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Announcing our 2021 holidays at the watermill in Tuscany Italy

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Scriptwriting and Writing Your Life Stories

We are delighted to welcome back those giants of comedy and drama scriptwriting Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran for a very special week next May. We know them as entertaining and inspiring friends, but the British Comedy Society describes them as ‘living legends!’

’Laurence and Maurice are famous for such TV hits as Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart, The New Statesman and Shine on Harvey Moon. And in a new incarnation, they’ve written hit stage musicals, such as Dreamboats and Petticoats and Save the Last Dance for Me, as well as film scripts and award-winning stage, TV and radio plays. And it’s not just comedy: Marks and Gran are producing serious dramatic works as well. They are currently engaged in writing a series, with Michael Dobbs, (the creator of House of Cards) on Winston Churchill’s secret and mysterious wartime valet!

Their unique course at the Watermill will give you insights into writing comedy and drama for TV, stage and screen and it will help you to craft your work from original idea to final script. While the course will focus on scriptwriting, the insights into structure, plotting, characterisation, dialogue etc. are applicable to any genre.

Laurence and Maurice promise that you will leave the Watermill a considerably better writer than when you arrive.

We are also delighted to welcome back Jo Parfitt, for another of her inspiring Write Your Life Stories weeks, the perfect first step for any writer wanting to develop the skills and confidence necessary to move into writing memoir, non-fiction, articles or blogs.

We have had amazing feedback over the years on the value of Jo’s course, and we are glad to say it remains as popular as ever. The course is designed to help both enthusiastic beginners and more experienced writers. It will help you to produce your best work, to find your true writer's 'voice' and to write authentically.

You will also have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people, learning new writing techniques with skilled help from Jo ... and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

We are very proud of these creative writing courses and would highly recommend them to anyone who feels the urge to write and who wants to improve the quality of their work. You can find more details of the Scriptwriting and the Writing your Life Stories courses by clicking on the Programme icon above. The other items lead you to further information about itineraries for the courses, the costs, and also provide information on frequently asked questions. We would love you to join us here.

Your hosts at the watermill, Italy

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We would love you to join us.

Your hosts at the watermill in Tuscany

Lois and Bill Breckon


  • Here’s a testimonial from Jo Parfitt’s Writing Your Life Stories course:
    Jo has been an inspirational teacher. I am heading home with a head full of writerly plans. This week has been an absolute delight. The setting magnificent, food sublime, and our hosts charming. The attention to detail and beauty are a sure recipe for a wonderful stay. SR
  • I had a really brilliant time at Posara, everyone was so hospitable and Jo is a brilliant tutor. What a joyful and inspiring world you and Lois have created there. RM
  • And from Laurence and Maurice’s scriptwriting course:
    The teaching is truly inspiring, the setting beautiful and the hospitality, second to none. PS

Bring your partner or friend!

Why not bring your friend or partner? They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and, whenever they want, to come out with you to our beautiful locations.

We also offer a range of Alternative activities for partners on all our creative courses, as well as a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.