Cary Tennis’ writing retreat in the Loire Valley, France


The writer needs solitude and the writer needs community-Cary Tennis’ Loire Valley Writing Retreat offers you both, giving you the space and the time needed to gain inspiration and pursue your creative work.

BlueRoom_LargeThis one-of-a-kind writing retreat will take place August 29-September 4 at the Château du Pin, a historic French château is surrounded by 300 acres of topiary, formal gardens, parks, woodland trails and vineyards. Mornings and most afternoons are devoted to Amherst Writer’s and Artists-style writing workshops, which will take place in the Grand Salon on the ground floor. When workshops are not taking place, the entire ground floor, including the tower library, Grand Salon, Petit Salon, dining room are at your disposal for reading, writing, dreaming, and relaxing throughout the day. Feel free to wander into a secluded nook in the gardens to write, walk the trails of Le Pin, relax by the pond in the formal garden, or venture into the charming small town of Champtocé-sur-Loire. The French Government has officially classified Le Pin as a “Monument Historique” and the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication has awarded the “Des Jardins Remarquables” designation to Le Pin’s gardens and grounds

TopiaryPondSome of the rooms are small singles with shared bathrooms and others are very large with king- or queen-sized beds and private bathrooms. If you choose one of the smaller rooms, rest assured that there is plenty of room in the château and on the property in which to escape for peace, relaxation, and a beautiful view. All workshops, breakfast, nightly family-style dinners, and a private conference with Cary are included in the price of registration.


For more information about rooms and reservations, or if you would like to talk to Cary about your writing goals, email us at Allez, on y va!