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"In 2014 I spent an amazing ten days in Tuscany with a fabulous group of women under the tutelage of Eloisa James, aided by the seamless organisation of Minerva Education (Cajsa Baldini).


We learned, we laughed and we cried, we explored the flavours of gelato and we wandered through Castellina and Siena.


Lifelong friendships were forged.


Best of all we all came together in the spirit of understanding how to hone our writing skills and improve our craft.


Post workshop, I included the attending authors in my contemporary romance: Ten Days in Tuscany, and I was delighted when a copy of my book was presented to the delegates in 2015.


My dream is to come to Tuscany with Minerva again soon. I learned so much and I have so much to share!"

Annie Seaton

Eloisa James Workshop, 2014

"The Rhys Bowen Mystery Writers Workshop in Castellina in Chianti Italy was in a word, wonderful. The hotel was picturesque, the rooms comfortable, the staff friendly, and the food delicious. The tour guide on the trip to Siena was informative and friendly. Rhys' lectures provided excellent information and I learned a lot. Rhys was supportive of the group and shared her knowledge and advice with us so freely. The writers in the group were talented and supportive of each other. Cajsa and Pier were delightful hosts. Thanks for a wonderful retreat."

Teresa Michael

Rhys Bowen Workshop, 2016

"It was a perfect combination of workshop and vacation with great excursions to Siena and Castellina. Advice for future attendees: Be sure to leave plenty of room in your luggage for souvenirs-fabulous balsamic vinegar, beautiful leather purses, silk scarves and more."

Bobbi Blake

Rhys Bowen Workshop, 2016

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