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Cary’s Tuscan Writing Retreat, 2014



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InFlorence_smallestThis June, join Cary in Italy for a week-long writing retreat in the medieval Tuscan hill town of Castiglion Fiorentino. Our newest Tuscan retreat will take place May 30-June 6, 2014 at Le Santucce, a converted 13th-century Benedictine convent in the historic center of town.

Mornings and some afternoons will be devoted to 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. We will also have a day free for a longer day trip to either Florence, Ovieto or even Rome. As Castiglion Fiorentino is on the main train line between Florence and Rome, direct trips to these destinations will be easy and, in most cases, very affordable. If you prefer to rent a car, Cortona, Siena and other famous destinations are also within easy reach.

This town is not frequented by tourists, but is locally famous for its festivals. The first couple of days of our retreat will take place during the town’s annual medieval festival.

Your registration covers 1-week’s lodging, breakfast, writing workshops led by Cary, and an individual conference with Cary. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price of registration, but shops and restaurants are in easy walking distance, and, in most cases, are more affordable than those in more well-known tourist destinations. Le Santucce just won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013, so I think we’ll be in for a rather nice stay. If you have questions, would like to view our cancellation policy, would like to send a check, need more information, etc., email us at or call Norma at 415 317-4460 or Cary at 415 308-5685.


Here’s what one of our participants from last year has to say about Cary’s Tuscan writing retreat:

If you are like me, you are probably already familiar with writing workshops. You know, the kind where everybody meets up and goes over each other’s writing, providing helpful comments and critiques. I think that there’s value to this approach; but for me, it had the effect of stalling my writing. How could I incorporate everyone’s comments when they were often contradictory? Cary’s workshop was different. The AWA approach used in the workshop had the effect of removing all of my writing road blocks. His writing prompts kept me intellectually engaged and allowed my innate creativity to flow. It just works – like magic!


But that’s not the only reason to attend. I am used to working in isolation. I don’t interact with other creative writers in my day-to-day life. Something about this workshop managed to attract an amazing group of people, talented writers all. These are people who you would want to spend time with; people you would find yourself gravitating towards at a party. It was revelatory!


And seriously, what’s not to love about Tuscany?


My advice: if you are on the fence, go for it. It’s a bargain. —John B.



If you’d like to reserve the last room, you can register here

If you’ve already signed up, below is where you can pay your balance:


Tuscany 2014 pay balance apartment–single occupancy: $1012

Pay registration fee for persons sharing a room but not attending writing workshops: $450

Pay balance for Cary’s Tuscan Writing Retreat—double-occupancy apartment with both occupants attending workshops: $1801



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