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Writing retreat in the Loire Valley and Tuscany. Find yourself in France and Italy.

Writeaway in France

Is your writing missing a certain je ne sais quoi? 

Find it in France.


Writing Getaway at Chateau du Pin

with Mimi Herman and John Yewell

October 3-10, 2014

Champtocé-sur-Loire, France

New Writeaways in France available this spring! 

Now accepting reservations for April 27-May 3 & May 11-17, 2015

I work with professional artists and writers every day, but I had never thought of myself as a writer. After just three days with John and Mimi at Chateau du Pin, I began writing a children’s book that people are raving about. I hope to finish it soon. I couldn’t have gotten started without the help of Mimi and John. Their writing retreat taught me how to tell my story, helped me find my voice, and instilled in me the confidence to go forward.
— Ginny, North Carolina

$2,250 per person, double occupancy, full board (including wine and after-dinner drinks), plus tastings at local Loire Valley wineries, writing consultations and daily writing classes. 

Workshop limited to twelve participants.

To reserve your place, click here.

Email John and Mimi at for more information.


Why write at home when you can write in a castle?

In this weeklong writing retreat in France, you'll revitalize your writing voice in the project of your choice: a collection of poems, a story set in the French countryside or the memoir you’ve always wanted to write. 

Whether you've been writing all your life or waiting to find the time to explore your writing talents, this idyllic week is for you.


BREAKFAST – Begin your day in an elegant fifteenth century French chateau, as you dine on fresh croissants, cereal, yogurt, coffee, teas and juice.

WRITING CLASSES – Join Mimi Herman and John Yewell for in-depth workshops on the craft of writing, suitable for all levels. Their exercises will inspire you to discover new imagery, metaphor and memories. Whether you're a poet, fiction writer or memoirist, John and Mimi will rejuvenate your writing. 


LUNCH – Mingle with other writers over lunch, served in the chateau dining room or al fresco on the grounds. Lunches are a changing medley of soups, sandwiches, quiches, fruits, cheeses and cookies.

FREE TIME & EXCURSIONS - Write, conference with Mimi or John, and explore the chateau’s secret tower rooms, lily ponds and gardens. An afternoon of tastings at local wineries is included in your stay. Delightful side trips in the surrounding countryside are available, as a group or on your own.


DINNER -  Share a four-course meal prepared by our own French chef, Anne Villeday.  Dinners are served family-style, with plenty of wine to go around. 

Each evening's meal includes an entrée, a main course, fresh French bread, a cheese course featuring local cheeses and a delightful dessert. 


EVENINGS - After dinner, relax with a reading of the day's work with your fellow writers, or take an evening stroll of the grounds before retiring upstairs to your charming bedroom.

BEDROOMS - Our spacious bedrooms are shared. Bed sizes range from single to king. Some bedrooms offer three beds, if you'd like to invite more than one friend to join you in France.  


Chateau du Pin is tucked inside a 300-acre estate in the sleepy French countryside, outside the village of Champtocé-sur-Loire, a half-hour car ride from the city of Angers in the province of Anjou.

Angers is a leisurely three to four hours from Paris by car or 1½ hours by high-speed train.



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