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Writing your life stories and scriptwriting

We are delighted to welcome back Jo Parfitt this year 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. 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 proud to announce a very special Scriptwriting week with Laurence Marks, described by the British Comedy Society as a ‘Living Legend.’

Laurence Marks and Maurice Glen 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.

This unique course, with inspirational tutors, will give you insights into TV comedy and help you to craft your work from original idea to final script. Laurence promise that you will leave the Watermill a considerably better scriptwriter than when you arrive.

Your hosts at the watermill, Italy

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We would love you to join us, so if you are interested, please let us know and we’ll book you into Jo’s week and make a provisional booking for Laurence and Maurice.

Your hosts at the wtaermill in Tuscany

Lois and Bill Breckon


Here are just a few of the testimonials from our 2018 writing courses:

  • Thank you so much for the most magical trip to Tuscany, which will stay with me forever!
  • I had a really brilliant time at Posara, everyone was so hospitable and Joe is a brilliant tutor. Thanks again to you and your team for such a life affirming week.
  • What a joyful and inspiring world you and Lois have created there. Very glad to be back in touch through our shared love of writing and beauty, in which your oasis in Tuscany abounds. With great affection whenever I think of those magical days.
  • I had such a good time at the Watermill - it is gorgeous beyond words and how I loved my room. Your hospitality and kindness were so appreciated.

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 Activities for Non-participating Partners on all our creative courses, as well as a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.