It's not a question of whether you have a writer within, it's how can you set her free.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our 2020 retreats have been cancelled. Our hearts go out to everyone affected and we look forward to returning to Italy in the future.

TUSCANY  May 15 – May 22, 2021

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.


Saturday, May 15 - May 22, 2021

The retreat runs from Saturday afternoon (May 15th) to Saturday morning (May 22nd)

Transportation to and from Florence is included.


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.
Additional writing sessions will be scheduled several afternoons during the week.
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.