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Durham, NC 27701

Writing Workshops & Retreats - France, Italy, North Carolina

Writeaways Grand Tour

 From a 17th century villa in Tuscany to a 15th century chateau in the Loire Valley...


Writeaways Grand Tour
Villa Cini & Villa Casanova, Tuscany, Italy
Chateau du Pin, Champtocé-sur-Loire, France
May 23 - June 9, 2020


The Writeaways Grand Tour combines all the delights of the Writeaway in Italy and the Writeaway in France. You'll enjoy two days of travel between Italy and France. Join us as we wander through the countryside for a supplementary transportation fee, or explore Europe on your own.


$4,400 for private room, $4,000 each for friends or couple sharing a room

Includes two weeks of daily writing workshops, writing consultations, excursions, and all meals, wine and after-dinner drinks, plus Italian and French wine tastings, an Italian cooking class and a visit to a French farmers' market.

Working in a safe environment with a community of talented people is indescribable. The metamorphosis in my writing at the Writeaways in France and Italy was amazing.
— Madelyn, Atlanta, Georgia

The Grand Tour combines our programs in Italy and France. Travel with John & Mimi, or go on your own from our villas to Chateau du Pin. We depart May 30 and reconvene at the chateau at 5:00pm, June 2.

Some people choose to travel by overnight train from Milan to the Gare de Lyon in Paris, arriving the morning of May 31. Bus 91 will take you to the Gare Montparnasse, from where you can catch a TGV to Angers.

In addition your travel night, you will have two extra nights, May 31 and June 1, to spend in Paris, Angers, or wherever you choose.

We are happy to help you make travel arrangements. Travel expenses for these days, as with travel to and from the continent, are not included in the registration fee.

Sometimes you need to travel to find yourself.