Past Retreats

October 1 - 7, 2023
Côte d'Azur, France

Ellen Sussman

Spend a week with seven fellow writers at a magnificent “Belle Epoque” mansion in Grasse, the world’s perfume capital, in the Provence-Côte d’Azur region of France.

Every day the group will meet with New York Times bestselling author Ellen Sussman for a three hour workshop. The classes will be a combination of critique workshop and generative exercises, focusing on aspects of the craft that will take your writing to the next level. Each student will also meet with Ellen for a one hour private session.  This is a rare opportunity to study with Ellen in France (the setting for two of her novels) with such a small and intimate group.

Aimee Lu

Enjoy a peaceful and productive week with Aimee Liu in a luxurious high mountain chalet in the Haute-Savoie region of France, one hour from Geneva.

Each day will begin with an intensive writing workshop focused on fiction or nonfiction. We will discuss participants’ work each morning (up to 5,000 words submitted in advance of the conference). In addition, Aimee will schedule an individual half-hour session to discuss your work after your workshop. A 1/2 day trip to Chamonix and local exploration rounds out the week.

September 10 - 16, 2023
Megève, France

“What a lovely experience from start to finish.  Everything was so well done for us with such consideration for each of us. The view from my room was spectacular!”

– Mercilee Jenkins