Settimo Cielo Writing Retreat

Settimo Cielo is running a writing retreat from 5-11 October 2014.  The retreat will be facilitated by Edana Minghella, the writer and jazz singer. Edana, an experienced group facilitator and qualified teacher of adults, is a writer of drama and fiction as well as influential papers and reports.  As a writer, Edana is best known for her collaboration on several episodes of Doc Martin, the British medical comedy drama series starring Martin Clunes in the title role. The series was created by Dominic Minghella, Edana’s brother.

Vincent O’ Connell, the writer and director will run a masterclass on screenplay writing. Vincent has directed and written extensively for television, film and theatre. He has been shortlisted and won numerous international awards, including Best Television Drama for the Royal Television Society, an Honorary Mention at the San Francisco Film Festival, and a BAFTA education film award. Vincent’s masterclass offers an excellent opportunity to grapple with key issues that matter for all writers: character, storyline, dialogue, and structure.

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The writing retreat will be held at Settimo Cielo, the luxury Bed & Breakfast located in a beautiful setting near Licciana Nardi. Accommodation will be at the retreat, and includes excellent home-cooked meals, transfers from the nearby train station provided, and a day trip to the Cinque Terre.  The location aims to provide attendees with the environment and stimulus needed to write creatively.

Places on the retreat are limited, so early booking is advised. For more information, contact Karen Hargadon-Feeney on

The retreat is supporting the Sciarpa Rosa campaign in aid of breast cancer awareness, and will be contributing a scarf to help create a new world record for the longest pink scarf.


Settimo Cielo Writing Retreat appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 21 August 2014.

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