Need time to write?

Live on the East Coast?

Wouldn’t it be nice to spend a few days in a warm, supportive writing retreat and workshop, with ample time to eat and think and walk and sleep—at your leisure?


Come to Guest House in Chester, Connecticut, May 16-19, 2014. I’ll be there along with Amherst Writers and Artists founder Pat Schneider, offering daily writing workshops that will help you focus and feel more creative.

And who am I?

Basically, my 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. I’ve been doing these 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:

“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.”

  • There’s a grand piano in the lobby!

  • Nearby salt-water swimming!

  • Miles of hiking trails!

  • So. If you come to this retreat you can:


Increase your creativity.

Contact rich memories.

Write with greater ease.

Meet creative people.


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Click here to secure a place in the May, 2014, Guest House Creative Getaway.

(That’s us, with our dog Ricky.)

I want you to see how fun it is to dream in the company of others, to stitch together fictions and conjure poems out of the air, and then read these fresh things aloud to people who, in response, say only what they like and what they remember. Our generous, careful responses put the fearful unconscious at ease. The results are astounding. Your relationship with your creative self improves. Your writing becomes fuller and richer and more fluid; your voice becomes more bell-like and authentic. Some new self emerges.

Cary Tennis, Amherst Writers and Artists workshop leader