Thank you for the Yelps!

I just checked out our Yelp reviews today and I am honored and grateful for all the really thoughtful, funny and kind reviews we received. Here are a few of my favorite outtakes:

“I still don’t understand exactly how it works, but every Wednesday evening, when I’m tired from the day, not feeling particular creative or even enthusiastic, I sit down to write with Cary and the group and somehow – I don’t know how – within 2 hours we have all created the most unique, incredible, original work.”

“Everyone who comes through the door is treated as a writer, and all voices, levels of experience and styles are welcomed.”

“Cary helped me get my very first story published in a real magazine! He’s the best.”

“if he asked I might give him a kidney. The man is a brilliant muse.”

“If I were a poodle, nothing would make me prouder than to take care of Cary and Norma.”

Here’s the link if you’d like to read the actual reviews. Thanks again. We couldn’t keep this going without such generous and talented people in our lives.

 

 

Tuscan memories

Cary’s first-ever Tuscan writing retreat went better than we could ever have imagined. First of all, we’d like to thank all of our participants who travelled from all over the world to attend. After years of putting on writing retreats, we’ve noticed that those who participate in Cary’s events are a very special breed: talented, creative, intelligent, adventurous, fun-loving and kind are the qualities that immediately come to mind. Without such a wonderful, open-hearted group of people, our retreat wouldn’t have been half the success it turned out to be.
In addition to many productive writing workshops, there were wonderful hours composing and enjoying delicious pot-luck meals, fascinating and amusing conversations by the pool, amazing local food discoveries and adventurous treks to Cortona,

View beyone Pari's city wall.

View beyone Pari’s city wall.

Florence, Siena and Beyond (“Beyond” being the obscure and utterly charming medieval town of Pari to which our good friend,

Linda, introduced a small group of us).
After Tuscany we made our way to Amsterdam where we stayed at the ultra-modern, state-of-the-art Citizen M hotel and put on a two-day writing workshop at the American Book Center‘s Treehouse. I was amazed by how many non-Americans attended this event. I was most impressed by our German, French and Dutch attendees who chose to write in English rather than their native languages, which, no doubt, added a layer of challenge.
Both the Amsterdam and Tuscany workshops turned out to be so successful that we are indeed planning on doing this again next year. Stay tuned for more information!

On a quiet Cortona street

On a quiet Cortona street

In Florence

In Florence

An areal of our lunch after our writing workshop in Amsterdam

An areal of our lunch after our writing workshop in Amsterdam

Cary on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Cary on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence