"It was a fantastic experience. It was more full and personal than I expected — by far. The workshop gave so much insight and chance for growth. Being in a small group and having such direct input made quite a difference. I learned so much about story, craft, the publishing process, and refining my own words. The readings and even conversations outside of formal workshop times just made the experience richer"
- 2019 workshop participant

Leopardi Writing Conference Program



Join us in Italy for an exciting event: the third annual Leopardi Writing Conference!

An immersive program for new and experienced authors, the Leopardi Writing Conference consists of workshops and craft talks in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

As writing tends to be a solitary endeavor, the Leopardi Writing Conference will serve the inspiring purpose of community and place. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to receive expert feedback on your writing project, and get to know your fellow writers, including the distinguished members of our faculty:

2020 Faculty To Be Announced Soon

View the 2019 Faculty here.

View the 2018 Faculty here.

The core of the conference will consist of writing workshops, as well as lectures, readings, and panel discussions. There will be a free day to explore the City of Recanati and the surrounding Region of Le Marche.

The Gallery Hotel has generously offered a variety of rooms to our writers at discounted rates, and conference staff will be available to assist with any other arrangements.


Thomas Cooney

Founder and Co-Director

Lain Hart

Founder and Co-Director

Alan Pitts


Pascal Walls


Leopardi Writing Conference, Workshop Location



The Region of Le Marche

Just over two hours outside of Rome, Le Marche ("Lay Mar-Kay") is a region famous for its spectacular beaches and rustic mountains. Pastoral fields and forests offer a glimpse into an intimate experience of authentic Italian country life. It's little wonder then that, as the locals, the Marchegiani ("Mar-Kay-Jee-Ah-Nee"), will tell you, this is the land that gave us Raphael.

Leopardi Writing Conference Map of Le Marche

Recanati and "The Hill of Infinity"

The inspiration for the Leopardi Writing Conference is the life and work of another one of Le Marche's most famous sons, Giacomo Leopardi. A towering presence in the history of Italian letters, and a key influence on the development of Romanticism in Europe, the reputation of this celebrated poet looms large over his birthplace, the beautiful medieval hilltop town of Recanati.

With its Renaissance architecture surrounding an elegant piazza, Recanati offers an undiluted reflection of classic Italy. Set atop the marvelous "Hill of Infinity," Recanati makes a perfect jumping-off point for exploring the mountains and forests of Le Marche's interior. Just as close at hand: the sparkling beaches of the Adriatic Coast. Comfortable, ideally situated, and well-provisioned with modern amenities, Recanati's The Gallery Hotel will host the Leopardi Writing Conference.

Leopardi Writing Conference Application



Pelasgo Award: $500 + FREE tuition

In partnership with the Italian literary society Pelasgo 968, the Leopardi Writing Conference is pleased to announce the PELASGO AWARD.

PRIZE: $500 + one tuition-free full poetry workshop at Leopardi Writing Conference 2020

The winner of the Pelasgo Award will also be invited to Italy to receive the award in person, and enjoy a THREE-NIGHT STAY at the scenic Italian seaside bed-and-breakfast Le Terrazze.

To apply, submit two unpublished poems in English (maximum 50 lines total) to giacomo@leopardiwc.org

Application fee: $25

After submitting your application materials to giacomo@leopardiwc.org, you will receive a reply with instructions for paying the application fee.

Pelasgo 968
  • "This experience was unlike anything I'd ever done and was so enriching and fulfilling. The conference was set in the most beautiful place... An invaluable experience. I loved every moment of it!"

    2018 workshop participant
  • "Absolutely stunning! What a find! [Conference staff are] incredibly friendly and helpful."

    2018 workshop participant
  • "Profound... It seemed like Leopardi was there with us."

    2018 workshop participant
  • "A dream come true."

    2018 workshop participant
  • "Stellar! The authentic rustic Italian experience you dream of — without all the tourists."

    2018 workshop participant
  • "The teachers were excellent, extremely knowledgeable and approachable."

    2018 workshop participant
  • "Magical. Such a beautiful location, such thoughtful writers and readers."

    2018 workshop participant
Leopardi Writing Conference Contact



+1 650 877 2576

Email: giacomo@leopardiwc.org

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