October 6-13, 2018

The question is not is there a writer within, but how do I set her free?

A Writer Within offers you a week-long journey into the craft of writing in the tranquil and inspiring setting of Tuscany. Whether you are interested in memoir, fiction or non-fiction, you will tap into your creative flow as we consider plot, dialogue, characterization, imagery, and more. Kathryn has a unique and effective teaching style that instills confidence and promotes growth. In this safe and nurturing environment you will find there is nothing between your words and the page except unlimited inspiration. This retreat welcomes women writers of all ages, genres, and levels of experience.


We will enjoy a luxurious week in the heart of Tuscany at the lovely Villa Castellare de Sernigi. The Corti family who has owned it since the early 1950’s has lovingly restored this centuries-old villa. Each of its nine bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom and every modern convenience.

Our private chef will delight us with regional specialties using locally sourced produce and wine, and can accommodate most dietary needs.

In stillness, we listen for the whisper of inspiration that lies beneath the whirl of our daily lives and chatter of our critical minds.


Saturday, October 6 -13, 2018

The retreat runs from Saturday evening (October 6th) to Saturday morning (October 13th)

Transportation to and from Florence by private shuttle is included.

As we surrender our doubts and fears we create space for our creative spirit to rise and guide us.


Our day will begin with an optional yoga or Tai Chi session before breakfast.
Mornings will be spent in a group writing session led by Kathryn.
Following lunch (al fresco if the weather permits), we will enjoy informal as well as guided tours of nearby towns, historic sights, and the surrounding countryside or enjoy personal writing/relaxation time.
Most evenings (if we are not out enjoying local entertainment and wine) we will gather informally to share our work and reflect on the day.
A private consultation with Kathryn is included and will be scheduled around activities.