The rattling sound made by the klopotec is supposed to scare birds away from the grapes. It is also supposed to look like a big bird. Some people have amazing imaginations - do you? Come to Jeruzalem, Slovenia, and learn how to write a book, film or play - while being inspired by the country's beautiful scenery and, okay, its wines. 

The rattling sound made by the klopotec is supposed to scare birds away from the grapes. It is also supposed to look like a big bird. Some people have amazing imaginations - do you? Come to Jeruzalem, Slovenia, and learn how to write a book, film or play - while being inspired by the country's beautiful scenery and, okay, its wines. 

Wine and writing

The ultimate pairing for creative minds

Wine and writing break

What? It’s the ultimate pairing for creative minds.
When? May 11-15, 2017
Where? A peaceful, inspiring location of course – the wine hills of Jeruzalem, Slovenia. The writing workshops are held in a rustic inn overlooking the vineyards and the wine tastings take place in both ancient and modern cellars.
Why? Experienced writer, journalist, scriptwriter and author Chris Boiling likes to combine his passions for writing, travel and wine. He bought a rundown vineyard in Slovenia as a writing retreat and thinks other writers and would-be writers would also benefit from a long weekend away in a beautiful, relatively undiscovered part of the EU. Each of the non-travelling days will start with writing exercises and workshops to help guests generate story and character ideas, and to tell the best story they can in the best possible way, whether that is a novel, autobiography, film script, magazine article, short story, or play.
How? Read the details below, email any questions and check there are spaces available, pay a deposit via PayPal, then book a flight to Ljubljana as early as possible to get the best deals with easyJet, Wizz Air or Adria Airways. Turn up, have fun and learn two new skills – writing and wine appreciation.
Who is this holiday for? Anyone who wants to get a writing project started or wants to develop something that’s in its early stages. Guests will also be able to receive feedback on their projects after the holiday.

 The view from your base in Jeruzalem, Slovenia

The view from your base in Jeruzalem, Slovenia

  • inspiring location

  • relaxing atmosphere

  • get your writing project started

  • learn about wine

Do you have a story you want to tell? Do you have a yearning to be creative? Do you have an inkling that there’s a book, film or play in you? Well, here’s an opportunity to get your book/script/play/life story started.
ywine.press has put together an usual writing retreat in Slovenia, combining the inspiring scenery of the rolling wine hills of Jeruzalem, morning writing exercises and workshops to stimulate your creativity and give you the tools to get you started as a writer, and afternoons and evenings spent relaxing and learning about something new – the wonderful world of wine. 
The man behind the holiday, Chris Boiling, has been earning a living as a writer for 35 years. He has been a journalist for a wide variety of magazines, a scriptwriter for the BBC, a member of the BBC Writers Academy, a tutor for New Writing South, and has had three non-fiction books published. He is currently working on his fourth book and a pilot script for a TV series. 
His view is that, whatever you’re writing, it’s all about telling a story in the best possible way. “Most stories have similar elements, whether you are writing a novel, a film script or a radio play. We start by looking at how you create a story, what makes a good story, and ways of developing the main characters. We then see what difference the time and location make. Then we look at structure and the best way to tell a particular story. But because the atmosphere will be relaxed and the guests will be enjoying themselves, I think they will be more creative. 
“The beautiful locations – and the wine – will help!”
But it’s not about getting drunk, Chris is keen to point out. “It’s about appreciating wine and the stories behind the grapes and the labels,” he says. “And it’s about learning a new skill – how to taste and identify wines.”
He adds: “It’s amazing how much our creativity is boosted when we engage all our senses.”

It’s amazing how much our creativity is boosted when we engage all our senses
 Another inspiring view of Jeruzalem, Slovenia, and one of the wine tasting places we will visit on this wine break

Another inspiring view of Jeruzalem, Slovenia, and one of the wine tasting places we will visit on this wine break

The guests and workshops are based in a rustic inn overlooking the terraced vineyards of Jeruzalem, Slovenia. It’s a very peaceful part of the world. Slovenia is part of the EU and Eurozone. It’s south of Austria, east of Italy, north of Croatia and west of Hungary. Jeruzalem is about two hours’ drive from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, about 90 minutes from Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and three to four hours from Vienna and Budapest. Pick-ups from Ljubljana are included in the price.
The morning exercises and workshops are designed to get people motivated to write and to think about their projects in a new way, or create a new project. “But we make sure it’s fun as well,” Chris says. So there are trips to local wineries, where guests will get to taste wines in ancient cellars with the winemakers and also tour some of the more modern facilities that are helping to make Slovenia an emerging force in the world of wine. 

Dates: May 11-15, 2017

Price: £850

TIP: Arrive early and spend a day and night in Ljubljana.

TO BOOK
1.    Send us an email at ywine.press(at)outlook(dot)com to register your interest and we can answer any questions and let you know how you can pay via PayPal or bank transfer. 
2.    Book your flights. 
3.    Send us details of your flights and a 20% deposit (£170). The balance will be required 6 weeks before the holiday begins. There is no single supplement. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Remember also, the earlier you book, the cheaper your flights will be. easyJet, Wizz Air and Adria Airways all fly to Ljubljana.

Start the book, film, play you’ve always wanted to write in a stimulating setting