A Writing Retreat/Workshop in France

It is cold where you are, no doubt.  And wintry and gloomy.  

On such a day, you might start dreaming of summer and travel.

On such a day, perhaps you might dream of summer, travel, and writing.

On such a day, maybe you might dream of summer, travel, writng, and France.

In which case, I have just the thing for you:

Pezenas–Writing in the South of France Boutiqes-de-pezenas

Yes, I'm returning to France this year, and you can come, too, if  you would like!  (You know you want to.)

My business partner Debbie and I have been running writing retreats together for the past few years. This one will be our third, our second overseas.    Last year we went to Ceret, and our participants had a blast–and got a lot of writing done.  This year we are going to Pezenas, in the same region, and we've got a gorgeous house right in the middle of town–which means you can walk to shops and cafes (where you might want to partake of the French habit of a glass of wine mid-afternoon while you write).

France_location_mapThis year our workshop will focus on character. The way it works is this: We meet every morning from 9:30 to 12:30 to discuss our topic, workshop your writing, and talk about the book-in-common we all will have read.  Debbie and I are both published authors with many years experience teaching, and we guide our classes with a supportive yet firm hand.

After the workshop, you're free to explore and write (you will have assignments) all afternoon. Sometimes we do group activities but we also like to keep it loose and open so you can do what you want.  In the evenings, we reconvene for wine and dinner (again, you're free to do what you like, but our groups tend to be wine-focused convivial).

You guys, this is as good as it gets for writers.  Trust me.  It's wonderful.  But don't just take my word for it.  You can read testimonials here (and also learn a lot more about the retreat).

It truly is amazing how much you can get done when you are away from home.  In case you've not yet gotten the retreat bug, here is a collection of posts from previous retreats and workshops I've participated in, which will help to give you a flavor of them:

 10 Takeaways From France

Here, Not There

The Art of Retreating

Writing Away From Home

Writers Connecting

Do you attend retreats or workshops regularly?  Chime in! (And if you're interested in joining us in France, email me.)


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6 Responses to A Writing Retreat/Workshop in France

  1. Don Williams 01/23/2014 at 15:05 #

    I can’t go, but, boy, oh boy would I love to! Sounds like it would be extremely beneficial to one’s writing, provided you can tear yourself a way from the idea of sightseeing. The area looks fabulous, almost as if it was from story book. I can’t afford to go, but who knows…. I could always win the lottery between now and then?

  2. Charlotte Dixon 01/23/2014 at 15:15 #

    Start buying those lottery tickets, it would be so fun to have you in France with us!

  3. J.D. 01/24/2014 at 04:18 #

    Wow, that looks like fun. Can’t go this time. I so like the idea. I’m sure all of you will have such a great time. Oh, the stories you will tell.

  4. Charlotte Dixon 01/24/2014 at 05:57 #

    Well, darn it J.D., it would be so fun if you could come some time!  I'm sure we'll do another one.

  5. Samantha Gluck 01/25/2014 at 10:00 #

    Wow! It sounds glorious! I didn’t realize that you had done an overseas workshop before. I suppose this was last year? It’s so wonderful that it went well and that you’re hosting another one this year.

    Alas! I cannot attend for countless reasons. But one day, maybe (she says with a wistful, faraway look).

    I’m going to share this around to my fiction writer friends. It’s seems like such an amazing opportunity. See the world, make new friends, and make headway on your pet writing projects!


  6. Charlotte Dixon 01/25/2014 at 14:07 #

    We had a lot of fun last year.  And I would so love it if you could come, but I also know you have many work and family commitments to consider.  But please do feel free to share it with your writing friends! (We had a memoir writer last year, so it wasn't all fiction.)

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