Work through journaling, story-telling exercises, and foundational writing work to create the basis of your story. Depending on your style and platform, you may even finish your story during our time together. Reflect on your experiences both joyous and painful, and mine them to find the nuggets of gold that serve your story best. Leave the course feeling powerful, in control of your narrative, and confident in your creative voice. Heidi will help create your springboard. How far it will take you is up to you.

DATES: September 15 – 21, 2019

PRICE:  $3495 USD

THEME: Find your own voice and tell your story in a platform that suits you. Whether you want to create a basis for a memoir, develop a key theme for a blog or podcast, or structure a script, this course is for you. It’s not therapy but it’s likely to be therapeutic and empowering.

Meet Heidi

Heidi has written numerous features, treatments, and TV pilots for various independent producers. She’s also written a novel and is working on a second. She and her husband founded PageCraft Writing in 2008 offering script coaching and writing retreats in LA and Italy. Her clients have gone on to find representation, win contests, and become working writers. Heidi has written, directed, and produced numerous commercials, music videos, and electronic press kits for various artists. She’s currently making a documentary film about British artist Paul Whitehead.

Heidi holds a BA in English from University of California at Irvine as well as a certificate in Advanced Screenwriting from UCLA. During her undergraduate work, she spent her junior year studying art history and English literature from an Italian perspective at Universita’ di Padova in northern Italy. Italy and Italian language and culture have been a lifelong love of hers.


Your time with Heidi includes:

Day 1 – Be Heard – Where are you today in relation to your goals and setbacks? We’ll look at the unconscious ways we see ourselves. You’ll look at light and dark in story and how to make those contrasts in your experiences into narrative.

Day 2 – Goals and Obstacles – Blessings and Lessons – What is stopping you? You’ll analyze your obstacles and learn how obstacles serve the story in the larger context of your goals.

Day 3 – Fear and Forgiveness – Getting Clear On Character POV – You’ll unlock tools to use past pain as narrative gold. You’ll learn how to take the sting out of past pain so you gain masterful perspective and effectively use your experiences as story building blocks.

Day 4 – Character Drives Story and Structure – You’ll learn the functional elements of character motivations and story structure so that you can use all that gold you’ve mined to create a captivating piece.

Day 5 – Speaking Out Loud – Shaping and Reclaiming Your Narrative – You’ll work towards completing your foundational story work and design a clear plan for moving your project forward so you can be heard in the world.

Tour Details

Mornings will be spent in creative exploration, either in the studio or out around Orvieto. In the afternoon you will experience the culture of Italy. It might be a tour into the Etruscan caves, a cooking class, or a vineyard visit. There will also be plenty of free time to explore Orvieto on your own. You will receive a more detailed itinerary for the week in your final information packet sent before you travel.

A traditional continental breakfast is served each morning in the B&B. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. Recommendations are offered and no one eats alone!


  • Workshop instruction
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Six nights double occupancy lodging – Sunday to Saturday
  • Six Continental breakfasts
  • Cooking class including lunch
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Wine and olive oil tasting including dinner
  • Two additional dinners
  • Three additional lunches
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio chapel


  • Travel costs
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable
  • Transfers to and from the airports
  • Meals, except where indicated in itinerary
  • Personal items such as individual journaling and art supplies, wines, liquors, valet/laundry charges, and other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Optional activities, if any
  • Supplement for single room
  • Additional nights lodging


Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Travel costs are not included.

The balance including single room supplement of $150 USD and optional activities, if any, is due as indicated on the registration form, which is approximately 90 days prior to trip commencement. Payment installments can be arranged directly with Adventures in Italy Inc. Methods of payment accepted are email transfer (trips@adventuresinitaly.ca), Check, Visa and Mastercard.

A $500 USD deposit secures your spot today!  You will be contacted by Adventures in Italy to arrange additional payment.

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