2025 Travel, Food and Wine Writing Classes in Tuscany

$800$2,800

This course will give you an intensive introduction to the art and practice of travel writing, allow you to experience the incredible richness of the local wine and cuisine scene, and provide time to explore this amazing place.

Description

Travel Writing Class September 14-20 with The Writer’s Workshop

TRAVEL WRITING CLASSES – Travel writing, Food writing and Wine writing are some of the most appealing genres of nonfiction, calling on all of an author’s skills—dramatic scenes, character sketches, concrete detail, point of view, scene by scene construction—to compose compelling, engaging travel narratives. This one-week intensive class will introduce you to essential techniques of travel, food and wine writing and give you expert, insider advice about how to submit and publish finished travel stories.

The architectural jewel box of Pienza, one of the destinations of the The Writer's Workshop Travel, Food and Wine Writing Class.
The architectural jewel box of Pienza, one of the destinations of The Writer’s Workshop Travel, Food and Wine Writing Class.

In addition to learning these skills, you’ll dine at outstanding restaurants, visit some of the world’s best wineries, and explore fascinating historic sights during the travel writing classes. You’ll enjoy exclusive behind- the-scenes tours unavailable to the general public. Best of all, you’ll receive up-to-date story ideas from local industry experts that you can turn into finished travel, food and wine stories by the end of the class and submit to newspapers and magazines for publication.

The one week travel writing class will take place in Montalcino, a jewel of a town in Tuscany.

Students celebrate the finale of the Travel Writing Class.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

SUNDAY – 6:00 p.m. – Welcoming dinner at La Fortezza, the 14th century castle with wonderful wine bar and enoteca. Sample regional wines, cheeses, meats and specialties as you get to know the other participants.

MONDAY – 9 a.m. to noon – Introduction to the travel writing course, discussion of travel writing, genres of travel writing (article, essay, profile, etc.), story ideas. Noon to 2 p.m. – Lunch – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Tour of Montalcino. Dinner at an authentic Tuscan restaurant featuring dishes like rabbit, guinea hen, pasta with wild boar sauce. (Breakfast and dinner provided.)

TUESDAY – 8:45 a.m. – Meet in hotel lobby and board bus to visit Pienza or Monte Olivetto for tour. 10:00 a.m. – Tour of Pienza or Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore – Noon – Lunch at local restaurant. – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tour of Brunello winery. (Breakfast, lunch provided.)

WEDNESDAY – 9 a.m. to noon – Lecture and discussion of scenes, scene by scene construction, characterization – Noon to 2 p.m. – Lunch – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Free time – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Cooking class teaching how to make fresh pasta, red sauce and other Italian delicacies followed by wine tasting and dinner. (Breakfast, dinner provided.)

THURSDAY – 9 a.m. – Leads: the Five Best Ways of Opening a Story. Nut grafs: How to Increase Readability and Comprehension in Travel Stories. – 10 a.m. – noon – Draft story.  Noon to 2 p.m. – Lunch. – 2 p.m. – Optional walk through surrounding countryside.  (Breakfast provided.)

FRIDAY – 9 a.m. to noon – Write, workshop stories – Noon to 2 p.m. – Lunch – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Discuss publication, writing query letters, course evaluation, reading of stories. – 8 p.m. – Class celebration at local restaurant specializing in tagliatelle and bistecca alla fiorentina. (Breakfast and dinner provided.)

SATURDAY – Have breakfast, check out of the hotel, alas!

Travel writing is a tough job but someone has to do it!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Double-occupancy rooms at lovely hotel in Montalcino. Single rooms available with a $500 supplement.

GETTING THERE:

(See webpage)

TO ENROLL

The cost will be $2800 per person, including accommodations and most meals. (Single supplement, $500 per person) Plane fare, transit to and from Montalcino and some meals extra.

Please pay the non-refundable deposit of $800. Enrollment is limited to 10.

Spouses, partners or friends can attend the events and meals but not the class for $2000, with a $800 deposit. For more information, contact me. Please sign up early; the class likely will fill quickly.

The balance for the class will be due April 1st. After that date, there will be no refunds except in the case of medical emergency.

Travel Writing Classes in Tuscany
Travel Writing Classes in Tuscany take place in beautiful Montalcino, Italy.

CANCELLATION POLICY : The $800 deposit is refundable within 24 hours of payment. After that, it’s non-refundable. In the case of a medical or family emergency, the balance of the course fee may be transferable to a future class or may be refundable if you let me know far enough in advance to cancel the hotel room and other expenses. I highly recommend purchasing travel insurance before you go to make it easy to get a refund in the case of an emergency.

Additional information

Payment Options

$800 deposit, $2,000 final payment, $2,800 pay in full, $2,000 pay in full for spouse

  • Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

These travel writing classes are incredible. This is my third one, each in a different location, each a fresh experience. I learn something new each time and always have new adventures and meet new friends with like minds.

Teresa Shorter, writes from Greensboro, NC

You are the Domaine de la Mordorée rosé of travel writing teachers!

Julie Ramos, writes from West Nyack, NY

Best of all is Nick’s straight-forward advice, helpful information, down-to-earth nature, sense of humor and great taste. I love how we left the travel writing class with an article to send out!

Jenine Abboushi, writes from Beirut, Lebanon

It’s a very pleasant way to energize your travel writing in a beautiful setting with congenial colleagues. I enjoyed it so much I came back a second time.

Concha Alborg, writes from Philadelphia, PA

What an amazing week in the most beautiful place on earth! Learning the craft of food, wine and travel writing with your excellent insight and instruction was so helpful. Thank you for organizing the dinners, excursions and wine tastings. I would recommend this travel writing adventure to anyone with a curiosity to learn what writing for this genre can entail.

Michelle Morgando, a judge and chef from Las Vegas, NV

I wanted to say thanks for an amazing travel writing trip! It keeps hitting me now just how special everything was, particularly meeting the winemakers…wow! Thanks so much for making the trip so memorable.

Anne Banas, the Executive Editor of Smarter Travel

The Travel, Food and Wine Writing Class was so much fun that I find myself smiling whenever I think of it. The small class size is ideal for a seminar and even better for the excursions to the wineries and restaurants. Nick is extremely knowledge in all areas included in the seminar and is a marvelous host with a great sense of humor. It is obvious why the small “garage” wineries and the venerable estates alike warmly welcome Nick and his entourage. While not a fan of group travel in general, this travel writing class could not have been better. I highly recommend it to aspiring travel writers, Francophiles, and anyone who wants to enrich their appreciation of wine and food.

Kate Jackson, a writer from Missoula, MT

James and Marcus howled with laughter. Ann and Jack, heads crushed together, pored over photos. Nick gestured wildly, indicating precisely what it is about Bordeaux that speaks to his soul. Balash, the international party boy/philosopher, snatched and drained half empty glasses. Out of the corner of my eye I saw silver-haired Barbara tiptoe into the kitchen in search of more crème brûlé. I felt the kind of relaxing smile you feel at the end of a long day with people you know well. How did this selection of strangers become so at ease with each other? Continue reading

Erin Byrne, a writer from the Seattle, WA area

I can’t thank you enough for our week in Saint-Émilion. Rosemary and I had so much fun. I learned so much about travel, writing, food, wine and good teaching. I am so grateful.

Andy Hall, a freelance writer from Seattle, WA

I’m still smiling over our excellent St. Emilion travel writing adventure! Take care and thanks!

Kristin DeCook, a freelance writer from Chicago, IL

Thank you for such a wonderful week – you are a master!

Lauren Hirt, a freelance writer from Seattle, WA