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Take life-changing workshops in breathtaking places

Take life-changing workshops in breathtaking places

In the Tuscan hill town of Castiglion Fiorentino
at the beautiful Residence Le Santucce, join Cary Tennis for nine days of intensive writing workshops and coaching on craft, vision and sustaining a healthy practice.

Refresh your creative spirit and make intuitive leaps; focus your pitch and refine your narrative arc or poetic strategy.

Make friends, eat great food and enjoy Tuscany's seductive charms.

Our next retreats are now being scheduled.  Contact us at info@carytennis.com for more information.


Here is how it works: The modest tuition covers nine days of writing workshops, daily breakfasts at Le Santucce, a sumptuous welcome dinner, and the all-important  individual conferences with Cary. 

Mornings and most afternoons are devoted to workshops and conferences. Use the rest of the time for writing or exploring. Take the nearby train (a 15-minute walk) directly to Florence or Rome for the day. Rent a car to visit Cortona, Siena and other famous destinations. Take a cooking class. Tour local wineries.

Accommodations are handled separately from tuition. Residence Le Santucce is a superbly renovated historic building and a multiple recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Its large, clean, beautifully designed and decorated rooms offer spectacular views and ample serenity. Reserve your space at Le Santucce by emailing Luisella and Alfeo at info@santucce.com.

Who am I?

I am a writer who helps other people by giving them a safe, vibrant, challenging but confidential setting in which to explore their own lives through writing.

How did I come to do this?

In 2007 I was writing Salon.com's "Since You Asked" column five days a week on a good salary for a great publication. It was a dream job. But something was wrong. I had lost my sense of community with other writers. I had lost the joy of writing. I did not think it had to be this way. So I began looking for a solution.

I went to the bookstore. I found the book Writing Alone and With Others. It showed me how writers could come together to give each other the support they need to keep writing through dark times, to take their writing to surprising places, and to give each other structured, fair, useful feedback.

I took a workshop in Berkeley with the book's author, Pat Schneider. The experience was revelatory. Pat suggested I start giving workshops. So I did. I started giving those workshops in my house in San Francisco in 2007. Then my wife Norma and I started doing those same workshops around the U.S. and the world, in France, the Netherlands and Italy. Then in 2015 we decided to leave America. We moved to Italy.

We live in Italy now. (If you haven't seen me around the neighborhood, that's why.) We hold these workshop/retreats at a beautiful place called Residence Le Santucce in Castiglion Fiorentino, between Florence and Rome. People come from all over the world to spend a few days writing in the workshops. It works for them. It works for me.

Like many people, I have a strong desire to help others. This is how I do that. I'm not a cop or a fireman so if want to help others I do it this way. People do the workshops and feel better and keep coming back.

There is always room for one more.

We'll pick you up at the train station.

-- Cary Tennis




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