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Durham, NC 27701
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Writing Workshops & Retreats - France, Italy, North Carolina

Blogaways

Writeaways Takes to the High Sierra

Mimi Herman

In an unofficial Writeaway trip, John and Mimi took to the mountains with writer friend Michael Beadle, each of us carrying 50-60 pound backpacks over 58 miles of rocky terrain, alpine meadows and five 12,000 foot mountain passes through four and a half days of sunshine and one afternoon of hail.  

Anyone up for a Sierra Writeaway?

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Yosemite December

Mimi Herman

An idyllic weekend in Yosemite - the view from Inspiration Point, an evening by the wood stove in a fairy tale cabin, a doe and her fawns (We named the one on the right Grumpy. You'll see why), a four-hour hike to the snow line at Clark Point and back to the valley, and Sunday brunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel (oysters! blintzes! prime rib! omelettes to order! chocolate mousse! gallons of coffee and the New York Times!).  

Anyone up for a Writeaway in Yosemite?

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A Day in Certaldo

Mimi Herman

Rainy cobbled streets, an almost-saint, a mysterious fresco, terra cotta books hanging in a doorway, and a passionate art historian digging up basements in search of Etruscan artifacts,

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Allison writes - "Ugly Dinner Never Tasted So Good"

Mimi Herman

Listening to Manul singing from the kitchen, I realize the distinct difference between when she is doing what she loves and when she is teaching what she loves. The low melody strikes a peaceful chord. I don't know if she is baking dessert or preparing dinner for later, but the sounds she makes come from deep within her body and, I have no doubt, fill the food she prepares.

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Candace writes - "Lost in Tuscany" and "Poem and Gnocchi"

Mimi Herman

Why didn’t I realize that Tuscany isn’t flat, that it’s a series of ridges and valleys, I mean I’d read about it, and seen pictures, and watched movies, but no, the sharp hills were a surprise, and so going for a walk and not sticking to the country road was dumb because I got lost in an olive grove and panicked when I realized I had no phone, no ID, and no Italian apart from some coffee and food terms and unhelpful words such as chiaroscuro and fiasco...

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Cooking lesson in Tuscany

Mimi Herman

A great cooking adventure in Manul's kitchen - from brutti e buoni ("ugly and good" cookies) to pumpkin gnocchi with sage, to Sicilian chicken with balsamic vinegar, to Tuscan salad with local pecorino, raisins soaked in vin santo and EVOO. A tavolo!

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The start of our Italy Writeaway

Mimi Herman

In Tuscany, the weather rules everything, including our Internet connection. After several days of beautiful storms, roaming kittens, hidden churches, abandoned medieval villas, Manul's extraordinary lunches and dinners, and almost enough wine and gelato to satisfy our insatiable cravings, we return to you with greetings from Pisa and Palaia. 

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Afternoon walk

Mimi Herman

We took an afternoon walk through the vineyards and topiaries of Chateau du Pin. Stunning warm sunlight after listening to last night's rain running through the gargoyles.

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Day 3

Mimi Herman

After an evening rain, it is a cool but sunny day at Chateau du Pin. We're having a great time, and our students - Ginny, Joyce, Mary & Candace - tell us they love being here. We can already see huge progress in their writing. 

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