Archives for September 2020

Tim Wilmot: an affinity for painting landscapes

Painting by Tim Wilmot a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Tim: painting in the Watermill walled garden.

Tim Wilmot‘s watercolours are a delight and we are looking forward to welcoming again to the Watermill for another stimulating painting course this autumn.

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
An atmospheric watercolour by Tim of one of the ancient watermills at Posara.

We are looking forward to meeting up again with Tim for his course in watercolours, which will run from Saturday 2 October to Saturday, 9 October 2021.

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A vibrant watercolour of an old vineyard by Tim Wilmot.

I have made one of those fun, 30-second Facebook slideshows with these and other of Tim’s evocative watercolours, which you can see by clicking here.

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim Wilmot is an artist from Bristol in the UK, specialising in watercolours, exploiting the medium with tone and light. Tim says: “I seem to have an affinity with painting landscapes, although I have dabbled with portraits and still life in the past, but always come back to landscapes. I prefer a loose or impressionistic style when I paint my watercolour landscapes, and I hope you like their informality.His vibrant picture above is of The Watermill and river.

As well as an exciting artist, Tim is also an inspiring teacher and on his course, suitable for all levels, he’ll help you to improve your drawing skills, loosen up your style, learn how to incorporate figures in a landscape as well as nurturing you own artistic ambitions.

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A tranquil nearby convent, one of our painting venues.

Here’s a comment from a student on Tim’s course here last year: Everything was perfect, your welcome, the luxurious accommodation, and the delicious food, Tim’s tuition was first-class and it was lovely to be able to sit and paint all day.”

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Tim Wilmot’s impression of the riverside by The Watermill

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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Tim Wilmot 

Saturday 2 October to Saturday 9 October 2021 

Watercolours

To learn more about Tim and his week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Anticipating another inspiring and entertaining week with Charles Sluga

Painting by Charles Sluga, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Charles’s painting of the wine demijohns in the Watermill courtyard.

We have lost count of the number of painting courses we have run with our friend Charles Sluga, but it must be five or so now, and we have fond memories of his passionate teaching and entertaining company. So we are looking forward to meeting up again for Charles’s course in watercolours (and acrylics and oils), which will run from Saturday 25 September to Saturday, 2 October 2021.

Painting by Charles Sluga, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.
‘Lunch in Lucca’ by Charles Sluga

Charles Sluga is a highly respected and sought-after watercolour artist in Australia, who has gained a reputation for his versatility in both his technique and choice of subject matter.

Charles is also skilled in acrylics and oils and is happy to teach in those media, too. He not only teaches technique, but also how to think and see as an artist. His friendliness, sense of humour and willingness to impart his knowledge makes his classes relaxed, informal and inspiring.

A comment from a previous student: As well as being a talented artist, Charles is an extremely capable teacher:” Another said: The most relaxing holiday I have had for a long time: lovely accommodation, exceptional food.”

A lively demonstration painting by Charles of the belltower in the nearby walled mediaeval town of Fivizzano.

I have just made one of those fun, 30-second Facebook slideshows with more of Charles’ outstanding paintings. You can see it by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

Charles Sluga 

Saturday 25 September to Saturday 2 October 2021 

Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Charles and his week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Come painting in Italy with Brienne and make her dreams – and yours – come true

Painting by Brienne Brown, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Brienne M Brown, from Pennsylvania in the USA, is passionate about watercolour and plein air painting. She says: “I find beauty in everyday life. Each painting reminds me of where I was, the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met … and I enjoy sharing how I see the world.”  Brienne adds: “Painting in Italy is just a dream come true.” 

We are delighted to welcome her for her first course at the Watermill, in watercolours, which will run from Saturday 18 September to Saturday, 25 September 2021.

Painting by Brienne Brown, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Brienne calls this atmospheric watercolour Commerce Corner.

Using strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes, Brienne will show you how to bring excitement into your paintings. No watercolour skill is necessary, but some drawing experience is recommended.

A comment from a previous student: “Brienne goes through each step guiding you through the process clearly while demonstrating her techniques and approach. I would highly recommend her workshop to ANYONE, be it a beginner or an advanced painter.”

Painting by Brienne Brown, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Rockers on the porch.

I love this quotation Brienne sent us:

Painting by Brienne Brown, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

I made a fun, 30-second Facebook slideshow of some more of Brienne’s lovely paintings, which you can see by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Brienne Brown 

Saturday 18 September to Saturday 25 September 2021 

Watercolours

 To learn more about Brienne and her week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Looking at Italy from an Indian viewpoint, with Milind Mulick

Painting by Milind Mulick a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

We are delighted to welcome our first Indian painter, Milind Mulick, to the team of internationally renowned Watermill painting tutors.

Milind is a watercolour artist from Pune in India who was gained a remarkable reputation in his own country and, increasingly, worldwide, for his atmospheric watercolours. His course, which he calls Colourful Watercolours, will run from Saturday 11 September to Saturday 18 September 2021.

Painting by Milind Mulick, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
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Milind has been painting in watercolours for more than 30 years, his artistic journey beginning in childhood following his father, also a painter. As well as being influenced by the great British watercolourists like Edward Wesson and Edward Siego, Milind has absorbed the styles of Indian artists too. He has won many awards and written a dozen books on watercolour painting.

Milind has also been teaching for many years. He says: “Teaching gives me great pleasure: I love meeting new people and helping them realise their artistic potential.” A previous student says: “Milind pours his heart and soul into his paintings and believes in spreading his knowledge.”

Painting by Milind Mulick a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Milind’s impression of an Italian market.

I have made one of those fun, 30-second Facebook slideshows with more of Milind’s colourful watercolours, which you can see by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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Milind Mulick 

Saturday 11 September to Saturday 18 September 2021 

‘Colourful Watercolours’  

To learn more about Milind and his week at the Watermill please click here

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Mike’s online painting sessions engender a sense of international community

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Mike’s impression of the seaside café, painted during this week’s interactive session.

As well as being inspirational and fun, Mike Willdridge’s free, interactive, online painting sessions are creating a sense of international community in these difficult times.

A sunlit Italian seaside café, in the village of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre, was the latest subject, and as well as inspiring people to pick up their paintbrushes, the session engendered a great sense of camaraderie. I have selected just a few of the comments from participants’ latest emails to Lois:

Full of admiration for your get-up-and-go attitude in these horrid times.

In these times, the art sessions have helped enormously making me feel part of a group and an international one at that!  

Since we’re in the middle of a severe lockdown, the painting sessions with Mike have been a wonderful distraction with loads to learn.

Thank you and Mike yet again for your morale boosting lessons.  My husband took a look at my painting and said, “Perhaps we should go back to the Watermill“, so who knows, I hope so.

Mind you, it’s not all plain sailing:

Hello Lois, many thanks once again for hosting another of Mike’s watercolour classes, all very enjoyable if challenging! I’ve just realised I haven’t given the girl sitting at the table any legs!! Never mind, I’m obviously losing it…”

Many of the participants in these sessions send us their efforts at the end of the day. As usual, here is a montage of a few of them, chosen entirely at random. Thanks to all who sent in their pictures; apologies to those whose works were omitted. We simply don’t have space for them all.

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You can see larger versions of some of the paintings in one of those 30-second Facebook slideshows, by clicking here.

We have organised more of these inspiring sessions, each of which can now take up to 500 people. They are designed to help you brush up your painting skills, and they are completely free, though many of our guests have generously sent us donations, for which many thanks. If you would like to donate (it is purely voluntary), Lois will tell you how to do so when you sign up for one or more of the sessions. (Details below.)

The next session will run on Thursday 15 October and, as usual, will be at 2.30 in the afternoon, British time. The next topic is ‘painting skies’. Here is a reference photograph:

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The following weeks’ subjects are ‘flowers’ and an ‘autumnal scene with couple walking a dog’. The dates are 29 October and 12 November. You can register for all three, or one at a time.

When you register with Lois, she will send you more images, and a drawing of the scene, to inspire you.

Please register by using the Watermill contact form, which you can find by clicking here. Mark the topic as ‘Mike’s free interactive sessions.

Unlike many online painting programmes, Mike’s will not expect you to ‘look over his shoulder’ for a long demonstration, and perhaps be allowed to ask the odd question or two. No, you will be painting along at more or less the same time, trying out the watercolour techniques that Mike has shown you, step-by-step. He will demonstrate some basic techniques for only a few minutes before you start painting the same subject at home. Then, after you have had your turn, Mike will move onto the next part of the process. Lois will be on hand to feed your questions. The session will last a couple of hours.

Before each session Mike supplies a photograph and a drawing of what is going to be painted, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette. We will send these beforehand to all the participants in the session. After the session we will send you a link that will enable to you revisit Mike’s step-by-step teaching.

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A previous striking subject for our online painters: the fish market by the Rialto Bridge in Venice: challenging but fun.

When you’ve enjoyed working with Mike online, why not join him for real, on his Watermill course next year?


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Mike Willdridge 

Saturday 4 September to Saturday 11 September 2021 

Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

To learn more about Mike and his week at the Watermill, please click here.

You can learn about all our renowned creative courses, in painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language, by clicking here. We would love you to join us!

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Watercolours with dazzling colours and powerful tones: learn how to create them with Jude

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Some lovely roses by Jude

We are looking forward to welcoming back our Australian painting tutor Jude Scott, with whom we had a great couple of weeks a year or so ago. Jude will be back for her week-long course in Watercolours (& acrylics and oils), which will run from Saturday 28 August – Saturday 4 September 2021.

Painting by June Scott, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A striking watercolour by Jude, called Riverside .

Jude is from Western Australia and has been creating, painting and teaching for many years. She enjoys watercolours for “their immediacy, unpredictability, translucency, dazzling colours and powerful tones” but she also paints in acrylics and oils. She says: I love a new challenge and paint all subjects – faces, florals, boats and landscapes.”

Painting by June Scott, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Evening, Pentecost River
Jude Scott, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

As for teaching, Jude says: “I love sharing what I have learnt over many years of painting and it is always a thrill watching ‘the artist within’ emerge from each individual student.”

One of her previous students says: “Jude was truly amazing, great tempo, strong knowledge base, strong interpersonal skills, just the right mix of doing and listening.” And a comment from a guest on Jude’s previous week at the Watermill: “Very many thanks for such a wonderful week. I trust your gorgeous corner of Tuscany continues to thrive with all the warmth and creativity…such a charming and memorable week.”

I have made one of those fun 30-second Facebook slideshows featuring more of Jude’s paintings, which you can see by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Jude Scott 

Saturday 28 August to Saturday 4 September 2021 

Watercolours

 To learn more about Jude and her week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

Come and indulge Randy’s passion: teaching others the secrets of watercolour painting!

Painting by Randy Hale, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
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We are looking forward to the visit of Randy Hale,  the exciting watercolour painter from Colorado in United States. As well as his workshops in the USA, he has taken painting groups all over the world.  After a successful business career, he returned to his first love, watercolour painting.

But his true passion has proved to be in sharing his knowledge as a teacher and workshop instructor. One of Randy’s students said: “Randy knows his stuff and he knows how to teach! The best watercolor instructor I have ever had!” Another said: “He’s an excellent artist and instructor, offering clear and positive help.”

He has not been here yet! But above is his impression of our walled garden, with the Watermill buildings behind. And here’s another impression of Posara below:

Painting by Randy Hale, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Randy will be with us for a week-long course in watercolours from Saturday 21 August to Saturday 28 August 2021.

Painting by Randy Hale, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
Randy’s impression of happy hour. There will be plenty of them at the Watermill!

I have made one of those fun, 30-second Facebook slideshows, with more of Randy’s paintings, which you can see by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.

Randy Hale 

Saturday 21 August to Saturday 28 August 2021 

Watercolours

To learn more about Randy and his week at the Watermill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Painters in the Watermill walled garden. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci

The Watermill presents: A ‘virtual’ evening in Tuscany with pastellist Rebecca de Mendonça

Painting by Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy
Rebecca di Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

We are delighted to announce that, in association with the Watermill, the versatile and talented English pastellist Rebecca de Mendonça is making a free, live, online demonstration of the art of using soft pastels.

Her subject is an evening view down the valley of the river Rosaro, looking towards the Watermill at Posara. (That’s Rebecca’s demonstration picture above.) The online session, which will be hosted by Lois Breckon, will be full of inspirational tips and will last about 45 minutes. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions during the demonstration, and you will receive a materials list and a video of the session, to enable you to have a go yourself in your own time.

Rebecca says: “Come and be inspired to use soft pastels to capture the atmosphere of a September evening near the Watermill. As I demonstrate, I’ll explain how you can use a small selection of pastels to create depth in the landscape, and how to mix subtle blends of colours and tones.

“The session is suitable for both beginners and more experienced students. It doesn’t matter whether you have used pastels before or not.”

Rebecca’s free online session ‘An Evening in Tuscany’ will be online at 2:30pm English time on Thursday 1 October. You will need to register to see Rebecca’s demonstration and to receive the reference picture, a materials list and, afterwards, a video of the session.

Please register by using the Watermill Contact Form, which you can find by clicking here. Please mark the topic as ‘Rebecca’s free online pastel session’.

And when you’ve enjoyed watching Rebecca online, why not join her for real, on her Watermill course next year?

Painting by Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Rebecca’s teaching and painting are the result of a varied career in the arts. Having completed her degree in Theatre Design, she worked on projects ranging from Harrods Food Hall to the Phantom of the Opera and has been commissioned to paint dancers at English National Ballet and actors in West End Shows.

Her atmospheric pastel above is of an archway in the walled village of Verrucola, one of our painting locations, while below is the stunning ‘Sitting on the steps”.

Painting by Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Rebecca will help you to capture the architecture and landscape of the beautiful Watermill painting venues with a combination of materials: soft pastels, pen and ink, Conte crayons and pastel pencils, separately and in combination, to achieve lively sketches and finished pieces.

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Rebecca de Mendonça  

Saturday 26 June to Saturday 3 July 2021 

Pastels and mixed media

To learn more about Rebecca and her week at the Watermill, please click here.

Don’t forget: The Watermill is renowned for its inspiring teaching, its beautiful setting, its delicious food and wine, and its warm and welcoming hospitality. We are also Cool and Green! All the bedrooms and public rooms have air conditioning, powered by our hidden array of photovoltaic panels, harnessing the sun’s energy to makes us self-sufficient in electricity generation.

Capture the highlights of your life, writing with Jo

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Sharing experiences on the vine verandah

Jo Parfitt’s Writing Your Life Stories courses at the Watermill have provided some of the most inspiring and creative weeks in our calendar, with dozens of people learning new writing skills to help them capture the stories of their lives.

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Listening in dappled sunlight under the vine Verandah

So we are delighted to welcome her back for another amazing week. Jo will be with us from Saturday 14 August to Saturday 21 August 2021.

The Write Your Life Stories creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically. Among other things, you’ll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories. Jo says: “The course at the watermill will provide a safe haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. You will be empowered to write in a compelling way, bringing your experiences to life.”

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Jo Parfitt is an author, journalist, teacher, blogger, conference speaker and poet. She has published 32 books herself, has helped more than 250 authors get into print and more than 2,000 people to begin writing.

Jo’s a compassionate, inspiring, and encouraging teacher: her motto is ‘sharing what I know to help others to grow’.

The workshop will include several methods and genres and is perfect for anyone wanting to write about their own lives for an effective journal, memoir or blog. If you would enjoy an injection of inspiration in a safe and supportive environment this course is for you. It is appropriate for students of any level.

Here are some comments from guests on Jo’s previous courses at the Watermill: “The most magical trip to Tuscany, which will stay with me forever!” “It is a very special and beautiful place, and everything was organised so perfectly. Jo is a great tutor and we all had an amazing time.” It was just wonderful. The attention to detail and beauty are a sure recipe for a wonderful stay. Jo is an inspirational teacher.”

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A collage of conversation on Jo’s last course, compiled by Sue Reed.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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Jo Parfitt
14 -21 August 2021
Writing your life stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

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Some of our guests on one of Jo’s writing courses, at the village of Verrucola. Picture Sue Reed.

Learn the secrets of successful scriptwriting from two ‘living legends’

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Maurice on the left, Laurence on the right

Comedy legends Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran are the creative minds behind classic television programmes such as Birds of a Feather (above), Goodnight Sweetheart and Shine on Harvey Moon.

And in a new incarnation they’ve written hit stage musicals, like Dreamboats and Petticoats and Save the Last Dance for Me. As well as comedy drama, Marks and Gran also create serious, award-winning scripts for stage, film, TV and radio.

They are returning to the Watermill for a unique course in scriptwriting, which will provide signposts to success for any aspiring writer.

Laurence and Maurice’s course will run from Saturday 8 May to Saturday 15 May 2021. Grab a place and to help your scriptwriting career take off.

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Sharing thoughts on the Watermill’s vine verandah.

The week-long residential course will provide fascinating and expert insights into what it takes to create a successful script. While concentrating on comedy drama, Laurence and Maurice’s unique insights are invaluable for anyone wishing to discover the secrets of scriptwriting for all drama genres.

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Listening to words of wisdom.

You will learn all about the complete scriptwriting process, from developing an original idea, through structure, character, plot and, finally, script. There will also be one-to-one tutorials, team writing sessions and, of paramount importance, the study and analysis of classic films and television programmes.

As a previous guest on a Watermill scriptwriting course said: “The teaching is truly inspiring, the setting beautiful and the hospitality, second to none.”

Laurence and Maurice say: “We can’t promise you success, of course, but we can promise that you will leave the Watermill a much better scriptwriter than when you came.”

A scriptwriting group out on location, before lunch at a typical trattoria in a local village.

I have made one of those fun 30-second Facebook slideshows with more pictures to give you a flavour of the scriptwriting course at the Watermill. You can see it be clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

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Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

8 -15 May 2021

Scriptwriting


To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and their course at the mill, please click here.

Come and join us and make 2021 a year to remember.

Seeking inspiration in the wonderful scenery surrounding the Watermill.