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Cary Tennis Tuscan Writing Retreat in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

The square in Castiglion Fiorentino

Find your voice and hone your craft in  amazing writing workshops led by the brilliant Cary Tennis at the beautiful Residence Le Santucce in the picturesque medieval hill town of Castiglion Fiorentino.

The Cassero tower during the Medieval Festival
The Cassero tower during the Medieval Festival

In these 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 home
•Eat great local Italian food
•Make lasting friendships

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Inauguration of Maggio Castiglionese 2016, with municipal band in front of temporary park

Plus:
•Visit nearby Rome and Florence
•Walk centuries-old cobblestone streets
•Gawk from your window at the gorgeous landscape!
•No need to speak Italian
• 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 beginners 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. May is the most exciting month here in Castiglion Fiorentino. “Maggio Castiglionese” begins with the construction of a temporary park in the main piazza of the town and finishes with the annual medieval festival. In between are numerous activities including art exhibits, food festivals, and even a “luna park.

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Sbandiertori at the Palio

During the retreat, mornings and some afternoons will be devoted to Cary’s AWA-style writing 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, Montepulciano, Cortona, Siena and other famous destinations are also within easy reach.

Writing together on the terrace
Writing together on the terrace

Standard registration covers 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.

If you would like to join us next May, you can sign up here. 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.

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 Sign up for May 21-29, 2016

Deposit to hold any room: $850 (Please let me know if you would like a large room or an apartment with kitchenette.)


Large room with double bed and private bath, paid in full: $1950


Large room or apartment shared with one other workshop participant paid in full: $1375  (participants are responsible for finding their own roommates)


Friends or spouses sharing a room but not attending workshops $450

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