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Elizabeth George 2017:

Process and the Novel

 

Elizabeth George will take workshop participants through her writing process, giving them exercises that demonstrate how developing a process stimulates and organizes ideas which lead to the elimination of road blocks and the creation of a final product. 

 

Tentative Schedule

 

A detailed schedule will be administered to all participants upon acceptance to the seminar. Note that this schedule is tentative and may be adjusted as needed by Ms. George.

 

 

Day 1

Arrival, Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport.

 

Transfer to Castellina in Chianti.

 

Social – Meet Elizabeth and the staff.

 

Dinner at Il Fondaccio dei Dottori

 

Day 2

Breakfast

Lecture part 1: “Art, Craft and Research”

 

Lunch

Lecture part 2: “From Research to Character and Plot”​

 

Writers work on individual assignment.

 

Departure/Walk to Castellina for Wine Tasting in Medieval wine cellar.

Dinner at Antico Ristorante La Torre.

 

Day 3

Breakfast

 

Morning Walk: Country Market Day in Castellina in Chianti (for those who are interested).

 

Lecture 1: "From Plot Kernal to Character"

 

Lunch

 

Lecture 2: "Character Creation"

 

Writers work on writing assignments.

 

Predinner aperitivi and socializing on the patio.

Dinner at Il Fondaccio dei Dottori.

 

Day 4

Breakfast

 

Morning hike to local Etruscan underground tomb (for those who are interested).

 

Individual meetings with Elizabeth and writing time.

 

Lunch

 

Lecture: "Dialogue and Voice"

Writers work on writing assignments.

 

Predinner aperitivi and socializing on the patio.

Dinner at Il Fondaccio dei Dottori.

 

 

Day 5

Breakfast

 

Excursion to Siena. Guided tour, sightseeing, lunch in the Orto dei' Pecci (a Medieval home farm restaurant). Return to hotel late afternoon.

 

Predinner aperitivi and socializing on the patio.

Dinner at Il Fondaccio dei Dottori.

 

Day 6

Breakfast

 

Assessment of assignments, feedback and Q&A.

Lecture 1: "The Craft of Plotting"

Lunch

Lecture 2: "The Craft of Plotting" (cont'd)

 

Writers work on writing assignments.

 

Predinner aperitivi and socializing on the patio.

Dinner at Il Fondaccio dei Dottori.

 

Day 7

Breakfast

 

Walk to Castellina for gelato demo and tasting at the Gelateria Antica Delizia.

Individual meetings with Elizabeth and writing time.

 

Lunch

 

Lecture: "From Step Outline to Rough Draft"

Writers work on writing assignments.

 

Predinner aperitivi and socializing on the patio.

Dinner at Il Fondaccio dei Dottori.

 

Day 8

Breakfast

Lecture 1: "From Plot to Scene"

Lunch

Lecture 2: "From Plot to Scene" (cont'd)

 

Writers work on writing assignments.

 

Predinner aperitivi and socializing on the patio.

Dinner at Il Fondaccio dei Dottori.

 

Day 9

Breakfast

 

Feedback on writing assignments.

Lecture: "Avoiding Dead Ends"

 

Lunch

Wrap up loose ends in final class.

 

Farewell Dinner at Ristorante Il Re Gallo, and Certificate of Completion Award Ceremony.

 

Day 10

Breakfast

 

Departure for Florence Train Station/ Airport Amerigo Vespucci.