I spent a week in Tuscany at a writer’s retreat with this lovely view from my bedroom window. I arrived after a whirlwind of travel and sightseeing: hiking the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain, visiting quaint Dutch towns in the Netherlands, and exploring Renaissance art in Florence. I was scattered in thought and feeling stuck in my writing.
But a week surrounded by fellow writers was relaxing and rejuvenating. I was in awe by their adventuresome spirit, fascinated by their stories and enthralled by their writing. The retreat was a perfect mix of writing exercises to activate the senses, visualization warm-ups to get us in the mood to write, and interviewing techniques to get to know each other and our characters.
There was free time to reflect and write or stroll the grounds of the beautiful Villa Castellare. There were excursions to medieval walled towns in the Tuscany countryside and delicious meals cooked by Nadia.
Most of all, there was a heartfelt bond among a community of writers and I was enriched by every encounter. I came home with a renewed sense of purpose – I will stop procrastinating and make myself sit in that chair and write.
P.S. Kathryn Kay is holding another retreat this October, if you are interested.