2007 Tuscany Writers Conference April 22-28, 2007

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A writers conference set in a 14th-century villa in Lucca, Italy helps writers become published authors with the help of a first class faculty of publishing-industry professionals.

Aspiring authors who want to nurture their writing talent in an unforgettable way and in an extraordinary place will be packing their bags for Italy this spring. The 2007 Tuscany Writers Conference--April 22-28, 2007--will bring together an outstanding faculty of publishing professionals in a 14th century villa in the hills of Tuscany. It will be an inspiring week of writing, workshops, and interaction with the very people who know how to get a book published.

Keynote presenters at the Tuscany Writers Conference will include Phil Doran, author of the Reluctant Tuscan which draws on his own life-altering move to Lucca. (Doran was also nominated for an Emmy Award for his writing on All in the Family, Wonder Years and Who's the Boss?) Respected literary agent Molly Friedrich will head the list of agents at the event. Friedrich represents major authors including Frank McCourt, Terry Macmillan, and Sue Grafton. The faculty will include important authors, editors and agents in the business, and all were chosen because they are also lively presenters and fun people. The event will cover the major genres--memoir, fiction, non-fiction, travel and cooking--and explore new trends in publishing. (Among the latter, for example, Managing Editor Allan Fallow of AARP Books will talk about the growing niche of books for older readers.) The list of presenters is available on the Tuscany Writers Conference website at: http://www.TuscanyWritersConference.com.

The Tuscany Writers Conference will be held at the Torre degli Onesti, a villa in Lucca, Italy. (Lucca is about 30 kilometers from the Pisa Airport). The villa was remodeled to perfectly accommodate the event, attendees and faculty. It offers premium suites with private baths (many have living rooms and kitchens, as well) while retaining all of its Old World charm. There will be an on-site Writers Café hosted by The English Book Shop of Lucca. Attendees will have use of the villa facilities. An all inclusive package for the entire conference and accommodations at the villa (7 days/6 nights) is available for $2425 (US). It includes a gala welcome party; two dinners; all breakfasts and lunches; and nightly social hours with wine and local delicacies. Transportation to/from Pisa Airport and an excursion to a local winery are all included.

Although the event will primarily focus on publishing in the United States, attendees from all over the world can learn about writing and publishing their work from the best authorities in the publishing industry. Keynotes, writing workshops, and networking events will take place over six spectacular days. International authors will offer sessions to jumpstart the creative process and offer a global perspective. The conference will feature a balance of craft development and uninterrupted time to write surrounded by the natural beauty of the villa grounds. Yet attendees will still find time to sightsee in the nearby town…or sneak away for a swim in the villa pool!

Packages for the conference range from $1145 to $2425 (US) per person. There is also a Writers Group plan available for groups of four or more. For complete registration information including 'quick and easy' on-line registration, please visit the Tuscany Writers Conference website at http://www.TuscanyWritersConference.com. The phone number for the Tuscany Writers Conference in Italy is 011-39-346-314-9809. In the US the telephone is 1-925-560-1403, or email inquiries.

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