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Durham, NC 27701

Writing Workshops & Retreats - France, Italy, North Carolina

Spring 2020 Writeaway in Italy

How do you become the writer you've always wanted to be?

It takes a villa.

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Writing Workshop in Tuscany
with Mimi Herman and John Yewell
May 23-30, 2020
Villa Cini & Villa Casanova, Chianti, Italy

$2,450 for private room, $2100 each for friends or couple sharing a room. 

Includes writing consultations and daily writing workshops, all meals, wine and after-dinner drinks, plus cooking class and excursions. 

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Rediscover the writer in yourself as you listen to the lyrical lilt of Italian, taste pasta prepared by a traditional Tuscan chef, and explore the ancient towns of Italy.

During this weeklong writing workshop Italy, you'll immerse yourself in writing, cooking and adventure in a 17th century villa in the heart of Tuscany.

Thanks to Writeaways. I wrote almost 5,000 words this week, including my first short story draft in six years. I wanted to come here and work with people who were serious about writing and legitimate in their 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

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BREAKFAST - Wake each morning to rich Italian coffee, fruit, juice, yogurt, and fresh bread delivered by our baker, Fabio.


WRITING WORKSHOP - With Mimi and John as your guides each morning, you'll find the stories you've been longing to tell, the poems you've dreamed of writing or the memoir you've always wanted to compose. They'll help you make your writing as compelling on the page as it is in your imagination. Conferences with John and Mimi will help you shape your writing project and improve your writing technique.

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LUNCH - Enjoy a classic Italian midday meal al fresco or in our dining room.

COOKING & WRITING, TOGETHER - A week in Tuscany wouldn't be complete without a cooking class. In this hands-on experience in imagery, you'll use all five senses to cook, taste and write as you explore the culinary heritage of Italy.

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AFTERNOONS - Spend your free time writing, conferencing with John and Mimi, chatting with friends new and old, taking a walk in the countryside or just relaxing by the swimming pool. 


EXCURSIONS -  Discover the wines of the region, visit an historic Tuscan town, or take a jaunt into Florence or Siena.

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DINNER - From antipasto to dolce, we provide you with an extraordinary changing array of caprese, fresh pasta dishes, risotto, salads and local vegetables, followed by desserts, and accompanied by Italian wines. Push back your chair after dinner and enjoy relaxing conversation with your fellow writers over limoncello or Vin Santo.


EVENINGS - Drink a glass of Tuscan wine with friends, walk through the hills, enjoy a quiet talk by the pool under the stars, or spend hours scribbling - the choice is yours.


BEDROOMS - Bed sizes range from twin to double. Some bedrooms offer three beds, if you'd like to invite more than one friend to join you in Italy.  









Villa Cini and Villa Casanova are located in the Chianti region of Tuscany, only a kilometer from the village of Badia Agnano and an easy drive or train ride away from Florence, Sienna and Arezzo. 

Wine estates abound in the area, including those found in Montalcino, famous for its Brunello di Montalcino, and Montepulciano, with its Nobile di Montepulciano. 



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