Roman Holiday: Springtime in Italy! May 17th – 25th, 2019


Is it on your bucket list to write in a castle? Join us in May 2019 as we travel to Italy!

Just a short 45-km train ride from Rome is the stunning Palazzo Forani, perched on a hilltop and overlooking the medieval stone village of Casperia (an entirely pedestrianized town with narrow winding streets) and the romantic Italian countryside.

This 7-day-8-night retreat will feature generative classes, workshops, craft talks, and one-on-one mentoring sessions as well as plenty of inspired individual writing time.
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Casperia, Italy
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13th Century Tower


Palazzo Forani is a renovated 16th century villa with a 13th century tower, large courtyard, marvelous gardens and breathtaking views: Expect charming, unique accommodations befitting a castle. All rooms have newly installed en suite bathrooms and central heating. Rooms can be booked as single, double, or (limited) triple occupancy, so call your friends and make plans to share this once in a lifetime experience!


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“Palazzo Forani is one of only five remaining of the fortifications of the medieval stone village of Casperia,  Originally bought by the Maldura family in Napoleonic times, it was inherited by the aristocratic Forani family, who have left furnishings & layout almost as they were for centuries. The buildings are a fascinating combination of the centuries with nooks & crannies, stairs and steps and rooms in unusual places.”


We will have two catered meals per day (most days breakfast and dinner) with the third open to explore the fabulous local restaurants and a “light” breakfast only on the free day. (Dinners include wine. If you don’t wish to partake a price adjustment can be made.)

Dining al fresco in the village of Casperia


Kathy Fish and Nancy Stohlman have 25 years of combined experience writing, publishing, and teaching flash fiction, and they are bringing their expertise together, gathering serious writers of flash fiction in amazing locations in order to generate ideas and friendships, hone and explore craft, and give you the gift of time and inspiration for your writing. All activities/classes are optional and participants can create a schedule that is supportive and nurturing to their process while finding just the right amount of motivation, guidance, and camaraderie.

Flash fiction utilizes skills that translate to any genre, and this workshop is perfect for writers with all levels of experience with the form.

$500 deposit reserves your space. 

Full refund (minus Paypal fees) before Jan 1, 2019

50% refund (minus fees) before Feb 1, 2019

Full balance due by March 1, 2019

This retreat is now filled. Thank you!


Kathy and Nancy

La dolce vita!

Casperia map
Casperia–just 45 km from Rome

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