DATES: Sunday May 24 – Saturday June 6, 2020

Important: Due to ongoing uncertainties caused by the pandemic, there will be no Montalbino retreat in 2021. Please check back for further announcements.


Apply by 11/30/19: $6300
Apply by 2/28/20: $6600
After 2/28/20: $6900

Shared room discount: −$1000 per participant (requires two participants)
Additional cost for non-participating partner (with whom you share a room): tbc

Discount for previous participants, Italian retreats (including Michelangelo Screenwriting): $400*
Discount for previous participants, L.A. & online workshops: $200*
Notes: 1) Previous participant discounts are not cumulative; you are eligible for only one. 2) The discount for previous Italy retreat participants is $300 if you register before 11/30, for a total price of $6000.

The registration covers:

  • Coaching, mentoring & tuition (see PROGRAM information).
  • 13 nights lodging at Agriturismo Montalbino (see the VENUE).
  • 13 continental breakfasts.
  • 10 lunches and dinners, plus welcome dinner on the first Sunday.
  • Pickup and dropoff at the local train station, if required.


In PDF format, please submit to the following:

  1. a statement of purpose (max 100 words) describing what you want from this program;
  2. a brief writing resume (max 1 page);
  3. the first 5 pages of a screenplay you’ve written;
  4. a description (max 500 words) of the writing project you wish to work on.

Once we review your application materials, we will schedule an informal Skype interview.

In addition, we require:

  1. $50 deposit sent via PayPal (see payment button below) – refunded if we are not able to confirm admission.
  2. 50% deposit within 6 weeks of admission.
  3. Balance by April 15, 2020 (regardless of date of admission).
  4. Signature of a standard liability waiver (to be provided later) by April 30, 2020.


Payments are by PayPal. If you wish to use a credit card, you can do so through PayPal. For PayPal payments from outside the United States, we require a surcharge equal to 2% of the payment amount. For example, you would add $20 to a $1000 payment, for a total of $1020. The surcharge is not required on your initial $50 deposit.

For U.S. students we can also arrange to accept checks or money orders. For international students, we can arrange wire transfers, but we ask that students cover the fees.


  • On/before March 1, 2020: $50 is non refundable; refund of payments in excess.
  • On/before April 15, 2020: $500 is non refundable; refund of payments in excess.
  • On/before May 1, 2020: $1000 is non refundable; refund of payments in excess.
  • No refund after May 1, 2020.

This is a small retreat that runs on a tight budget, which makes refunds for late cancellations difficult. Unfortunately, we are unable to make allowances for illness or emergencies. Please see about travel or personal insurance for that. Any questions, please talk to us.


All rooms are en suite. Prices are based on single rooms.

If two participating writers are willing to share a room, each participant will receive a $1000 discount on their registration.

You may bring a partner who will share your room but not participate in the retreat. Your partner will be welcome at meals and in our group activities. We will update this page with cost information soon.


It is our belief that great writing groups make great progress. We endeavor to ensure that each retreat is filled with adaptable, capable writers who can have a positive effect on one another. We therefore reserve the right to refuse any applicant for any reason.

Admissions are rolling. Once courses are full, we will maintain a waiting list. Failure to meet any of the deadlines listed above may be construed as cancellation.

Students may change the writing project they plan to work on, but they must agree on the switch with the retreat leader.

Please note that PageCraft leaders are working writers. It has not yet happened, but there is always the possibility that a teacher may be pulled away unavoidably due to the demands of an employer or a creative project. In such an event, we will make every effort to bring in a qualified replacement.

In the event that we must cancel a workshop for any reason, we will refund all money paid to us. We suggest not purchasing airline tickets until we confirm all details of the program with you. We are not responsible for air fares or other costs incurred by prospective students. Please look into travel insurance.

For any applicants with impaired mobility, it’s important to note that Italy can be challenging. There are cobblestones, uneven steps, and medieval buildings. Rarely do you find ramps. Where there are elevators, they are often too small to accommodate a wheelchair and often require some steps up and down. Additionally, many of our optional group outings involve walking.


A $50 deposit must accompany your application. The deposit is non refundable if we confirm admission, but will be refunded in full if we cannot. (Any problems with the button below? Contact us and we’ll sort it out.)

Important: Due to ongoing uncertainties caused by the pandemic, there will be no Montalbino retreat in 2021. Please check back for further announcements.