Upcoming Writing Retreats
John Claude Bemis
Fiction writers of all genres are welcome for this week-long retreat in a spectacular chateau in the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards.
Along with eight other writers, you’ll gather each morning for three hours in one of the castle’s magnificent rooms—or poolside—to explore techniques to make each scene and every page more captivating to readers. You’ll learn new ways to create an immersive writing voice with point-of-view, how to micro-plot scenes into strong arcs, and how to weave together your characters’ interior lives with their external struggles. Each participant will have a one-hour private consultation with John.
October 6 - 12, 2024
September 22 - 28, 2024
Writing & Publishing
For writers in any genre who are ready to make a strategic plan for getting their work published and building a sustainable writing career.
Each morning we will gather for three hours to learn about every aspect of publishing, establish goals and expectations for finding and sharing our work with readers, and outline a step-by-step plan for approaching publishers with our work. We will develop a deeper understanding of our own writing as we learn how to write about ourselves and our own projects. In these daily workshops we will create compelling elevator pitches, query letters, plot summaries, and author bios that will entice potential publishers.
Christina Baker Kline &
From Ernest Hemingway to Frances Mayes to Elizabeth Gilbert, American writers have long been inspired by travel and foreign landscapes to produce some of their best work.
Join us for an unforgettable week in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, in the heart of the French alps, where with this unparalleled natural setting as muse, we will take your writing to the next level, deepening your awareness of physical detail and sensory imagery as powerful tools that can help you turn life into art.
September 1 - 7, 2024
June 2 - 8, 2024
Côte d'Azur, France
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.
A week of creative grandeur with seven fellow writers at a magnificent Château in the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards.
Each morning we’ll gather for three hours in one of the castle’s magnificent rooms, or poolside, to workshop beginning chapters, opening scenes, and examine the types of contracts we make with readers on page one. We’ll discuss writing vs. storytelling, ways of immersing the reader, and how to bank and spend emotional currency. Each participant will also have a half-hour private session. All genres are welcome in this generative workshop.
May 12-18, 2024
April 7 - 13, 2024
Côte d'Azur, France
A week in the company of writers in a stunning ‘belle epoque’ mansion located in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world.
Our group of five writers will meet each day in one of the mansion’s many cozy rooms, or poolside, or on a veranda overlooking the sea. There, we’ll do fun and generative exercises, craft talks tailored to the writers’ specific goals and identified areas of focus and development, and we’ll discuss each participant’s individual work in a collaborative, supportive and inclusive setting. Each writer will also get a 1-hour private session. Of course, the day will be filled with ample time to write and reflect in an extraordinary destination-vacation setting.
“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