Writing workshops and getaways around the world

Take life-changing workshops in breathtaking places

Take life-changing workshops in breathtaking places.
Find your voice. Develop your craft. Join us in Tuscany, June 2015.

Cassero tower

In these Amherst Writers and Artists-style writing workshops you will be:
• Heard
• Respected
• Encouraged

You will emerge:
• Energized
• Motivated
• Knowing what your story is
• Trusting  your own voice
• Eager to finish your project

All while you:
• Stay in a magnificently renovated Tuscan residence
• Eat great local Italian food

• Make lasting friendships

• Marvel at the Medieval Festival!
• Visit nearby Rome and Florence
• Walk centuries-old cobblestone streets
• See the traditional Palio (village horse race)
• Gawk from your window at the gorgeous landscape!
• No need to speak Italian

So make your next vacation a learning vacation:
• Travel independently but have a group
• Engage your mind
• Be more than a tourist: Be an honored guest!
• Great for beginning writers and seasoned pros, too!

Castiglion Fiorentino is a charming and picturesque medieval hill town overlooking the Chio and Chiana valleys. This town is filled with history and tradition, and is locally famous for its festivals. The annual Medieval Festival will take place during the first week of our stay and, weather permitting, the annual Palio will take place the last weekend of our stay.


On a quiet Cortona street

During the retreat, mornings and some afternoons will be devoted to workshops and the rest of the time will be left free for either solitary writing; exploring the town; or taking short trips to destinations such as Lake Trasimeno, Arezzo, Perugia, or Assisi. As Castiglion Fiorentino is on the main train line between Florence and Rome, direct trips to these destinations are easy and, in most cases, very affordable. If you prefer to rent a car, Cortona, Siena and other famous destinations are also within easy reach.

This year we are offering two back-to-back retreats, so you can either sign up for the first week and a half [[SORRY, SOLD OUT!]], which will take place during the Medieval Festival; or the second, which will take place during the Palio.

Standard registration covers 9-nights' lodging, breakfast, writing workshops led by Cary Tennis, and an individual conference with Cary. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price of registration, but shops and and some truly wonderful restaurants are in easy walking distance, and, in most cases, are more affordable than those in more well-known tourist destinations. Le Santucce just won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row, which is not surprising as it has large, clean, beautifully designed and decorated rooms with spectacular views.

If you have questions, would like to view our cancellation policy, would like to send a check, need more information, etc., email us at info@carytennis.com or call Norma at 415 317-4460 or Cary at 415 308-5685.

 Sign up for June 13-June 22, 2015

Deposit to hold any room: $850 (Please specify a room with a single or double bed, or an apartment with kitchenette.)

Single room with single bed paid in full: $1799  (only 2 rooms left!)

Large room with double bed paid in full: $1999

Apartment with kitchenette paid in full: $2199  (only 3 rooms available!)

Large room or apartment shared with one other workshop participant paid in full: $1375  (only 3 rooms available!)

Friends or spouses sharing a room but not attending workshops $550

Here's what one former participant has to say about Cary's Tuscan writing retreat:

In Florence

If you are like me, you are probably already familiar with writing workshops. You know, the kind where everybody meets up and goes over each other's writing, providing helpful comments and critiques. I think that there’s value to this approach; but for me, it had the effect of stalling my writing. How could I incorporate everyone's comments when they were often contradictory? Cary's workshop was different. The AWA approach used in the workshop had the effect of removing all of my writing roadblocks. His writing prompts kept me intellectually engaged and allowed my innate creativity to flow. It just works – like magic!

And seriously, what's not to love about Tuscany?  My advice: if you are on the fence, go for it. It's a bargain.

—John B.