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 29 – June 5, 2021

This special retreat will be a collaboration with Jo McGinley, a masterful workshop leader, performance coach, and writer.

Along with my usual array of powerful writing activities and prompts that focus on the craft of writing and connecting you with your creative flow, we will incorporate dynamic experiential exercises to enhance the creative process and take your stories to the next level. Jo is a master at sparking the imagination and will inspire you all the way to the page. Through becoming curious about story ideas, inspirations, and blocks, you’ll discover and embrace your own unique vision.

No matter where you are on your writing path, this is the perfect class if you’re looking for something a little bit different, just starting a project, have lost your way, or simply need a new perspective…take the leap and join us in Tuscany!

Attention returning attendees: This is a great opportunity for you as I’ve revised the curriculum and have added new excursions. As always, you can look forward to the same fabulous food. If you’ve attended my Tuscany retreat in the past, please contact me to receive a discount on this retreat.


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.


Saturday, May 29 - June 5, 2021

The retreat runs from Saturday afternoon (May 29th) to Saturday morning (June 5th)

Transportation to and from Florence is included.


In the morning, Kathryn will lead a 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 Kathryn are included. She 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.