Blog Post Writing Retreats in France

Write and relax in France.

Check out these six writing retreats in different regions of France.

 

John Claude Bemis Writing Retreat, October 6 - 12, 2024

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.

When not reading or writing, we’ll tour the château’s vineyard and enjoy a private tasting of their wine. We’ll also tour the Citadel of Blaye, a UNESCO World Heritage Site by miniature train, visit the local farmer’s market, and dine out in the local restaurants.

More details at this link - Foreword Writing Retreats


Wiley Cash Writing Retreat, March 30 - April 5, 2025

Wiley’s retreat is for writers who understand that writing is as much about craft as it is creativity.

We’ll spend three hours each morning discussing the differences between scene and narrative summary and the components that make both so valuable to writers (and our readers). We’ll begin by exploring successful scenes by published authors, and then we’ll dive into one another’s work, looking for ways to hone or expand our scenes and summaries. We’ll also respond to various writing assignments that will require us to make informed decisions about what to explore in scene and what to condense in summary.

There will be plenty of time to take a dip in the outdoor jacuzzi, relax by the water, and explore the village of Arcachon just minutes away on foot.

More details at this link - Foreword Writing Retreats


Storytelling Sojourn with Jamie Ford, June 3 - 9, 2025

Join us for a week of creative splendor with seven fellow writers at a spectacular château in the Pays de la Loire region of France.

Each morning we’ll gather for three hours in one of the château’s cozy 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 1-hour private session.

All genres are welcome In this generative workshop.

More details at this link - Foreword Writing Retreats


David Rocklin Writing Retreat, June 15-21, 2025

Join David for an inspiring writing retreat in the high-alpine village of Chamonix. Every day our group of 8 writers will gather for a three-hour workshop in a luxurious high-alpine villa.

The classes will be a combination of generative writing exercises and small-group critiques in a close-knit & nurturing environment. Each student will also meet with David for a one-hour private session.

All genres are welcome.

More details at this link - Foreword Writing Retreats


 Christina Baker Kline & Paula McLain Retreat, September 14 - September 20, 2025

Join Christina and Paula for this unique opportunity for a creative deep dive in the coastal village of Arcachon, a historical gem south of Bordeaux.

 Every day our group of sixteen women writers will gather for a three-hour workshop in one of our two luxurious villas. The classes will be a combination of generative writing exercises and small-group critiques in a close-knit & 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.

More details at this link - Foreword Writing Retreats


Phyllis Biffle Elmore Writing Retreat, September 28 - October 4, 2025

Phyllis’ writing retreat is for writers of all genres who want to dive into a deeper relationship with their writing in a nurturing group dynamic.

We will spend three glorious hours each morning discussing and discovering the following: roadblocks, hinderances and/or the brick wall that prevent you from developing as a writer, purpose, voice, and style, inward-looking vs action oriented, pacing and flow, and writing as a form of healing.

We will also examine why your story is your story, what makes your story your own, and why you are the only one who can write it.

More details at this link - Foreword Writing Retreats


If you're looking for retreats with different locations or dates, check out all the writing retreats on the Writing Retreat Directory.

 

 

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