Category Archives: Connecticut Writing Retreat


Pay what it’s worth to you. What a concept.

That’s right: For our great four-day writing retreat coming up May 16 through 19 in beautiful rural Connecticut, I have decided to do something radical yet sensible: I’m reducing the price, but rather than picking a percentage reduction, I decided to ask you, if you are interested in coming—and it is going to be really great—What would you like to pay?

Seriously. Here is the reasoning. I once went to a financial consultant who helped me a great deal with some business matters and the handling of money. When we were through I said how much and she said, “Pay me what it was worth to you.” What? I was shocked. But she had degrees in economics and had been genuinely helpful to me, and she sounded serious. So I had to think, on the spot, about what it was actually worth. I wrote her a check for what it was worth to me. The experience was empowering. I realized the world wouldn’t fall apart if we picked our own price, and that there’s no shame in talking about what something is actually worth to you. I realized that we could trust each other make a rational exchange. And I continued to benefit from her services and expertise.

Now I’m putting that lesson into practice. So if you would like to come but have hesitated because the price wasn’t right for you, pick a price that’s right for you.

Email me at and suggest a price you can pay. The best offers will get rooms and we’ll all have a fantastic four days writing and doing workshops with me and with Pat Schneider.

Simple as that. Let me know. And if it’s not right for you but might be good for a friend, just forward this to a friend! Or tweet it, or retweet it, or Facebook it, using the buttons on this page, or however you share things that interest you and make sense for the world.
Cary T.


Increase your creativity. Contact rich memories. Write with greater ease. Meet creative people.


Register Today - Hand Drawn Blue

Come to Guest House Retreat and Conference Center in Chester, Connecticut, May 16 through 19, 2014, for four days writing, thinking, talking and exploring new inner territory in a safe and supportive environment.

I’ll be there, along with Amherst Writers and Artists founder Pat Schneider, offering daily Amherst Writers and Artists workshops in the beautiful Connecticut countryside.

For info, email or call 415 308-5685.


And who am I?

CarySmallerMy name is Cary Tennis and I’m a veteran writer and musician lucky enough to have found a writing workshop method that works wonders with writers of all levels of experience and ambition. For 12 years I wrote the “Since You Asked” advice column for, and became attuned to the many obstacles creative people face, both emotional and philosophical. And I learned a good bit about my own process and quirks. I’ve been leading Amherst Writers and Artists workshops and retreats on the West Coast and around the world since 2007 but this will be my first workshop in Connecticut. Whether you are acquainted with the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method or not, I look forward to sharing with you its powerful benefits. I use the method as spelled out in Pat Schneider’s book Writing Alone and With Others, but of course I bring to it my particular learning and style. I trust that whether you are acquainted with the method or are doing it for the first time, you will find something useful and lasting in the experience.


Why Connecticut? Why Guest House?

My wife, Norma, and I looked long and hard before settling on Guest House. It’s a beautiful, secluded gem of a retreat and conference center on the Connecticut River, halfway between New York and Boston. We thought, not being from the Northeast, that it would be good to make it available to both metropolitan areas. And we liked its mission statement: “To create opportunities for transformational work, and to provide a nurturing environment for people seeking to develop human potential and enrich the world.” Plus:

  • There’s a grand piano in the lobby!

    “Cary Tennis has it all,” says Amherst Writers and Artists founder Pat Schneider. “He’s funny, he’s kind, he’s smart he’s brave, and he’s very, very wise.”

  • Nearby salt-water swimming!
  • Miles of hiking trails!


Register Today - Hand Drawn Blue



Thanks to Amherst Writers and Artists Folks in the Northeast!

A super-big thanks! to all the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop leaders, friends and fans who have spread the word about our upcoming four-day AWA workshop/retreat at the Guest House in Chester, Connecticut! (And if you know somebody who might like to know, please feel free to pass this along.)

Big thanks go to Jan Nielsen of the  Universalist Church in West Hartford, Ct., Patricia Bender of Rutgers University, author, teacher and workshop leader Annecy Baez, author and teacher Grace Farrell who can be found at the Carolina Fiber and Fiction Center, and Beth Goren, practitioner of Body-Mind Centering, and Marcia Gomes, and Maureen Ciara, and Jill Quist, and  Robert Haydon Jones, and the Westport Writers’ Workshop and Valerie Ann Leff.


And a special thanks to Patricia Chaffee for alerting Connecticut writer Sherri Daley of Moffly Media, whose May 1 roundup will highlight not just my Chester retreat but Sandi Shelton’s “Words at Play” workshops, Lisa Saunders and the Mystic Writers Colony,  and mystery writer Roberta Isleib’s Seascape “Escape to Write” Writers Retreat taking place at the Guest House in September. And of course Pat Schneider, Maureen Buchanan Jones and all those who make Amherst Writers and Artists the amazing organization that it is today. You are all making my upcoming visit to Connecticut a special treat!

Did I leave anyone out? If so, contact me. Just wanted to say thanks. With your help this thing will come off and we’ll be able to come back in 2015.–CT


Cary on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Cary on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Cary Tennis

415 308-5685