Nostos Screenwriting Retreat in Tuscany

Price: $133 per person per night Spots available: 3 Dates: September 1 — 21, 2019
Posted by Nora Jaenicke

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John Doe

Los Angeles, CA

Jane Doe

Seattle, WA


Each year Nostos Screenwriting Retreat offers 1 scholarship for each of the three week intensive screenwriting workshops taking place on the gorgeous island of Elba and the Tuscan Countryside.

The next workshop will happen in Tuscany in September 2019.

The screenwriting workshop will take the participants through the process of creating the script for a feature film, from putting together an outline and beat sheet and, finally, turning the structural outline into scenes.

It is designed for beginners as well as seasoned screenwriters, who need a place to focus and get feedback on their ideas.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have a detailed outline of their feature and most, if not all, of a first act.

The Screenwriting Lab is based on a combination of individual writing phases, personal talks and coachings. The unique surroundings and the landscape of Tuscany provide an ideal setting to encourage the creative writing process.


Here are the Biographies of the team of instructors and facilitators running the retreat:

Rudy Thauberger wrote the screenplays for the feature films The Rhino Brothers and Chicago Heights (with Daniel Nearing), as well as the short film Goalie (based on his short story). He has also written teleplays for the SyFy network movies-of-the week Snowmaggedon and The 12 Disasters of Christmas.

He is a past winner of the BC Literary Rites short story competition, a finalist in the Canadian National Playwriting Contest, a two-time winner of the Monday Magazine short story contest and has been shortlisted four times in the annual 3-Day Novel Contest. He is the co-creater and writer of the web series Coma State (currently in development) and has worked as a story editor on several films and comic books, most recently the feature film Hogtown. His short story Goalie has been anthologized over twenty times.
Currently, he's working on several film, television and comic book projects, including the upcoming webs series 60 Second Screams.

He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and works as an instructor at the Vancouver Film School.

David Pope is a screenwriter and script consultant working internationally.
David is the annual consultant / moderator for the Rotterdam Lab at CineMart and co-founder of Stowe Story Labs.

David has worked as script consultant on single projects and slates in US, Europe, Middle East. North Africa and Asia including work with Academy Award and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters, national film funds and regional agencies.

David recently completed a commission writing the latest draft of the European co-production TEMPELHOF and has recently been commissioned to write the international co-production RULIN. David is the director of advance films with whom he has slate of projects. Currently in development is feature film THE BELONGING and television drama RECONSTRUCTION.

Previous script development and training clients include:
BFI, UK Film Council, BBC, BAFTA, National Theatre, British Council, Creative Europe, Cannes Cinefondation, Royal Film Commission – Jordan, Rawi Screenwriting Lab, Warp Films, Allfilm, Wajda School, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Polish Film Institute, Media Business School, Cannes Film Festival, Film London,

Nora Jaenicke is an award-winning filmmaker currently residing between Cambridge and New York City.

She grew up in Italy with German parents and studied Film at the European Institute of Design in Rome and Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School. Later on she was able to deepen her studies in Psychology and Creative Writing at Harvard University while on a full scholarship.

She has worked in Cologne, Germany for the Documentary Film Production Company Taglichtmedia and as a Set Designer in Los Angeles, before starting to write and direct her own films. Among other films she has worked as a Set Designer on Chronenberg's Film "A Dangerous Method". Her feature length screenplay Whales was selected to be a part of the Kitzbuehl Writing Residency in August 2017.

Her most recent film Between Seconds has won 33 Awards all over the world.

The short film version of her feature length screenplay Whales is currently on its festival circuit and has already won ten awards at festivals around the world.

Nora is currently in post-production of one more short film Joyce, also a short film version of a feature that she is hoping to make: A mosaic of interrelated stories that explore the American Dream and the plight of immigrants in New York City.


Pricing for the 3-week retreat:

3500€ for a single room
2500€ for a shared double room

* inclusive of three meals a day and workshops

Included in the Cost

  • Accommodation: Shared room with your own bed
  • Accommodation: Shared room with a shared bed
  • Activities
  • Food

Trip info

Tuscany, Italy
Accommodation: Tuscan Villa
Number of spots available: 3
Arts, Wellness, & Spiritual Retreats, Personal Development

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