I’m delighted to introduce Valeria Vescina, author of That Summer in Puglia (Eyewear Publishing, 2018) which novelist Rachel Seiffert has described as "an enchanting slow burn of a novel; a notable debut. Vescina's voice is admirably clear, her descriptions lucid, and her characters are human to the core."
Valeria is also a friend of mine from the UK. She’s a gifted writer, an experienced teacher, and one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met. And, she’s running a writing retreat in Switzerland in October that I’d encourage you to check out. xx Julianne, director at Guts
Writing retreat in Flüeli-Ranft, Switzerland, from 9 to 15 October 2022
Thanks to Julianne for enabling this post about my writing retreats. If you’re looking to hone your craft or to kickstart or polish a project, read on!
I’m a novelist, reviewer and festival director who has been teaching creative writing for the past 9 years, including to BA and MA classes. I lead writing retreats for participants at all levels of writing experience. My next residential retreat will be in idyllic Flüeli-Ranft, Switzerland, from 9 to 15 October 2022. It offers a mixture of workshops on the elements of writing, as well as discussions and independent writing time. The venue is exceptionally beautiful, with spaces, facilities and environs that couldn’t be more perfect for a relaxing, supportive and energising atmosphere. You can check out details of the retreat by clicking here. It’s on the global list of Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend published annually by The Write Life.
I’ll also be running a series of one-day masterclasses for the Literaturhaus Zentralschweiz in Stans, Switzerland, from December 2022 through to March 2023.
I’ve known Julianne since 2010, when we met on our Creative and Life Writing MA at Goldsmiths. Julianne’s mixture of fearlessness, kindness and talent – not only in her writing but in painting, too – inspired awe and friendship. How wonderful to see her entrepreneurial spirit and social engagement recognised by the Goldsmiths incubator that supported Guts Publishing’s launch and by Arts Council England’s endorsement for her Global Talent Visa. And great to see the list of Guts Publishing’s titles growing and receiving media attention!
Valeria Vescina is a novelist, critic, guest lecturer and director of the Hampstead Arts Festival’s literary programme. Born in Italy, she attended university in the UK, where she then lived for many years, before settling in Switzerland. She is a graduate of the Goldsmiths Creative Writing MA, and debuted with That Summer in Puglia (2018). She is working on a novel, a story of women, inspired by real-life events in sixteenth-century Italy.