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Durham, NC 27701

Writing Workshops & Retreats - France, Italy, North Carolina



Writeaway in Italy

May 23-30, 2020
Villa Cini and Villa Casanova
Tuscany, Italy

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

Includes individual writing consultations and daily writing workshops, all meals, wine and after-dinner drinks, plus a cooking class and excursion

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

It takes a villa.

You taught me how to ask the right questions to get the right details to engage my reader. Your voices now naturally fill my head. Every word is much more intentional – my words do more than fill space on a page. Grazie for your expertise, your keen listening, your thoughtful feedback, your ability to guide my words to a place they can flourish. You’ve awakened a writer in me.
— Alli, Richmond, Virginia

Dive into writing

at the villa pool


Make new friends

and keep them


Bake some biscotti

to dunk in your espresso


Learn to cook

with Giuseppina and Gabriella


Write here, write now

Take the afternoon outdoors


Dine al fresco

and workshop under the trees

Writeaways gives you an opportunity to really focus on your writing while being nurtured, supported—and held accountable by and to your peers. And the setting is spectacular!
— Dixie, Bakersfield, California


I finally feel like a writer again. I got more done in a week than I’ve written in years.
— Sharyn, Venice, Florida

The 17th century Villas Cini and Casanova are located in the Chianti region of Tuscany, near the villages of Bucine and Badia Agnano, an easy drive or train ride away from Florence, Sienna and Arezzo.  A Roman road at one time ran through the valley, which is best known for its red wines. The villas share an unheated pool.

Oliver the house cat will be there to greet you.


Sometimes you have to travel to find yourself.