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We are delighted to announce the first Free With Words scholarship for the 2019 Novel, Short Story & Memoir retreat in Italy this coming September. Applications will be accepted from writers who come from marginalised groups. 



The closing date for scholarship applications has passed and submissions are no longer being accepted. Please subscribe to our newsletter here to keep up to date on future scholarship opportunities with Free With Words

“I am delighted that the

Free With Words scholarship targets writers from marginalised groups. As readers we need to learn about a diversity of experience. Often writers from marginalised groups are excluded from opportunities for their work to be nurtured and to grow. This scholarship encourages new voices and gives an aspiring writer space in their lives to create.”

Lead Tutor, Paul McVeigh


What's Included:

  • Daily workshops with award-winning author and Faber Academy Tutor, Paul McVeigh

  • One-to-one mentoring with author and facilitator, Brian Finnegan

  • Seven nights accommodation 

  • Opening night reception and barbeque

  • All meals and wine

  • Morning meditation

  • Poolside aperitifs each evening

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Closing night reception

Applicants must be from one of the following target groups:


  • The LGBTI Community

  • Socio-economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds

  • Ethnic Minorities, including Traveller and Roma Communities

  • Lone Parents


Travel to and from Arezzo in Italy will not be covered by this bursary, but we will draft letters for the successful applicant to be sent to local authorities and grant aid bodies seeking funding.

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