Christina Baker Kline &
Paula McLain Retreat

September 1- 7, 2024
Chamonix, France

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.

This is a rare opportunity to study with world-class writers in a stunning location that will re-invigorate your commitment to your writing. Every day our group of sixteen female writers will meet with New York Times bestselling authors Christina Baker Kline and Paula McLain for a three-hour workshop. The classes will be a combination of generative writing exercises and small-group critiques in a close-knit and nurturing environment. Each student will also have the opportunity to meet with Christina or Paula for a one-hour private session. All genres are welcome.

About Christina & Paula

Christina Baker Kline is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Exiles, Orphan Train, and A Piece of The World. She is published in more than 40 countries. www.ChristinaBakerKline.com

Paula McLain is best known for her internationally best-selling novel The Paris Wife. Other titles include Circling the Sun, the memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and her latest instant bestseller, When the Stars Go Dark. Her work has been translated into thirty-six languages.
www.PaulaMcLain.com   

Turning Life into Art

Every day our group of sixteen women writers will gather for a three-hour workshop in one of our two luxurious chalets.

The classes will be a combination of generative writing exercises and small-group critiques in a close-knit and nurturing environment. We’ll vary the groups each day to keep the energy fresh, and each student will meet with either  Christina and Paula for a one-hour private session. All genres are welcome. This is a rare opportunity to study with world-class writers that will elevate your writing.

Come prepared for an unforgettable experience.

You will be transported to two luxury mountain homes within walking distance to the center of Chamonix.

 Mornings will be spent workshopping at the chalet an delicious French meals will be prepared for you daily to infuse you in the joie de vivre of the region.

There will be plenty of time to take a dip in the outdoor jacuzzi with a view of the Mont Blanc, and relax in the sauna.

Optional activities include a cable car ride to the Aiguille du Midi and exploring the village of Chamonix, minutes away on foot. 

Accomodations

Between the two chalets there are 16 peaceful bedrooms each with a private full bathroom. 

Each chalet is equipped with luxury toiletries, blow dryer, iron & board, washer & dryer, coffee machine, blender, free wifi, and an outdoor hot tub and steam room.

Christina's & Paula’s retreat includes:

  • 15 hours of workshop
  • 1-hour private critique session
  • 6 nights in a premier ensuite private room
  • freshly prepared French meals (alcohol not included)
  • private transport from and to Geneva
  • local concierge services

 

The cost of this retreat:
$6150

“What a lovely experience from start to finish.  Everything was so well done for us with such consideration for each of us.”

– Mercilee Jenkins