Finding Inspiration
Santa Barbara

A Women's Writing Retreat in Santa Barbara

The pure Tuscan light … the ancient hilltop towns … the food! Tuscany’s endless beauty serves as the backdrop for this immersive writing retreat.

Join me with a small group of like-minded women writers for a magical week in the heart of Italy. Together, we’ll explore the region, share our words, and grow as writers. You won’t just bring home a new passport stamp; you’ll return with a renewed writing practice, attainable next-steps, and a heart bursting with newfound inspiration.

“From the moment I said ‘yes’ to Kathryn‘s retreat in Tuscany and spoke with her on the phone, I knew I was in good hands. Kathryn runs a very positive retreat, where I felt safe exploring my project and trying new writing styles. The food was fantastic, and there was plenty of time to relax and write independently. It was liberating, and I felt nourished in every way.”
— Elizabeth Friedman, Los Angeles, CA

In Santa Barbara, you’ll have the space to…

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Relax

This retreat is designed to pluck you from the stresses of daily life and give your mind and body the time and space to truly relax. How? By taking care of your every need — from the well-appointed rooms at the villa to the home-cooked Italian meals. Each day intentionally allows for downtime to recharge and simply be. When you’re being gentle with yourself, you’ll be amazed at how much your creativity ignites, and your desire to write grows.

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Renew

You’re coming to Italy! When you aren’t writing, I want you to experience Tuscany. In our time together, we will sidestep the tourist hot spots and immerse ourselves in the true beauty of our surroundings. Each of our excursions is highly curated, with a focus on less-traveled, yet equally-beautiful locales — think small wineries, narrow lanes, and authentic hill towns. I spent years living in Florence and exploring this region, and cannot wait to share it with you.

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Write

These are generative writing retreats, which means you’ll have the freedom to follow fresh ideas and deepen existing ones as you create new work. Each day, we’ll explore a new facet of your writing, including plot, character, dialogue, and more — all designed to help you discover and embrace your unique vision. You can look forward to morning (and some  afternoon) workshops, and shared dinners to keep the creative conversation going.

 

A typical writing retreat day in Santa Barbara

Just imagine…

Each morning, you’ll get up and follow the scent of freshly baked pastries to an abundant and healthy breakfast.

Then, you’ll get comfy for a 3-hour group writing session.

Following lunch (al fresco when the weather permits), we might take a guided tour of nearby towns, historical sights, and the surrounding countryside, or you can enjoy personal writing or relaxation time.

You’ll have additional writing sessions on several afternoons during the week.

After enjoying a 3-course dinner (if you’re not out enjoying local entertainment and wine), we’ll gather informally to share your work and reflect on the day.

INVESTMENT

Private room with a queen bed and en suite bath
$4,800 

Shared room with twin beds and en suite bath
$3,500 (per person)

Payment Plan Available

Your investment includes:

  • Seven days in a luxury villa
  • Private transfers to and from Florence
  • 20+ hours of daily writing instruction
  • Two private consultations (one during the retreat and one phone consult after)
  • Professionally guided tours
  • All meals prepared by our Tuscan cook
  • Wine tasting at local vineyards 
  • Mid-morning and afternoon snacks
  • Evening aperitivo
  • All beverages, including wine 
“If you are looking for a serene setting to explore your creativity and writing process, this is the retreat for you. It is the perfect blend of writing instruction, free time, and excursions to the Tuscan countryside. Kathryn is an excellent facilitator, and the villa will inspire your writing.”
— Lisa Ramee, Author of “Mapmaker” and “Something to Say”

Upcoming Women’s Writing Retreats
in Santa Barbara

“I came to this workshop for inspiration, and it didn’t disappoint. Kathryn is a gifted facilitator, and her teaching strategies and techniques were second to none. The food, excursions, and setting were a cut above anything I’ve ever experienced. I returned home reinvigorated and ready to continue my writing practice with renewed energy. I truly found my ‘Writer Within.’”
— Linda Young, Portland, OR

Not quite ready to travel?

Learn more about Editing + Coaching

While writing retreats are a wonderful way to have an adventure as you focus on yourself as a creative, traveling across the world is not always in the cards. My coaching and editing services are available in person or virtually. The goal is to meet you where you are in your writing journey and help you formulate a path forward.

What other questions
can I answer?

Of course! Our villa is in the heart of Tuscany and is surrounded by olive trees and grape vines. Here, you’ll have ample space and amenities to relax and recharge. Explore a gallery of images from the villa and surrounding area HERE →

Ah, imposter syndrome; it’s a sneaky monster. No matter where you are on your writing journey, we all wrestle with it. The women writers joining me in Tuscany for this retreat are at every stage of the writing journey, some with initial ideas and others with drafts in hand. But no matter where you are in your creative process, we’re all on the same page when it comes to supporting one another and fostering a safe and encouraging environment.

If you happen to have a draft in progress, by all means, bring it along, but it’s not required. I encourage everyone to remain open to the possibility of new ideas and to follow the creative flow in whatever direction it takes you. This retreat is generative, which means you’ll have many opportunities to explore new directions and create fresh work.   

The retreat is intentionally designed to allow you time to rest (what a concept!). The day will be portioned out into writing time, workshops, free time, excursions, and meals together. You can expect to visit artisanal shops, tucked-away wineries, vibrant hill towns, and local trattorias when you’re not dining at the villa. Get a sense of a typical day HERE →

Yes, I give retreat participants the option to pay in several different ways. It’s important to me that all writers have access to these transformational retreats, so I recommend reaching out to learn more about payment options. Inquire HERE →

I’m excited too! I look forward to my time in Italy every year, and building relationships with fellow women writers inspires my own writing practice. The first step is to fill out the inquiry form, where you’ll book a Discovery Call with me so I can answer all your questions. Once you’ve confirmed your interest, I’ll send you the registration and payment information. Along the way, I’ll share more about what to expect on the retreat, and all the details about arrival times and transportation. In the meantime, start getting inspired by reading books set in Italy (my novel, “The Gilder,” is available on Amazon) or watching some Italian movies. See you in Tuscany!

“After deciding to attend Kathryn‘s retreat in Tuscany, I read her novel ‘The Gilder’ and realized her style would suit me perfectly. The craft elements we discussed were easily applicable and perfect for a group of mixed-level experience. I knew I was in good hands all around.”
— Jayne Cronin, Conroe, TX
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The question is not if you have a writer within

The question is how can you set her free

I hope you’ll join me in Tuscany and say YES to your writing life.

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