Elegant chairs around a table on terrace of villa at A Writer Within retreat in Tuscany, Italy

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

TUSCANY  October 9 – 15, 2022

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 nothing between your words and the page except unlimited inspiration. This retreat welcomes women writers of all ages, genres, and experience levels.

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


The Corti family, who has owned Villa Castellare de Sernigi since the early 1950’s, has lovingly restored this centuries-old villa with every modern convenience while retaining the integrity of its 800-year-old history. Each of its nine bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom.

During your stay, our private chef, and native Tuscan, will serve three meals each day that will delight the palette and feed the soul. Using locally sourced produce she can accommodate most dietary needs.


Sunday, October 9 -15, 2022

The retreat runs from Sunday afternoon (October 9th) to Saturday morning (October 15th)

Transportation to and from Florence is included.

7 women writers sit at a winery table for wine tasting on an outing with A Writer Within in Tuscany, Italy


Every morning, I will lead a 3-hour group writing session.
If the weather permits, lunch will be served on the villa terrace.
In the afternoon we will enjoy guided tours to Tuscan hill towns or enjoy a few hours of quiet relaxation at the villa.
On afternoons without excursions, additional writing sessions will be scheduled.
Two private consultations with me are included. I will meet with you once during the retreat week and follow up with a phone consultation post retreat.
In the evening we will gather for an “aperativo” before dinner in the outdoor living room and watch the sun set.