Real writing in the real Paris
The Real Paris Retreat for Writers: October 17-22, 2022
Authentic, affordable, in-depth
Workshop meets in neighborhoods frequented by local artists and writers rather than by tourists
Participants receive close attention to their work in progress, both in workshop and one-on-one
Registration fees are 30 to 60 percent lower than existing writing workshops in Paris
Writers submit their work in advance--fiction, nonfiction, autofiction, memoir; maximum 5,000 words--for rigorous group discussion. The Real Paris Writing Retreat is limited to 10 participants.
Your retreat host and workshop facilitator is Shannon Cain, a writer, editor and activist living in France since 2014. Shannon taught creative writing for 15 years at a variety of institutions, including to undergraduates the University of Arizona, as a visiting professor at Leipzig University, and as MFA faculty with the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her short stories have been recognized with the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, a fellowship from the U.S, National Endowment for the Arts, the O. Henry Prize, and twice the Pushcart Prize. Books edited by Shannon have won The Next Generation Indie Book Award in Short Fiction, The Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the Elixir Press Fiction Award and a nomination for the Goodreads Choice Award. She is the Interim Director at La Maison Baldwin, a writers' residency in the south of France.
Admission to the Real Paris Retreat is by application. To apply, send five double-spaced pages of your best prose to email@example.com. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, so it's best to apply early.
A teaching fellowship is available for a writer of color. The fellow will co-facilitate daily cross-genre prose workshop sessions, participate in individual manuscript consultations, and teach a craft class. In addition to waived registration ($995), the fellow will receive a $1,000 cash stipend. To apply, send a full chapter, essay or short story (5,000 words max), your bio, and a cover letter no later than August 15th.
The Real Paris Retreat for Writers
A socially-engaged writing intensive
Oct. 17 to 22, 2022
Registration plus shared accommodations: $1495
Registration plus private hotel accommodations: $1995
(Five nights' accommodation at a locally owned boutique hotel such as the Paris France Hotel or equivalent)
Workshops meet in an inspiring variety of cafés, community art centers, and coworking spaces. The schedule incorporates downtime for exploration and writing.
Five full work days: a 3-hour morning session plus optional afternoon activities
Daily critique workshop with craft discussions
Guest lectures and craft classes
Private meeting with Shannon and the Retreat Fellow to discuss your work and publishing career
Tour of Paris literary sites and bookshops
Café writing afternoons
An open mic evening with Paris Lit Up at Culture Rapide, birthplace of French slam poetry