Interviews and discussions with global agents and publishers confirms beyond doubt that their most frequent request is for gripping text. Strong story lines that hook readers from the first chapter are more essential than ever. Every commissioning agent and associate editor that we meet with requires engaging stories, with deeper characters, more compelling dialogue and thrilling plot lines. It is with this demand in mind that we’ve decided to run a retreat focusing on pace, build-up and how to write unputtowndable text — in all genres. Whether you’re writing historical non-fiction, your own family history, romance, a memoir or literary fiction our 2017 Tuscan workshop aims to tighten your words and sharpen your story-telling.