Writing Retreat with David Rocklin

April 7 - 13, 2024
Grasse, Côte d'Azur, France

A week in the company of writers in a stunning villa located in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world.

Our group of 5 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.

About David

David Rocklin is the author of the novels The Luminist and Foreward award-winning The Night Language. His new novel, The Electric Love Song Of Fleischl Berger, will be published in May 2024. He is also the author of The Write Formula, a comprehensive craft book offering guidance, inspiration and practical advice on all aspects of fiction writing, including the generation and expansion of ideas, character and plot structure, setting and POV choices, outlining and revision strategy, and navigating criticism and rejection.

David’s Los Angeles – based reading series, Roar Shack, is one of the city’s longest running and is considered an inclusive hub within the L.A. literary community. David has led workshops, spoken on panels, been interviewed in numerous publications, and he’s looking forward to buying your book!



Come prepared for an unforgettable experience.

Once you arrive at the Grasse train station, we will transport you a magnificent 1700’s French villa with spectacular views.

In your spare time, you can enjoy a dip in the private heated pool and relax on the inviting terrace. There is a comfortable living room and a library, where you can find good book or share stories with new-found friends. 

Each morning begins with croissants and breakfast fare, with plenty of coffee and tea.  A Provençal lunch and dinner will be freshly prepared daily with peaceful views both indoors and outdoors.

Grasse is known as the world’s perfume capital. We’ll arrange a perfume factory tour where you can create your own scent!

We’ll enjoy the local restaurant scene with several outings, and daily delivery of fresh viennoiserie.


There are 4 Provençal bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in this historic villa. David will be staying in the apartment on the ground level.

Amenities include: toiletries, hair dryer, washing machine, free wifi, printer, coffee machine, library, heated pool, towels, and a private terrace overlooking the city of Grasse.

David Rocklin's retreat includes:

  • 15 hours of writing workshop
  • 1-hour private critique
  • authentic French meals & dining out
  • scheduled perfume tour & atelier
  • scheduled local transport
  • either a single- or double- occupancy room. 
The cost of the retreat:

“David’s thoughtful and incisive editing work, including deep thematic and structural guidance lifted my manuscript from a teetering new draft to a polished, well-developed one. David is the perfect editor who lasers in on areas that need clarification and development, but is also respectful of the author’s intentions. He’s encouraging and supportive, and also knows how to get the author to be her best self for her best work.”

– Sarah Hunter