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Durham, NC 27701

Writing Workshops & Retreats - France, Italy, North Carolina



Writeaway in France

June 2-9, 2020
Chateau du Pin

$2,450 for private room
$2,100 each for friends or couple sharing a room.

Includes writing consultations and daily writing workshops, all meals, wine and after-dinner drinks, plus a visit to a farmers' market and a tasting at a local winery.

Is your writing missing a certain je ne sais quoi
Find it in France.


If this isn’t every writer’s dream, it should be! This week away from the world, dedicated to honing the craft with a congenial gang of fellow writers. John & Mimi are tireless in their full-time attention to our needs, literary and otherwise. They nudge and encourage and challenge and inspire—and frankly, spoil us rotten!
— Florence, Durham, North Carolina



Find s secluded writing nook
on the chateau’s 300-acre estate


Enjoy the poetry of breakfast

Discuss writing over fresh croissants and coffee


Buy a new beret

at the local open-air market


Take a walk

in the chateau vineyards


Take a tour

of the only Cointreau distillery in the world



red, white and sparkling wines—
and the famous Loire Valley rosés

What do you get when you add a lovely 15th century French chateau, the Loire Valley, fabulous wine, even more fabulous food lovingly prepared, to personalized, friendly writing instruction and guidance by two published authors? A Writeaway.
— Joyce, Dallas, Texas


Everything about the week conspired to clear the air for the writing process, from our hosts’ attention to detail to the immaculate dinners. This experience, being the first of my endeavors as a writer, will remain a milestone in the development of my voice.
— Cris, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Tour the Loire Valley by air.

Chateau du Pin dates to the 15th century. It is located 18 miles west of Angers in the Pays de la Loire region, about an hour and a half from Paris by TGV (bullet) train, and two miles from the village of Champtocé-sur-Loire. The estate comprises some 300 acres, including vineyards, meadows and wooded land. Its topiary and rose gardens are famous throughout France. The region produces red, white and sparkling wines.

Sometimes you have to travel to find yourself.