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Durham, NC 27701

Writing Workshops & Retreats - France, Italy, North Carolina


Sometimes writers just need to get away.

That’s why we created Writeaways.
Our workshops provide rigorous attention to craft for all genres and writing levels,
individual consultations, and fabulous food and company in inspiring places.
Take a writing vacation with your muse.

Writeaway in Italy

How do you become the writer you want to be?
It takes a villa.

Villas Cini and Casanova
Bucine, Tuscany, Italy
May 23-30, 2020

I wanted to come here and work with people who were serious about writing, and honest and constructive and respectful about criticism and unflinching as well. I got all of that and more. What John and Mimi have done in the past week is taken a small group and in a short time made a community. I’ll definitely be back.
— Gayle, Singapore

Chateau du Pin
Champtocé-sur-Loire, France
June 2-9, 2020

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.
— Candace, Victoria, British Columbia


in France

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

in New Mexico

They call it The Land of Enchantment for a reason.
Prepare to be enchanted.

Rancho los Milagros and Viento del Rio

Abiquiú, New Mexico
August 1-8, 2020

In one’s lifetime, there will be very few genuinely transformational weeks. For me, this Writeaway was that treasured week! Mimi and John created a magical environment for quiet solitude, writing with support and wonderings in addition to powerful individual professional feedback. A writer’s dream. It certainly was mine.
— Joan, Raleigh, North Carolina


Writeaways Grand Tour-Italy and France


The Grand Tour combines all the delights of the Writeaway in Italy and the Writeaway in France.

The best experience. Rejuvenating, invigorating and tapped me into writing I didn’t know I had in me.
— April, Durham, North Carolina

Sometimes you need to travel to find yourself.

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