Summer School
Fiction, Non-Fiction and Screenwriting

with Stephen Amidon, Kate Williams and Adam Gollner

1st – 19th JULY 2024




Holden Summer School is an immersive learning experience focused on writing and narrative. Each week, for three weeks, a tutor who is also a professional writer will be focusing on a different aspect of storytelling: Screenwriting with Stephen Amidon, Fiction Writing with Kate Williams and Non-Fiction Writing with Adam Leith Gollner.

In our Holden Winter School we welcome people from all over the world: in recent years we have had students from the United States, Holland, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela, France, Sweden, Israel, Nigeria and Russia, as well as Italian students.

Classes will be in English: it will serve as a lingua franca in the classroom, with tutors and for your own writing. A specific background or course of studies is not a requirement. At Scuola Holden you will explore different narrative areas and forms of writing, and perhaps you will discover that you have a knack for something you didn’t even know existed.

There will be a lot of writing from day one, and everyone will be working on their own texts and those of others to sharpen their critical sensibility and editing skills.
By the end of the three weeks, everyone will have a large body of knowledge and will feel ready to take their stories into the world.


Lessons will be at Scuola Holden, in these days:



1,500 euros | you can pay in instalments


15 people | as a maximum


30th | June

Those who want to pay in instalments will have to select the transfer option when paying: you must pay a deposit of 500 euros upfront while the rest of the amount will be divided into two more monthly instalments of 500 euros.

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Stephen Amidon | Screenwriting

A member of the Writers’ Guild of America and the Accademia del Cinema Italiano, Stephen Amidon was born in Chicago. He is the author of nine novels, including Human Capital, Security and, most recently, Locust Lane. Paolo Virzì’s film version of Human Capital (Il capitale umano) – won best film at the 2014 David di Donatello, Nastro d’argento, and Globo d’Oro awards.  It was also selected to represent Italy as best foreign language film at the 2015 Oscars, and remade in America in 2019. The film adaptation of Security, starring Marco D’Amore, was released worldwide in 2021. Amidon was nominated for David di Donatello and Golden Globe awards as co-screenwriter of the 2017 movie The Leisure Seeker, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. He currently divides his time between Massachusetts and Torino, where he is on the faculty of Scuola Holden.

Kate WilliamsFiction, Short Stories & Novel Writing

She is a novelist, Professor historian and broadcaster, a New York Times bestselling author and a teacher of creative writing. She taught the Fiction Writing MA at Royal Holloway, University of London, on the Iceland Writers Retreat and recently gave the fiction keynote at the Quill Fiction retreat. She has published four novels with Orion and Penguin, The Pleasures of Men, Storms of War, Edge of the Fall and The House of Shadows and is working on a novel about the 1920s. She has chaired the Women’s Prize for Fiction judging panel, the Costa book of the year panel and judged many short story competitions.

Adam Leith GollnerNon-Fiction Writing

He is the author of The Book of Immortality and The Fruit Hunters. He has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Smithsonian, The Guardian, Lucky Peach, and The New Yorker online. He used to be Editor of Vice Magazine and also played in a number of bands. He currently lives in Montreal.