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Free With Words Announce Tuscany Writing Retreat Scholarship

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Article by Writing IE Admin © 20 May 2019 writing.ie .
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Free With Words is delighted to announce a scholarship for the 2019 Novel, Short Story & Memoir retreat in Italy this coming September. Applications will be accepted from writers who come from marginalised/disadvantaged groups.

Award-winning writer and Faber Academy tutor Paul McVeigh, along with novelist and leading ghost-writer Brian Finnegan, will host the inaugural Free With Words retreat in Tuscany from 7-14 September, 2019.

The Free With Words Scholarship will give the awardee the opportunity to study with a world-renowned tutor, in a stunning, luxurious location.

Says lead tutor Paul McVeigh: “I am delighted that the Free With Words scholarship targets writers from marginalised groups. As readers we need to learn about a diversity of experience. Often writers from marginalised groups are excluded from opportunities for their work to be nurtured and to grow. This scholarship encourages new voices and gives an aspiring writer space in their lives to create.”

Applicants for the Free With Words September scholarship must be from one of the following target groups:

  • Socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • People from the LGBTI community
  • Ethnic minorities, including Traveller and Roma communities
  • Lone parents

The brainchild of Brian Finnegan, the Free With Words Retreat involves a week-long stay in the blissful Tuscan setting of a 17th-century villa on a Chianti hill with panoramic views.

“The outstanding location provides the perfect backdrop for a time of creative inspiration, serene relaxation, writing time, and dining with the best of fresh, local Italian food,” says Finnegan. “Daily workshops with a world-renowned tutor, one-to-one feedback, and inspirational after-dinner salons with like-minded creatives will also form part of the experience.

“Time away from our day-to-day lives is often what most aspiring writers are lacking, and both myself and Paul know from personal experience the creative strides that can come from a week devoted to this creative pursuit in the right setting. Free With Words, a boutique package tailored to individual needs, seeks to deliver just that.”

“Our passion and focus is to provide the perfect environment and support to help writers do their very best writing and to move forward in their lives with more confidence in their writing projects and abilities.”

The retreat will also feature a workshop with a top industry professional on editing your work, and how best to get that much sought after publishing deal.

About Lead Tutor, Paul McVeigh

The Good Son, Paul’s debut novel, won The Polari Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. It was shortlisted for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Prix du Roman Cezam in France and was a finalist for The People’s Book Prize. The Good Son was chosen as one of Brighton’s City Reads 2016 and was given out as part of World Book Night 2017. Alongside The Good Son, Paul has written comedy, essays, flash fiction, plays and short stories. His work has been performed on stage and radio.

Paul is currently a Faber Academy tutor. He has taught creative writing and read his work in Australia, Austria, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey. In the UK he’s taught at The Barbican Centre, The British Library, Hampstead Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Waterstones Piccadilly and at universities in Brighton, London and Swansea. He judges international literary prizes including, in 2018, The Edge Hill Short Story Prize, The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize and The International Dylan Thomas Prize. He reviews for The Irish Times where he also interviews authors. These have included Garth Greenwell and George Saunders.

Paul co-founded The London Short Story Festival, of which he was Director and Curator for 2014 and 2015. He is Associate Director at Word Factory, which according to The Guardian is “the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story.” Paul’s blog for writers gets 40,000 hits a month and has had over two million visitors.

About Facilitator, Brian Finnegan

Brian is a Dublin-based author, journalist, ghost-writer and editor. His debut novel, The Forced Redundancy Film Club, was a published in 2012, while his follow-up, Knowing Me Knowing You, was released to critical acclaim in 2014.

Brian is one of Ireland’s foremost ghost-writers, the name behind some several bestselling autobiographies for Irish and international celebrities. He has also has taught ‘Writing Commercial Fiction’ workshops at the Big Smoke Writing Factory in Dublin.

Brian has a passion for working with other writers to help free their creative flow and has helped several authors to bring their books to publication.

To find out more about the Free With Words scholarship, visit www.freewithwords.com, email info@freewithwords.com or call Brian Finnegan at +353 86 835 3775