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Welcome to the second annual International Women´s Fiction Festival and writing retreat

Whether you´re a published author, aspiring writer, editor, agent or fan of women´s fiction, you´ve come to the right place.

Mark your calendar for September 28 - October 1, 2005 for this exciting cultural and networking event, held in English in the romantic setting of Matera, Italy, near Bari. The festival includes writing workshops, a unique Food and Wine Writing for Fiction Writers workshop, editor forums, concerts and food and wine tastings, and is open to anyone interested in women´s fiction, with a focus on writing for the large and growing European market.
Ci vediamo a Matera! We hope you´ll join us.

Registration Form is online!

In Matera, Italy

Ah, Italy. To help you acclimatize, we´ve arranged a walking tour of the Sassi district the first evening, followed by dinner in a local restaurant. Then the day after the retreat ends, we are organizing an excursion to Taranto to see the 'Ori di Taranto', the world-famous collection of ancient Greek jewelry and to Lecce, a gorgeous baroque city, the Florence of the South.

Meet Editors and Authors

Here´s your chance to mingle with European women´s fiction editors and international literary agents. Our guest speakers will help us understand the European market and how to make your book as export friendly as possible.

Explore the European Market

In our foreign rights and translation panels we´ll discuss the global marketplace, translations, royalties and international distribution.
If you'd like to get to know other festival attendees before the event, feel free to join our Yahoo chat group.

Time to Write

Indulge your muse! We´ve set aside time just for you and your work. In the afternoon, we´ll workshop what you´ve written or brought along for review.


Join us for an innovative course - Food and Wine Writing for Fiction Writers, run by celebrated LA chef Evan Kleiman, proprietor of Angeli Caffe ( on Melrose Avenue, head of the Los Angeles Slow Food Convivium.

Time to Celebrate

In addition to food and wine tasting, we´ll enjoy a concerts, booksignings, meetings with the public and the awarding of La Baccante - a Harlequin Mondadori-sponsored literary prize.

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