Itinerary for your creative writing holiday with Liz Pearce at The Old Olive Press

Below is an typical itinerary for your Creative writing holiday with Liz, however the locations may change depending on the size of the group, age of participants, if they have been here before and factors such as weather.


Day 1

  • When you arrive at Pisa airport we will be there to meet you. We will then transport you to Terenzano by mini-bus or car arriving in the village in time for lunch.
  • Once you have settled into your accommodation a light lunch will be served followed by a welcome and run through of the weeks activities.
  • There will be a short introduction session outlining the creative writing course and meeting the group taking part.
  • You will then be free to explore the village and surroundings.
  • Pre-dinner aperitivo with drinks and nibbles will be served early evening in the courtyard, followed by dinner.
Picture of the cascade; a lovely natural pool and waterfall

Day 2

  • Continental breakfast.
  • The morning will include the first full creative writing workshop to take place around Terenzano.
  • For lunch we will take you to ristorante Spino Fiorito, a lovely traditional restaurant a short drive away in Reusa.
  • The rest of the afternoon will be spent around Terenzano on creative writing work, building up notes and writing in response to the workshop and exercises. This will include group work and individual one to one writing time and tutorials by request.
  • Aperitivo followed by dinner.

Day 3

  • Continental breakfast.
  • After breakfast we will take you to the nearby town of Verrucola for a workshop morning of creative writing exercises as a group.
  • Lunch will be at ristorante Il Castello, a superb local family run restaurant.
    After lunch you will continue working around Verrucola, with your individual writing in response to the workshop exercises. Tea and coffee will be available from ristorante Il Castello.
  • Transportation back to Terenzano, with option to stop at Fivizzano en-route.
  • Free time to continue with your writing, relax by the pool or go for a stroll through the olive groves...
  • Aperitivo followed by dinner.

Day 4

  • Continental breakfast.
  • Transport to Fivizzano. Tuesday is market day in Piazza Medicea. You will spend the morning taking part in a creative writing workshop around Fivizzano, sharing with the group and receiving feedback.
  • Lunch will be at Osteria Il Sogno.
  • The afternoon can be spent writing in a venue around Fivizzano, and receiving one to one tuition on request, with tea and coffee available from one of the many local bars.
  • Transportation back to Terenzano.
  • Free time to rest or continue writing – with one to one tuition and feedback.
  • Aperitivo followed by dinner.
Picture of the town of Verrucola with its dominating castle

Day 5

  • Continental breakfast.
  • After breakfast we will take you to Il Convento dei Carmine. The Convent is a fine venue for creative work with its frescoed cloister and extensive grounds. You will spend the morning in a writing workshop set around the monastery. Lunch will be a picnic in the grounds of the monastery followed by tea or coffee.
  • The afternoon will be spent sharing work with the group around the monastery, with group feedback and individual tuition.
  • Transportation back to Terenzano for tea, coffee and cake.
  • Free time.
  • Aperitivo followed by dinner.

Day 6 - Non-tuition day

  • Continental breakfast.
  • We will drop you off at Aulla railway station where you will take a direct train to Lucca, the journey should take one and a half hours and the ticket is included in the cost of your course.
  • Morning and afternoon sightseeing in Lucca. Lunch is not provided for, but you will be able to buy your own lunch or a snack at one of the many bars and restaurants around the city.
  • Train back to Aulla early evening.
  • Aperitivo followed by dinner.

Day 7

  • Continental breakfast.
  • Monte dei Bianchi is a 30 minutes drive from Terenzano, a small mountain village with remains of a monastery and a recently restored monastic vineyard. You will spend the morning on your individual writing around Monte dei Bianchi, with individual tuition.
  • For lunch we will take you to Albergo Ristorante Da Remo, a highly rated restaurant a short drive away in Monzone. After lunch there will be an opportunity to share our writing around Monte dei Bianchi, with the group, share the groups responses and individual feedback.
  • Transportation back to Terenzano for tea, coffee and buscuits.
  • Free time.
  • As its your last evening, we will take you out for pizza in Fivizzano. After dinner you can go for a stroll, enjoy an icecream or even a digestivi in one of the many local bars.
Ex-convent of Carmine cloister
Painters sitting down for lunch as Spino Fiorito

Day 8

  • Early Continental breakfast.
  • Depart for Pisa Airport shortly after breakfast. If your flight is leaving later in the day, you are able to leave your luggage at Pisa Airport and spend a few hours sightseeing in Pisa. There is a shuttle service (People Mover) which departs for Pisa Centrale every few minutes.

The emphasis is on enjoying the writing process in an informal, friendly atmosphere, and as part of a group. The workshops are suitable for absolute beginners to experienced writers. It is an ideal chance for those who have started to write but need some more creative input and motivation to develop their writing skills.

We can cater for dietary requirements and are more than happy to accommodate any special dietary needs you may have. Please let us know when you book.

Liz will offer a series of creative writing workshops and exercises which can be flexible and fit into each day as appropriate. These will sometimes be held “on location” and sometimes back at base. The group’s needs will be taken into consideration.

The course will be practically based, and Liz will introduce various technical and creative exercises to improve your own writing, share examples of other writers’ work and give plenty of room for individual writing practice and feedback. The approach will be fun and inclusive.