ROME – September 2nd and 3rd, 2023
“From each according to their abilities, to each according to their need”
Take part in the big solidarity event created and hosted by COME SI SCRIVE UNA GRANDE STORIA. Donate and get the opportunity to meet writers from several European countries and attend their writing and screenwriting lessons.
We have chosen to support the Moroccan-Italian activist Nawal Soufi, who dedicates her life to the plight of internationally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers in the Mediterranean Sea and all along European borders.
Attend the writing and screenwriting lessons at the Teatro Garbatella, with the participation of great writers from all over Italy and Europe, and watch the Writers’ League, the international writers’ football tournament where England, Sweden, Germany and Italy will compete against each other
Support the fundraising campaign promoted by COME SI SCRIVE UNA GRANDE STORIA: donate to support Nawal Soufi’s work for internationally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers
Re-watch the lessons given by tens of writers at any time from the comfort of your device
WHY JOIN IN?
An event this big, with so many writers coming from all over Europe to talk about writing has never been organized in Italy before
By joining in, you will support Nawal Soufi’s efforts
You will have the opportunity to watch the Writers’ League, the international writers’ football tournament where England, Sweden, Germany and Italy will compete against each other
WHO IS NAWAL SOUFI
According to UNICEF, since 2014 more than 2,500,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea. In 2022 alone, at least 159,400 people have reached Europe, forced to flee from their countries.In Greece, where the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea recently took place, over 115,000 refugees and migrants live in refugee camps or in rented homes, in precarious conditions.Nawal Soufi is a Moroccan-Italian independent activist who dedicates her life and efforts to help internationally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers on the Balkan Route and all along European borders. They call her the “angel of the refugees” for saving tens of thousands of persons, answering to distress calls from sinking boats and relaying their location to rescue agencies.In Athens, Nawal and her team take care of families that attempt to cross into Europe to escape war and poverty. They need everything: food, medicines, blankets, clothes, legal assistance for their repeatedly rejected asylum applications, fuel to reach the nearest hospitals.With your help, Nawal will be able to support more than one hundred families, thanks to the direct donations that “Writing Solidarity” will generate.
Scrittore e sceneggiatore, ha pubblicato Crazy for football – Storia di una sfida davvero pazzesca (Longanesi, 2017), La guerra non era finita (Laterza, 2014) e, con Aureliano Amadei, Venti sigarette a Nassirya (Einaudi, 2005), di cui ha scritto anche la sceneggiatura per il cinema (20 sigarette, miglior film al Festival di Venezia 2010, sezione “Controcampo”).È autore di molti documentari, tra cui Matti per il calcio, Stessa spiaggia, stesso mare, Crazy for football (David di Donatello 2017), Come un padre e la docufiction Brothers in Army.
È nata a Pesaro e vive a Roma. Il suo primo romanzo, Evelina e le fate (Giunti, 2013), è stato finalista al Premio Italo Calvino e vincitore del Premio Letterario John Fante 2013. Successivamente ha pubblicato Il tempo bambino (Giunti, 2014), La vita a rovescio (Giunti 2016), L’ultimo spartito di Rossini (Piemme, 2018), Vicolo dell'immaginario (Sellerio, 2019), Fiaba di Natale (Sellerio, 2020) e Alfonsina e la strada (Sellerio, 2021). Il suo ultimo romanzo è Il pozzo delle bambole (Sellerio, 2021).
A best-selling writer, editor and editorial coordinator, her 101 things to do in Rome at least once in your life sold hundreds of thousands of copies in multiple languages. Ilaria also has two historical novels published along with other Rome-themed books and projects.
A journalist, writer and creative writing teacher, with Paolo di Paolo he is the co-author of A Roma con Nanni Moretti. Hid debut novel L'amore a Vent’anni was presented at the Premio Strega. His other works include Il romanzo dell’Anno, Cose dell’Altro Mondo and Guida Tascabile per Maniaci delle Serie TV.
A forensic psychologist and a family mediator, he is the founder of the family consultancy firm Istituto HFC. He has worked with the Birmingham Refugee Council and he writes articles on social behavior for several magazines and newspapers and on his own blog. He is a player for Osvaldo Soriano football club, the Italian writers’ national football team.
A screenwriter, TV author, copywriter and novelist, he is the writer of tens of successful films (Put Grandma in the Freezer, Mr. Happiness, Them Who?, Mafia and Red Tomatoes, White as Milk Red as Blood, to cite a few). A two-time winner of the Nastro d’Argento for best screenplay, he also authored several plays, TV Series and six novels.
An extremely successful and recognised screenwriter, TV writer and director, his first TV Series The Guarantor, won many prizes and was a finalist at the Emmy Awards. He directed five movies so far, including the multi-award winning Chinese Take-Away, for which he received the Marc’Aurelio d’Oro at the Festival internazionale del film di Roma and the Goya Award for best foreign film in Spanish.
A Medieval History and Psychology graduate, Emanuela is a teacher of creative writing. Her short stories have featured in several anthologies. Her debut novel L’Animale Femmina was well-received by the critics and public alike and won the Italo Calvino prize by unanimous decision. Other books she published include Insegnami la Tempesta, Quel che Resta delle Case and Resta con me, Sorella.
A certified mental coach with a background in Neuro-linguistic Programming and Coaching, he works with professional and amateur football players, marathon runners and tennis players. A Torino FC fan, he is the author of essay-novel Belli e Dannati – Il Popolo Granata e l’Arte della Pazienza and three novels, Va a Finire che Nevica, Mi Manca il Rosso and Un Uomo Allegro.
A philosopher, film director, theatre actor and publisher, he also teaches philosophy to children. With Maura Gancitano he co-founded Tlon, a cultural dissemination project. Andrea and Maura have co-written several books, including La Società della Performance, Liberati della Brava Bambina. Otto Storie per Fiorire, Prendila con Filosofia. Manuale di Fioritura Personale and L’Alba dei Nuovi Dèi and co-host the podcasts Scuola di Filosofie and Audible Club on Audible.
A writer, radio presenter and television writer, he has published twelve novels to date. His La Guerra dei Cafoni has been adapted for a film and Carlo was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2018 David di Donatello Awards. In the same year his novel Il Gioco was a finalist at the Premio Strega. His other works include Maledetto nei Secoli dei Secoli, La Battuta Perfetta and Quando Eravamo Prede.
A law graduate, she has been working in the publishing industry for over twenty-five years. A former head of press office for publishing houses such as Fanucci, Arcana and Fazi, Martina has recently worked on scouting and launching Italian and international authors and has been designated the next editorial director of Italian and international fiction for some of the brands of Italian publishing giant Mondadori.
Gian Luca Favetto
A Hydraulic Engineering graduate, she began by writing short stories which were published in several online magazines. In 2013 her piece Sutta al Giardino won PerVoceSola Award for best theatrical monologue. Her debut novel, Le Isole di Norman, was a finalist at Premio Calvino and was awarded the Premio Campiello Opera Prima. The second, Nina sull’Argine, was a finalist at 2022 Premio Strega.
Laureata in ingegneria civile idraulica, ha esordito nella narrativa pubblicando racconti su riviste online; vincitrice nel 2013 del premio per monologhi teatrali PerVoceSola del Teatro della Tosse di Genova con il monologo Sutta al giardino. È stata finalista al premio Neri Pozza 2017 con Pelleossa, intensa narrazione della vita del paese di Sciacca negli anni della Seconda guerra mondiale. La sua opera successiva, Le isole di Norman (2020), storia di un dramma familiare filtrata attraverso lo sguardo morbido della giovinezza, le è valsa il Premio Campiello Opera prima; nel 2021 ha pubblicato Nina sull'argine, finalista al Premio Strega 2022.
A philosopher and a writer, she is the founder of the Tlon project, a school of philosophy, publishing house, bookstore and theatre library. She focuses on topics such as gender equality, diversity and inclusion, digital public spaces and cultural communication and she works with many universities and institutions. With Andrea Colamedici co-hosts the podcasts Scuola di Filosofie and Audible Club on Audible and has co-written several books, including La Società della Performance, Liberati della Brava Bambina. Otto Storie per Fiorire, Prendila con Filosofia. Manuale di Fioritura Personale and L’Alba dei Nuovi Dèi.
Måns Gahrton è uno scrittore svedese nato nel 1961. Fin dagli esordi ha sempre voluto scrivere storie illustrate ma non ha mai saputo disegnare bene. Quando incontra Johan Unenge crea con lui la serie Eva&Adam, diventata poi un successo internazionale.
As an educator, he has been working for years with children under duress. He wrote for newspaper “La Stampa” and magazine “Linus” and teaches creative writing. His debut novel Per il Resto del Viaggio ho Sparato agli Indiani was nominated for the Premio Strega and won several awards. His works include L’Esatta Sequenza dei Gesti, which won the 2009 Premio Grinzane Cavour, Se la Vita che Salvi è la Tua and Anime Scalze, to mention a few. His 2010 novel In the Sea There Are Crocodiles was a bestseller in Italy and internationally and has been translated in more than thirty languages. Based on the true story of young Afghan refugee Enaiatollah Akbari, Amnesty International UK has described it as “a frank and revealing testament to the experiences of a young asylum seeker today” and recommended the book as a way to teach human rights to children.
Gian Marco Griffi
Born and raised in Piedmont, he studied philosophy at the University of Turin. A passionate writer and gifted with a fertile imagination, his short stories have been published by Cadillac, Ammatula, Argo, YAWP, Scorretto Magazine.His novels include Più Segreti degli Angeli sono i Suicidi, Inciampi and Ferrovie del Messico, the latter being shortlisted for the 2023 Premio Strega.
One of the most talented actors of his generation, he starred in many successful movies and TV series, such as Angel of Evil, Il Commissario Ricciardi, The Jewel, L’Allieva, Arrivano i Prof and La Porta Rossa. The novel Inchiostro is his literary debut.
A writer and screenwriter, she published the novels Devozione, Prima che tu mi Tradisca, Una Storia Nera, Questo Giorno che Incombe and Cose che non si Raccontano. Antonella is also active as a screenwriter for the cinema. Among other films, she wrote Fiore, directed by Claudio Giovannesi, The Champion and Una Storia Nera (adapted from her own book), both directed by Leonardo D'Agostini. Her books have been translated into several languages.
A British journalist and award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, Tobias lives in Italy since 1999. He has written and presented TV series for Italian state broadcaster Rai and several documentaries for BBC Radio 3 and 4. His Blood on the Altar and Ultra: The Underworld of Italian Football have both been optioned by film companies. He is the author of The Dark Heart of Italy: Travels Through Time and Space Across Italy, which has been a bestseller both in the UK and Italy.
È scrittrice e sceneggiatrice. Ha pubblicato i romanzi Devozione (Einaudi 2010 e 2023), Prima che tu mi tradisca (Einaudi 2013), Una storia nera (Mondadori 2017) e Questo giorno che incombe (HarperCollins Italia 2021), Cose che non si raccontano (Einaudi 2023). Per il cinema ha scritto, tra le altre, le sceneggiature di Fiore di Claudio Giovannesi, Il campione e Una storia nera (tratto dal suo romanzo omonimo) di Leonardo D'Agostini. Collabora con il «Corriere della Sera». È tradotta in diverse lingue.
A screenwriter and film director, he debuted in 2011 with Figlio di Dio, a segment of anthology film Il Pranzo di Natale, before directing the feature films Aquadro, Deep in the Wood and The Guest Room.
His other projects include the first six episodes of the TV series Cacciatore: The Hunter and the mini-series The Trial. In 2022 he directed and produced the TV series Christian for Sky Atlantic.
A novelist, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker, her literary debut Eva Sleeps was an award-winning bestseller in 2010. In 2012 she won the Premio Selezione Campiello with Più alto del mare and her Sangue giusto was shortlisted for the Premio Strega and elected “novel of the year” by German magazine “Der Spiegel”. She also writes for “The Guardian” and other European newspapers. Her books have been translated in many languages.
An actress, comedian, impersonator and radio host, she acted in tens of films and TV series, and won many awards, including an Italian Golden Globe and a Nastro d’Argento, both for best supporting role, and a nomination at the David di Donatello. Paola is regarded as one of the best Italian comedians for her work on some of the most popular and successful satirical TV shows and comedy talk shows, such as Mai Dire Martedì, Parla con Me, Braccia Rubate all’Agricoltura.
Since 2013 she performs as an impersonator on the nationally-broadcasted radio program Il ruggito del coniglio.
Laureata in giurisprudenza, ha fatto la rider, lavorato al call center e come cameriera mentre scriveva per vari giornali e siti, tra cui "Il manifesto" e "il Corriere della Sera". Tra 2017 e 2018 ha curato la pagina culturale del "Romanista". X è il suo primo libro.
His debut novel Formule Mortali has dominated the e-book charts and made him the recipient of several literary prizes. Both Come Delfini tra Pescecani and Nel Nero degli Abissi have won the Scerbanenco Readers’ Award in two consecutive years.
An editor and an editorial curator, a fiction and non-fiction series editor, a teacher of creative writing and publishing. He is the author of the novels Flemma, Salto d’Ottava, Accelerazione di Gravità, Tanatosi and Piano Americano.
He is the co-author with Paola Ronco of the Paolo Nigra series of detective novels of which Nuvole Barocche is the first.
A talent scout and development manager for the literary agency PNLA, his Multiversum trilogy has sold hundreds of thousands of copies in over twenty countries. Leonardo is also the author of the novels There, Time Deal and Darkness. He co-authored with Francesco Trento No spoiler – La Mappa Segreta di tutte le Storie, a storytelling handbook for kids.
Marina Pierri is the co-founder and artistic directress of FeST - Il Festival delle Serie TV. A scholar in narratology, her first book Eroine (Edizioni Tlon, 2020) explores the narrative archetypes in the heroine’s journey and was followed by a podcast titled Soglie - Viaggio nei Mondi Narrativi (hosted on Storytel). A Series Developer for EDI Effetti Digitali Italiani, and a scientific coordinator for "Come si scrive una grande storia", Marina teaches History of TV innovation in the Master in Series Development at the Civica Scuola di Cinema in Milan, Italy, co-financed by Netflix.
A screenwriter and film director, has studied arts, music and theatre. She is actively involved with several international NGOs supporting women’s rights and co-founded the theatre and visual arts magazine “TTR” and a festival of research theatre. Since 2003, Paola has focused solely on filmmaking and has directed short and feature films, experimental videos, animation films and TV series. Her debut feature film Into Paradiso was the recipient of a number of awards and nominations at major national and international festivals. Her Little Tito and the Aliens won the Nastro d’Argento for best original story.
A writer, editor and creative writing tutor, Raffaele is a curator for the Scrittorincittà literary festival. His short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies. His novels include Un Giorno per Disfare, Abbi Pure Paura and La Custodia dei Cieli Profondi.
A versatile artist, he published four novels, released seven albums with indie rock band Mambassa, of which he was the lead singer, and he is regarded as one of the most important screenwriters in Italy. He wrote highly successful TV series such as In Treatment, La Nuova Squadra and the 1992, 1993, 1994 trilogy. As a screenwriter, his credits include The Invisible Boy, Netflix’s biopic Baggio: The Divine Ponytail and his own directing debut, Una relazione.
He created and directed the Corto in Bra International Short Film Festival and the Slow Food on Film festival.
Sarah holds a degree in Natural Science and masters in both Forensic Science and Analytical Chemistry, and has worked for over ten years as a scientific forensic expert. She is the author of detective novels such as Gli Insospettabili, Il Testimone Chiave, La Banda dei Colpevoli and Delitto alla Tesla Academy.
A teacher of Humanities, journalist and writer, a partial list of the books he published includes Cento Domande a Piero Gobetti, Ideario Berlinguer: Passioni e Parole di un Leader Scomodo, I Sogni e gli Spari. Il '77 di chi non c'era, La Scuola Siamo Noi, Il Bambino della Spiaggia. A cultural editor for web radio station RadioArticolo1, he is one of the creators of UndeRadio, a web radio station focused on school education and one of the founders of non-profit cultural organisation Piccoli Maestri.
A scriptwriter and screenwriter for TV series such as RIS and Crimini, and co-author of Nero a Metà, Giampaolo's books have won many prizes and awards and have been translated in French (published by Gallimard in the “Série noire” collection and by Sonatine Éditions) and German (Bertelsmann). Some of his best known novels are Cosa Resta di Noi, La Ragazza Sbagliata, Come una Famiglia, I Giorni del Giudizio, Rosa Elettrica, Senza Dirci Addio and Sarà Assente l’Autore.
Boris Sollazzo è il vicedirettore di The Hollywood Reporter Roma. Cronista e critico cinematografico da 25 anni, ha scritto per le più importanti testate cartacee e non italiane e ha collaborato con alcuni dei maggiori festival internazionali (Venezia e Locarno), dirige il Linea d'Ombra Festival di Salerno, è consulente de La valigia dell'attore, dedicata a Gian Maria Volonté, e ha scritto sei libri. Ha tre ossessioni: il Napoli (e Maradona), il cinema e le grandi biografie storiche.
Born in Sicily and Roman by adoption, Nadia Terranova is a philosophy graduate and the author of award-winning novels such as Gli anni al contrario, Trema la Notte, Il Segreto. A finalist at the 2019 Premio Strega, her Farewell, Ghosts (Italian: Addio, Fantasmi) was translated by renowned translator Ann Goldstein.
An expert in crime reporting, TV presenter and editor-in-chief of Italian talk show Quarto Grado, has published detective short stories and novels including La Sposa Scomparsa, La Fioraia del Giambellino, Non si Uccide per Amore, Ultimo Tango all’Ortica, La Memoria del Lago, Ombre sul Naviglio and Gli Amanti di Brera.
One of the most accomplished and successful cultural managers in Italy, he was appointed to organize big public events such as the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. A former publishing director for several publishers, at 27 he was the youngest director ever of Turin Book Fair (Salone del Libro di Torino), which he directed from 1993 to 1997.
Dopo aver vissuto in Francia, si trasferisce a Rebibbia (Roma), quartiere cui l’autore è molto legato.
Il suo primo albo a fumetti, La profezia dell’armadillo (2011), ha riscosso un immediato successo di pubblico e critica (dal quale nel 2018 è stato tratto l'omonimo film diretto da E. Scaringi), che è stato replicato dal successivo Un polpo alla gola (2012). Tra i lavori più recenti si segnalano Niente di nuovo sul fronte di Rebibbia (2021) e No sleep till Shengal (2022). Autore per Netflix delle serie Strappare lungo i bordi e Questo mondo non mi renderà cattivo, nel 2023 anno è stato insignito del Premio Terzani e del Premio Feltrinelli per la graphic novel.
Born in Berlin in 1985, has since created a play with songwriter Rainald Grebe, driven a TV show into the ground with Thomas Gottschalk, and has worked as a freelance author for the «Tagesspiegel» newspaper, «Playboy» and the news weekly «Zeit». In 2010 he was a joint winner of the Henri Nannen journalism award for his work on the soccer magazine «11Freunde». In 2013 he won the Deutscher Reporterpreis. He has been writing for the Sunday paper, «Welt am Sonntag», since 2015.
A London-based writer and actor, his first book was Flick to Kick: An Illustrated History of Subbuteo. Daniel is the author of the official biography of Dan Dare, last in his series of books about "Eagle," the best-selling comic actor from the 1950's and 60's.
Jochen Schmidt was born in 1970 in East Berlin. After taking part in numerous language holidays during his studies, he subsequently worked at a university, and translated numerous works into German, such as «Shenzhen» and «Pyongyang» by the Franco-Canadian graphic novelist Guy Delisle. As the industrious co-founder of the weekly stage readings «Chaussee der Enthusiasten» in Berlin, which came to an end in late 2015, his repertoire ranges from short stories, newspaper columns and comic scripts to travel writing and absurd sketches and notes.
Giornalista, musicista, scrittore. Funziona sia per la TV che per riviste, giornali e produzioni teatrali purché ci sia una bella storia.
A Swedish journalist, he served as publisher and CEO of the anti-racist magazine Expo. He started working at “Expo” at the age of twenty in 2001, became the editorial assistant after the death of Stieg Larsson in 2004 then the editor-in-chief in 2006. An expert at mapping and infiltrating right-wing extremist groups, Daniel became a known name in 2001 when he infiltrated the ultranationalist and xenophobic Nationaldemokraterna party. His undercover report was broadcasted on Swedish TV channel TV3.
Is a London-based screenwriter and author of six published novels including bestsellers Golden Handcuffs and Feral Youth. She has been a regular commentator in the press and on TV and is a passionate champion of the underdog, often basing her writing on true stories.
Chiara Beretta Mazzotta
An editor and talent scout, she is the founder and managing director of Beretta Mazzotta editorial agency. As a journalist she writes about films and books for “Meridiani” magazine. An active communicator on social media, Chiara shares creative writing and publishing lessons, book reviews, writing tips and her podcast Libri a Colazione on her blog BookBlister. In 2020 she founded and launched Edday, an online platform offering courses on publishing.
maria elisa aloisi
A criminal attorney and a writer, her debut novel Fiutando il Vento won both the Il Borgo Italiano and the Tettuccio literary prizes. Her second work, the legal thriller Il Canto della Falena was awarded the prestigious Premio Tedeschi.
As a journalist, he collaborated with GQ, the Financial Times, the Times Literary Supplement among many others. His debut novel, the social satire Peterdown, was acclaimed by critics and won the 2022 McKitterick Prize.
A poet, freelance writer and translator, he currently works as a web copywriter for IKEA.
Her first novel, Evelina e le Fate was a finalist at the Premio Italo Calvino and won the Premio John Fante Opera Prima in 2013. Her other notable works include Il Tempo Bambino, La Vita a Rovescio, Alfonsina e la Strada.
pier franco brandimarte
An award-winning writer and a teacher of creative writing, he co-founded the Alaska bookshop in Milan. His L’Amalassunta won the Premio Italo Calvino in 2014. His other works include Il Dio dei Crocicchi and La Vampa.
An illustrator and writer, her literary works include Lacrime di Coccodrillo, Il Morso del Ramarro, Con l’Arte e con l’Inganno and Di Rosso e di Luce.
Swedish novelist, playwright and translator. He won the Fackföreningsrörelsens Ivar Lo Prize in 2009 for his novel M/S Tiden, hailed as ‘the year’s best Swedish novel’ by Svenska Dagbladet.
A film and TV series screenwriter, he wrote some of the most successful Italian movies of the last decade, including A Quiet Life and Land of the Sons and contributed to several TV series, such as the critically acclaimed Gomorrah.
A novelist with a passion for sports, his 11Freunde: "das Anti-Fussballbuch des Jahres” was nominated as best football book of 2017 by the German Football Academy. He has been part of the German Authors’ National Team since its foundation, in 2005.
A journalist, author of short stories and screenwriter for film and television, she wrote some of the most acclaimed TV productions of the last decade, including the dramedy series Doc – Nelle Tue Mani and the docuseries Circeo, both winners of the prestigious Nastro d’Argento award, respectively in 2022 and 2023.
A screenwriter for cinema and television, he co-wrote the feature films Esterno Notte and Burning Hearts and the crime-drama series The Bad Guy, with the latter reaching the top ten of the most-viewed TV series in 2022 both in Italy and in the US.
A writer and journalist, he worked for Vogue, GQ and Wired, among others. In 2014 he created Vita con Lloyd, a Facebook page that boasts over half a million readers and inspired a book series of the same name.
A writer, film director and screenwriter, his short stories have been published in several anthologies and magazines, such as “Frigidaire” and “Il Male”, among others. He wrote the novels Mette Pioggia and Grande Nudo, with the latter being a candidate for the Premio Strega in 2017. As a screenwriter, he won the 2018 Premio Solinas for best screenplay with Tutti i Cani Muoiono Soli, co-written with director Paolo Pisanu.