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Writing & Photography - edition ITALY
with Sal Taylor Kydd




Oct 6 - 12


Spannocchia - Tuscany - Italy

Our creative writing/ photography retreat in Italy is designed for advanced photographers who are interested in writing and photography, and looking to develop their portfolio. 


The places we live, or those we have visited, often hold powerful meanings and associations for us. Our sense of place is something we hold within us, it anchors us to experience, providing a porthole to memories and to our sense of connection, of knowing who we are. 

This workshop takes us to the rolling hills of Tuscany to explore a place rich with cultural history and devastatingly beautiful landscapes.


Through writing prompts and shooting assignments we will explore how your writing practice can enhance your photography and vice versa, with a new portfolio, or serie where text and images works together to express your creative abilities.

Each day will begin with image and text review with class critique and discussion of your work;  as well as writing exercises to get your imagination firing. Afternoons will be spent shooting in and around our location as well as exploring the neighbouring areas. 

There will be time to review the motivations behind your work and your personal vision, with one on one time with Sal, providing an opportunity to understand your tropes and motifs and how to use them in your work with greater intentionality.

This workshop is designed for advanced photographers looking to develop their portfolio and who are interested in writing and photography.


Our creative retreat in Italy takes place at Tenuta di Spannocchia in Siena, Florence. The closest airport is Florence Airport. 

We will send out detail information about getting to our location Tenuta di Spannocchia when we have our group. There are a couple of options of transportation. You can choose to rent a car, and drive to Siena, which takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes from Florence Airport. There are local busses. Or we can organise group transportation which will require participants to arrive somewhat around the same time at the airport. Transportation and travel cost are not included in the tuition. 

Tenuta di Spannocchia

Spannocchia is a magical place, and a perfect location for our writing & photography retreat with Sal Taylor Kydd. Sal has visited Spannocchia before, and speaks fluently Italian.


We have booked The Villa for our participants which consists of 7 spacious and well-appointed double bedrooms with private baths. Rooms have a view of our terraced gardens, orchards, and vineyards in the distance.


The villa, once home to the aristocratic Spannocchi family, was built in the 16th century, and again expanded in the 18th century. The home was purchased by the Cinelli family in 1925. It is furnished with historic paintings, original antiques, and family heirlooms.


Spannocchia It is a unique integration of historic architecture and landscape. The 1,100 acre property hosts a working organic farm, a center for education and enrichment, and a multinational community.  There is something to excite everyone at Spannocchia: hiking paths, farm animals, verdant gardens, beautiful vistas, eight centuries of rural history, a swimming pool, friendly people, great wine, and fantastic food.


In addition, Spannocchia proximity to destinations such as Florence, Siena, Chianti, San Gimignano, the Tuscan coastline, and many small hill towns makes this the ideal base for exploring Tuscany. 


Breakfast, featuring many organic products from the farm, is also included in the price.

You can read more about our destination here.


NOK 27.000,- 

+ NOK 3.500,- for single room

Tuition include workshop, accommodation in The Villa from October 6-12TH, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Including in the dinner is the estate-produced organic wine. One bottle for every four people at the table.

Please note to register for a single or a double room. If we have no other person of your gender who opted for shared accommodation, we will offer you a single room. 

NOT INCLUDED in tuition:
* Plane ticket

* Travel insurance
* Transportation to/ from airport and during the workshop. 

Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later than 60 days before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner. For Norwegian invoices there will be an invoice fee of NOK 40,- added. 

International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 6% of the amount paid. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount, and make sure this fee is not subtracted from the tuition fee payment.

NOK 27.000,- 

+ NOK 3.500,- for single room

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Deposit: NOK 7.000,-

See payment details in the workshop description.


We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed on. The confirmation will happen no later than a month before the workshop start. 

We recommend everyone who travels to have a travel insurance. 

For our cancelation rules and withdrawal and refund policy, scroll to the end of the description and read the info in the blue banners.


The workshop starts on October 6TH. Check in is from 2-5PM. 



The workshop wraps on the 12TH of October. Check out is at 11AM. 


You need to bring your camera, your laptop, and your usual photo-gear to this workshop. You are also advised to bring a notebook with you for writing assignments. 

Students are expected to bring a small portfolio (max 10 images) of their work (print or digital) to the class. 



Originally from the UK, photographer and artist Sal Taylor Kydd earned her BA in Modern Languages from Manchester University

in the UK and has an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College.

Sal is a writer and poet, and has self-published a number of books

combining her poetry with her photographs. Her books are in

numerous private and museum collections throughout the country

including The Getty Museum and the Maine Women Writer’s

Collection at the University of New



Sal’s latest artist book is

The Call, a hand-made letterpress artist book. Her book of poems and

photographs, Just When I Thought I Had You, is now in its second edition.

Sal also teaches and is on the board of Maine Media Workshops & College in Rockport ME.

Instructor Replacement:


It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events. If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials. When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.

Cancelation Rules:


We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.

For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.

NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. 

Withdrawal and refund policy: 


We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies:
Withdraw more than 90 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1500,-. Withdraw 90 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full workshop tuition.

NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.

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