Come to France’s Loire Valley for 7 days of intense Amherst Writers-method workshops in a gorgeous setting and see what it does for your writing life

BlueRoomSurrounded by 300 acres of topiary, formal gardens, parks, woodland trails and vineyards, this amazing French Monument Historique is the site of a special writing workshop and retreat led by renowned writer and teacher Cary Tennis August 29-September 4, 2016. 

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Mornings we gather in the Grand Salon for writing and reflection—fiction, nonfiction and poetry—following the Amherst Writers and Artists method. Afternoons are reserved for individual and group conferences on craft, genre and marketing considerations. Much time remains for solitary writing and local side trips.

When workshops Topiaryare not taking place, the entire ground floor, including the tower library, Grand Salon, Petit Salon, dining room are at your disposal for reading, writing, dreaming, and relaxing throughout the day. Wander into a secluded nook in the gardens to write, walk the trails of Le Pin, relax by the pond in the formal garden, or venture into the charming small town of Champtocé-sur-Loire.

About the château: The French Government has officially classified Le Pin as a “Monument Historique”; the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication has given Le Pin’s gardens and grounds the designation of “Des Jardins Remarquables.”

DoorAccommodations: Some rooms are small singles and others are very large with king- or queen-sized beds. Bathrooms are shared with no more than one other person. There is plenty of room in the château and on the property for peace, relaxation, and a beautiful view.