6th Annual Cary Tennis Tuscan Writing Retreat


Join Cary May 20 - May 28, 2018 for 9 days of writing
in an unspoiled Tuscan hill town.
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Sbandieratori in Castiglion Fiorentino


Strengthen 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.

You will be


You will emerge:

•Knowing what your story is
•Trusting  your own voice
•Eager to finish your project


Enjoying traditional Tuscan food at the welcome dinner

•Eat great local Italian food
•Walk centuries-old cobblestone streets
•Make lasting friendships


•Visit nearby Rome and Florence
•No need to speak Italian
• Make your next vacation a learning vacation
•Travel independently but have a group
•Engage your mind
•Great for beginners and seasoned pros too

In Florence

Castiglion Fiorentino is a charming and picturesque medieval hill town overlooking two valleys, the Val di Chio and the Val di Chiana. This town is filled with history and tradition, and is locally famous for its festivals. Maggio Castiglionese begins with the construction of a temporary park in the main piazza of the town and finishes with the annual Medieval Festival. Lots of activities including art exhibits, food festivals, and even a "luna park."

The Cassero tower during the Medieval Festival

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.

Standard registration covers breakfast, writing workshops led by Cary Tennis, and an individual conference with Cary. Lodging is not included in the price of registration and must be arranged by workshop participants. We recommend staying at the beautiful Residence Le Santucce, as this is where the workshops will take place. The rooms here are beautiful, many are quite large, and some even have kitchenettes. To book your 8-night stay you can contact Luisella at Le Santucce at info@santucce.com.  There are also a couple of B&Bs and a hotel in town that are in walking distance of our retreat location. If you need any help making arrangements, don't hesitate to contact either me or Cary at info@carytennis.com.

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 much more affordable than those in more well-known tourist destinations.

For more information, price of registration, etc., email us at info@carytennis.com or call Norma at +39 366 292 0400 (to save money, call via Skype, Viber, or WhatsApp).



Click here to see the proposed daily schedule, directions on how to get to Castiglion Fiorentino, and our terms and conditions

Click here to see a short video about Castiglion Fiorentino

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