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,
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!