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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

September 21-27, 2015

Champtocé-sur-Loire, France


To reserve your place, complete the registration form below.

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.

There are so many writing workshops and retreats, but there’s only one Writeaways. And that’s because there’s only one John and Mimi. And only one Chateau du Pin. The combination of place and people compels participants to write and improve – and to enjoy each moment.

Getting away from ordinary life to live in a French chateau in the Loire and write under the guidance of John and Mimi is a gift for anyone who writes at any stage of experience. You really need to experience Writeaways to believe it.
— Candace, Victoria, British Columbia



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.

Writeaway in France Registration Form

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

Workshop limited to twelve participants.

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Cancellation/Refund Policy: All cancellations must be received in writing. A $200 administrative fee shall be charged for cancellations made after receipt of deposit. No refunds shall be paid after June 15, 2014 unless a suitable replacement can be made at the discretion of Mimi Herman and John Yewell. Full refund including deposit will be made if the Writeaway in France is cancelled for any reason. Waiver: I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS Mimi Herman, John Yewell and SCI Chateau du Pin, their officers, officials, agents and/or employees, with respect to any and all delays, injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property associated with my participation in the Writeaway in France to the fullest extent permitted by law.
To complete your registration:
To reserve your place, send a $750 deposit to the address you'll receive in the registration confirmation email. Payment in full is due by June 15, 2015. Payment by Paypal is available for an additional 3.5% administrative fee.


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