DATES: Sunday September 6 – Saturday September 19, 2020

Due to travel uncertainties and in the interest of safety while the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, our 2020 Italy retreats have been cancelled. We are very sorry and hope to announce 2021 dates later this year.


Apply by 1/31: $2400
Apply by 3/30: $2700
After 3/30: $2900

Shared room discount: −$400 per participant (requires two participants)
Additional cost for non-participating partner (with whom you share a room): $580

Discount for previous participants, Italian retreats (including Michelangelo Screenwriting): $200*
Discount for previous participants, L.A. & online workshops: $100*
Notes: 1) Previous participant discounts are not cumulative; you are eligible for only one. 2) The discount for previous Italy retreat participants is $100 if you register before 1/31, for a total price of $2300.

The registration covers:

  • Coaching, mentoring & tuition (see PROGRAM information).
  • 13 nights lodging at Istituto San Lodovico (see the VENUE).
  • 13 continental breakfasts.
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner.
  • Key to the City (ticket package for Orvieto’s sights and museums)
  • Pickup and dropoff at the Orvieto train station, if required.


In PDF format, please submit to info@pagecraftwriting.com 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 July 1, 2020 (regardless of date of admission).
  4. Signature of a standard liability waiver (to be provided later) by August 1, 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 June 1, 2019: $50 is non refundable; refund of payments in excess.
  • On/before July 15, 2019: $200 is non refundable; refund of payments in excess.
  • On/before August 18, 2019: $800 is non refundable; refund of payments in excess.
  • No refund after August 18, 2019.

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 $400 discount on their registration.

The cost of bringing a partner who will share your room but not participate in the retreat is an additional $550. Your partner will receive a Key to the City and be welcome in our group activities, like the welcome and farewell dinners.

If for some reason we cannot accommodate your needs, we will help you explore accommodations at other Orvieto hotels, including the Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini next door, and reduce your registration rate to reflect that you won’t require lodging.


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.)

Note: this retreat has been cancelled due to travel uncertainties and in the interest of safety while the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.