A Me-Treat is a treat designed just for you... indulge your senses, inspire your soul, find your voice and stretch your writing muscles as you get under the skin of the place you are in and explore your creative potential. Me-Treats are designed and led by author, journalist, poet and mentor, Jo Parfitt.
Days begin and end with words and sharing in a safe space. Mornings are for inspired learning. Afternoons are for following your flow and me-time. At six o'clock it's time for the highlight of a Me-Treat – reading, sharing and connecting over a drink or two as we give feedback on the day's creations. Then it's time for dinner, with wine and meaningful conversation. Fees always include tuition, meals and excursions. Most include accommodation too.
You need to come on a Me-Treat if...
You love words and would like to spend time with others who care about nature, good conversation, people and places. Write not to be understood but to understand who you are, what matters and what you should be writing.
What's on offer...
10-13 May 2019 – £399
Visit England’s most perfect stone town. Take lessons on the riverside, wander medieval and Georgian streets and be inspired by 1,000 years of history. Accommodation extra.
THE WATERMILL AT POSARA, ITALY
15-22 June 2019 – £1,800 (approx.)
Learn to write your life stories cocooned here, in unspoilt Tuscany at a rural escape beside the stream. Please book via watermill.net.
11-14 September 2019 – £1,000
Immerse yourself in the beauty and birdsong at this 19th-century petit chateau and distillery, Chez Vallée, surrounded by vineyards. Dine on the terrace, swim in the pool and start each day with yoga.
The weekly emails exchanged by these two authors touch on so many messages that are relevant to living an international life: deciding when to go home, maintaining your identity despite the changing scenery, grappling with doubts about whether or not you've made the best decision, worrying about who you'll be if you leave your international life behind, caring for family members back at home, navigating a life in limbo...I could go on and on. As a mental health professional, I was especially grateful for the sections where the authors were vulnerable and courageous in sharing their own traumatic experiences and those of their sons, as well as the steps they had taken to cope with these challenges and care for their own mental and emotional health.
Dr Melissa Parks, Therapist,
S-Z of the Savvy Writer's Alphabet from Jo Parfitt, the Bookcook.
15-22 June 2019
How to write your life story in a delightful setting in the heart of rural Tuscany — brilliant teaching and exquisite Italy all wrapped up in one fantastic week!
You will be in a beautiful historic watermill, set beside a river in a gentle valley, with stylish bedrooms in elegant buildings around the sunlit courtyard. You’ll take leisurely breakfasts and mouth-watering evening meals in the Watermill's new courtyard dining room (and also dine out in nearby restaurants to sample traditional dishes and local wines). The gardens, secluded millstream paths and riverside walks are all yours to enjoy.
The Write Your Life Stories creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer's 'voice' and to write authentically. Among other things, you’ll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories, and put this into practice right away.
Writers will be invited, but not obliged, to share their work during class and to receive feedback. It is the group feedback that ensures everyone grows as a writer and increases in confidence.
The class will include several methods and genre and is perfect for anyone wanting to write about their own lives for an effective journal, memoir or blog.
If you would enjoy an injection of inspiration in a safe and supportive environment this course is for you. It is appropriate for students of any level.
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