Sun on yellow stone facade of Tuscan villa.

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

TUSCANY  May 19 – 25, 2024

This retreat welcomes women writers of all ages, genres, and levels of experience.

Whether you are interested in memoir, fiction, or non-fiction, you will tap into your creativity as we consider plot, dialogue, characterization, imagery, and more. Kathryn is dedicated to getting you beyond your internal critic and into your creative flow and has a unique and effective teaching style that instills confidence and promotes growth. You will find nothing between your words and the page except unlimited inspiration in this safe and nurturing environment. What could be better for your writing than getting away from the stresses of everyday life and writing to your heart’s content?

Aerial shot of A Writer Within's villa in Tuscany with pool in foreground


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 1950s, 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 accommodate most dietary needs.

6 women writers sit in living room writing at A Writer Within retreat in Tuscany, Italy


Sunday, May 19 - Saturday, May 25, 2023,

The retreat runs from Sunday afternoon (May 19th) to Saturday morning (May 25th)

Transportation to and from Florence is included.

Opulent breakfast on long table at the Tuscan villa for A Writer Within retreat in Italy


Each morning I will lead a 3-hour group writing session.
Following lunch (al fresco if the weather permits), we will enjoy guided tours of nearby towns, historical 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 me is included and will be scheduled around activities.