Drone shot of the stunning pool and gorgeous landscape at A Writer Within Retreat at Villa Castellare di Sernigi

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

TUSCANY  May 11 – 17, 2024

We will take care of your every need so you can begin to reconnect with the writer you are and explore ways to become the writer you want to be. What better place to accomplish this than at a writing retreat held in a beautiful villa in 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. You will find nothing between your words and the page except unlimited inspiration in this safe and nurturing environment.

Expand the boundaries of your imagination, master elements of the craft, generate new ideas, break through blocks, and write like you’ve never written before!

Open gate with red flowers on yellow wall with bell tower in background


Located 45 minutes south of Florence, the Villa Castellare de Sernigi will serve as your base for this magical week in Tuscany. The Corti family has owned this 800-year-old villa since the 1950s and restored it to include every modern convenience, including air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms in each of its nine bedrooms.

Author Lisa Ramee at A Writer Within retreat in Tuscany


Saturday, May 11 - Friday, May 17, 2024,

The retreat runs from Saturday afternoon (May 11th) to Friday morning (May 17th)

Transportation to and from Florence is included.

Interior walls with no roof of the Abby of San Galgano


Following breakfast, each day will begin with a writing session focused on the creative process and the elements of craft. As a reward for your hard work, you will enjoy a buffet lunch on one of the villa’s terraces. Your afternoon will either be free to do as you please, relax/write/explore, or a professionally guided excursion will be scheduled. Additional writing sessions will be scheduled on afternoons without excursions. I will schedule a private consultation with you to discuss your work on one of your free afternoons. The retreat also includes a second consultation via phone with me at some point post-retreat. Before dinner, we will gather in the outdoor living room to enjoy an aperativo and admire the sunset.