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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 a week 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.


For 2019 we are planning two retreats at the Residence Le Santucce here in Castiglion Fiorentino. The first one will take place in June, to take advantage of the beautiful weather and the cultural events that happen this time of year. The second will take place in October to take advantage of the still-mild weather and the culinary riches that abound here in the fall. Here's what we have scheduled:



Cary's spring writing retreat: June 11-June 18, 2019 This writing retreat will take place during the week of the Palio, the most important festival of the year here in Castiglion Fiorentino. Our Palio (a traditional horse race competition between the neighbourhoods in our town) employs some of the same horses and jockeys that compete in the famous race in Siena. 


Cary's harvest writing retreat: October 15-22, 2019
 This fall writing retreat will take place in mid-October, which is the best time of year to sample all the culinary delights Tuscany has to offer. Infuse your writing with new tastes and sensations by hunting for truffles, tasting new olive oil, enjoying locally produced wine, and more. 


For more information, please contact us at info@carytennis.com, or give me a call at +39 366 292 0400 (you can use Skype, WhatsApp or Viber to avoid roaming charges). We look forward to writing, eating and exploring with you here in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany!


Here is how it works: Mornings and most afternoons are devoted to workshops and conferences. Use the rest of the time for writing or exploring. In June you can experience the Palio and all the traditional activities leading up to it. In October there will be fewer workshops, but you will use the extra time to experience the authentic taste of fall in Tuscany.

Accommodations are handled separately from tuition. Residence Le Santucce is a superbly renovated historic building. 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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