Come write with us in a French chateau!
Norma and I are back from Italy and France. While in France we visited Le Chateau du Pin, shown above, the huge and gorgeous chateau where we are going to be doing a writing workshop September 5 through the 11th (my birthday!). It's even better than we thought.
Seriously. If you want to have an amazing, breathtaking, stunning, refreshing artistic creative experience this summer: This is your bet.
If you can get a week off of work to concentrate on your prose or poetry, or if you just need to get some space to germinate a new idea or just let memories flood your mind like some kinda modern-day Proust, I seriously recommend you come to France with us in September. It's hard to find the words for how sweet it is to be in the French countryside on the grounds, in the gardens, and in the spacious, historical rooms of this French landmark house. You just have to go there and experience it.
As far as that goes, you just have to experience the Amherst Writers and Artists method, too. Many people can testify to its effectiveness but really you owe it to yourself, if you have any kind of creative inkling, to just give it a try.
Put those two things together—gorgous French chateau and liberating creative method—and you've really got something!
We will help you figure out the logistics. I know, as a traveler, I couldn't do it without Norma. She is a genius at figuring things out and making them work. So if you're interested, please don't let your hestitation about logistics get in the way. We can figure all that out. That's why we made a special trip there—to look at the train station, to eat in the restaurants, to walk through the chateau and see all the rooms, to walk the gardens. And when we were done, we were just like: WOW.
p.s. Hey. Who am I? From 2001 to 2013 I wrote the "Since You Asked" advice column at Salon.com, and during that time began to publish books and lead writing workshops. My wife, Norma, speaks many languages and organize retreats in amazing places around the world where people can come and take writing workshops with me. My workshops follow the Amherst Writers and Artists method which is described in Pat Schneider's book Writing Alone and With Others. It provides a framework for groundbreaking writing by encouraging writers to contact original sources of creativity and to express it in their authentic voices.--Cary Tennis
That's me in a nice photo by our neighbor Susan Lorraine Madonich. See the rest of that shoot here.
Note the vaulted ceiling in the entranceway, and the spiral stone staircase at the rear.
This is the front of the place viewed from the gardens. Note that those upstairs windows are bedroom and bathroom windows that look out over the garden. It's a great view from up there. I could see spending the whole time just sitting in the tub writing!