"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

Leopardi Writing Conference Program



Join us in Italy for an exciting event: the second 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:

2019 Faculty

Lou Berney

Fiction Workshop Leader

Christine O'Brien

Nonfiction Workshop Leader

Kristina Marie Darling

Poetry Workshop Leader

Frederick Turner

Distinguished Guest Speaker

Annemarie Estor

Distinguished Guest Speaker

Patricia Hampl

Distinguished Guest Speaker

Lynn Freed

Distinguished Guest Speaker

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.

There is no fee to apply.


Thomas Cooney

Founder and Co-Director

Lain Hart

Founder and Co-Director

Alan Pitts


Hannah Reigel


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



Apply now for FREE!

The Leopardi Writing Conference is now accepting applications for Summer, 2019.

Email your manuscript as a doc, docx, or pdf file to giacomo@leopardiwc.org

Please name the file as follows:
Fiction: 2019_Fiction_Lastname_FirstInitial.doc
Nonfiction: 2019_Nonfiction_Lastname_FirstInitial.doc
Poetry: 2019_Poetry_Lastname_FirstInitial.doc
Example: 2019_Fiction_Chandler_R.docx

  • Maximum length (for all genres): 20 pages (12 pt. font, double-spaced)
  • If submitting more than one item (multiple poems, for instance), please combine them into one document.
  • If submitting a novel excerpt, please include a one-page plot summary as the last page of your manuscript.
  • There is no need to include a cover letter; however, if there is any information that you would include in a cover letter, please include it in the email to which you attach your manuscript.

Shortly after submitting your manuscript via email, you will receive notification of your application status from giacomo@leopardiwc.org

The Jeannine Cooney Scholarship for Excellence in Fiction
The Frederick E. Hart Scholarship for Excellence in Nonfiction
The Giacomo Leopardi Scholarship for Excellence in Poetry
  • "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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