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Cary’s Tuscan Writing Retreat, 2015

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Norma and Cary Tennis in Cortona

Norma and Cary Tennis in Cortona

June 2015, join Cary Tennis in Italy for one of two writing retreats in the medieval Tuscan hill town of Castiglion Fiorentino at the beautiful Residence Le Santucce.

Cassero tower

The 14th-century Cassero tower at night at the Medieval Festival.

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. 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.

Santucce Room 14

Inside our large, beautiful room at Le Santucce

Castiglion Fiorentino is a charming and picturesque medieval hill town overlooking the Val di Chio and the Val di Chiana. This town is filled with history and tradition, and is locally famous for its festivals. The annual medieval festival will take place during our first week of our stay and, weather permitting, the annual Palio will take place the last weekend of our stay.

This year we are offering two back-to-back retreats, so you can either sign up for the first week and a half, which will take place during the Medieval Festival; or the second, which will take place during the Palio; or you can sign up for the entire 3-week period at a reduced rate.

Standard registration covers 9-night’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 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. Le Santucce just won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row, which doesn’t surprise me as it has large, clean, beautifully designed and decorated rooms with spectacular views.

If you would like to join us next June, 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.


Sign up for June 1-June 9, 2015

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

Single room with single bed paid in full: $1799 (only 2 rooms left!)

Large room with double bed paid in full: $1999

Apartment with kitchenette paid in full: $2199  (only 3 rooms available!)

Large room or apartment shared with one other workshop participant paid in full: $1375 (only 3 rooms available!)

Friends or spouses sharing a room but not attending workshops $550


 

Sign up for June 13-June 22, 2015

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

 Single room with single bed paid in full: $1799  (only 2 rooms left!)

 Large room with double bed paid in full: $1999

Apartment with kitchenette paid in full: $2199  (only 3 rooms available!)

Large room or apartment shared with one other workshop participant paid in full: $1375  (only 3 rooms available!)

Friends or spouses sharing a room but not attending workshops $550


Sign up for June 1-June 22, 2015

Full 3-week stay, including 2 retreat sessions: $3300 / Small Room (attend both workshops, plus enjoy 3 free days/4 nights in between!)

Full 3-week stay, including 2 retreat sessions: $3700 / Large Room (attend both workshops, plus enjoy 3 free days/4 nights in between!)

Full 3-week stay, including 2 retreat sessions: $3900 / Apartment with kitchenette (attend both workshops, plus enjoy 3 free days/4 nights in between!)

 


In Florence

In Florence

Here’s what one former participant 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!

 

In the meeting room

In the meeting room

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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