Come to France With Me in 2015

Just saying right off the top here–this is a teaser post.

Because you want to come to my next writing retreat in France, don't you?  You know you do!  We don't have every detail confirmed yet but we have decided where we will be.  Ready?

Collioure, France. Coll800

It is a seaside town with mountain views, and also the twisty, curvy medieval streets I love so much in part of it.  Tons to explore in the town itself, and many wonderful things to see nearby. Collioure is in the Languedoc-Roussilon region of France, and I can personally attest to the wonderfulness of their wines.  It is near the border with Spain (you could take the train from Barcelona if you so desired), in the south of France.

So, yes, that's the location.  But let's not forget that this will be a writing retreat/workshop.  I've had some questions about how this works, so here is the scoop:  Every morning (Sunday-Friday), we meet from 9:30 to 12:30 for the workshop.  This time is devoted to mini-lectures from Debbie and myself, and discussion about the designated subject (an aspect of writing).  We assign a book in common for all to read, from which we draw examples. There's in-class writing and every day, we give an assignment, which will then be discussed in-depth the next day.  (For an example of this year's schedule, click here.)

But we're not all work and no play.  Huh-uh.  Yes, you will have assignments to work on, but there will also be plenty of time to explore the town and a field trip or two to other locales.  And we have been known to enjoy the local wines, um, quite a bit, when we reconvene in the evening for talk and food and drink.

There's also the option for staying on for a second (non-writing) week.

Stay tuned.  Debbie and I are meeting next week to work on the schedule, and we'll have that posted as soon as we can.  We've got quite a long list of people who have expressed interest in the workshop this year, so drop me a line if you want to nab a space!

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J.D.
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J.D.
10/09/2014 13:51

I cruised TripAdvisor. I read wikipedia. Then I made my own rating of top ten things to do in Collioure. It was very redundant and writing didn’t make the list. Whew!

Charlotte Dixon
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10/09/2014 15:01

This means you are coming, of course.

Don Williams
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Don Williams
10/09/2014 15:39

I only wish I could go! Fortunately, it’s best for you because I would only probably drive you crazy with my silly joking and fooling around…. I’m the worst jokester, really. Hope you have the greatest time in France.

Charlotte Dixon
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10/09/2014 16:41

No, we’d love that! I wish you could come, Don, it would be great.

J.D.
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J.D.
10/09/2014 20:11

Collioure looks gorgeous. Let me put some bandaids on my budget.

Charlotte Dixon
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10/10/2014 06:04

You can write it all off! If that helps at all.

Zan Marie
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10/10/2014 06:27

Oh, I wish I could! I’ll be happy with getting to either the WFWA Retreat or the ACFW conference.

Doni
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Doni
10/10/2014 06:40

Charlotte, what are the DATES?? I love and miss you! Doni

Charlotte Dixon
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10/10/2014 06:46

Dates are not confirmed yet, Doni, we’ve got to see when the houses are available, but it will be early September. Wish you could come! I miss you too!

Charlotte Dixon
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10/10/2014 06:47

Oh, but surely you can take time out for a trip to France! 🙂

Kayla Dawn Thomas
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10/18/2014 21:50

Maybe someday when I have a bestseller and am raking in the dough. Looks like a fabulous trip though. I drooled all over your Instagram candy.

Charlotte Dixon
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10/19/2014 15:23

It probably doesn't cost as much as you think!  And I do understand.  It took me 30 years to get back to Europe after my first visit.  I'll hold the vision of a bestseller for you in the meantime.  And thanks for following my Instagram!

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