Scriptwriting with two comedy legends in Tuscany

December 11, 2018 | The Watermill at Posara

Join comedy legends Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran for an inspiring Scriptwriting course at The Watermill at Posara, an idyllic retreat nestled in the Tuscan countryside (7-14 September 2019). The creative minds behind hit television programmes such as Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and Shine on Harvey Moon, as well as numerous stage plays and musicals, Laurence and Maurice will provide fascinating insight into what it takes to create a comedy classic.

The week-long course is a unique opportunity to learn all about the scriptwriting process, developing an original idea through structure, character, plot and script. The expert duo will guide students through one-to-one tutorials, team writing sessions and the study of classic films and television programmes, with enough free time to enjoy the beauty and history of The Watermill and the surrounding towns and villages.

The Watermill is a complex of elegant and historic Tuscan buildings, surrounding a sunny courtyard with an adjoining vine verandah, rose pergola and sun-filled walled garden. More gardens lead to walks along the river and the sun-dappled millstream. Expertly run by Bill and Lois Breckon for over 25 years, The Watermill is renowned for its inspiring creative holidays, which include painting, writing, knitting and Italian language.

A seven-night trip to The Watermill costs from £1,560 pp (two sharing), including all tuition, full-board accommodation (including local restaurants), drinks and aperitivi, transfers (to/from Pisa), local transport, course materials and a mid-week excursion to either Luca or the Cinque Terre. Flights extra. Non-participating partners are very welcome to attend and enjoy a discount of £250.

For more details, please call The Watermill at Posara on 020 7193 6246, or visit

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