot beverages, and wine.

These retreats tend to fill fast, and many participants return to write with us again, so if you are interested, please make a non-refundable $75 deposit to hold your place. You may do this by arranging to send Chris a check; you can also sign up on the “Fees and Deposits” page, using the Paypal drop-down menu.

For more information, please go to Laguna Writers or call: 415-206-9771.

To contact Sharon about accommodations or restaurants, or see more photos of Birdland, check out her web site at or contact her directly at or 415-378-8005

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