Left Bank Writers Retreat Summer Writing Workshop in Paris Recommends Five Favorite Hemingway’s Paris Destinations for Writers

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The Left Bank Writers Retreat, facilitated by founder and author Darla Worden, returns to Paris June 15 – 20, 2014, for its sixth year. Worden offers a tip sheet of top Hemingway’s Paris sights for writers, selected from the retreat’s afternoon sessions spent touring famous Paris literary destinations.

Ernest Hemingway in Paris, circa1924 (from the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston).

“We explore the city through the context of Hemingway and the Left Bank writers of the 20s,” says Left Bank Writers Retreat founder Worden.

The Left Bank Writers Retreat, a small group writing retreat in Paris, France, June 15 – 20, 2014, offers personalized instruction along with an insider’s look at the City of Light. Hosted by writer Darla Worden, the retreat provides morning writing workshops and afternoons touring Paris landmarks and popular haunts of Ernest Hemingway and his “Lost Generation” writer and artist cohorts. Worden draws on her experience leading the writing workshop attendees around the city to offer a tip sheet of places to visit that follow in Hemingway’s footsteps. Hemingway is a favorite subject of Left Bank Writers Retreat founder Worden, who is working on a book about Hemingway’s Paris.

“Writers of all levels, from beginner to professional, have participated in the Left Bank Writers Retreat,” Worden says. “The retreat was created to inspire writers – work is not critiqued. It is an opportunity to experiment in a variety of writing styles. At the same time we explore the city through the context of Hemingway and the Left Bank writers of the 20s. Our afternoon excursions explore Paris’s deep literary roots as well as its famous sights, restaurants and museums.”

Worden, who will be facilitating her sixth Left Bank Writers Retreat this June, recommends these Hemingway highlights of Paris for writers – or anyone interested in the city’s famed literary past:

  •     Luxembourg Gardens where Hemingway and Gertrude Stein often walked
  •     The Latin Quarter and famed Boulevard Saint Germain, where Hemingway lived
  •     Musee D’Orsay and its works by Cezanne, whose painting Hemingway credited as an inspiration for his writing.
  •     Parisian cafes where Hemingway ate, drank and wrote, including Closerie de Lilas, Les Deux Magots, and Café de Flore
  •     Montmartre, once home to Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Toulouse Lautrec, and Pablo Picasso, whom Hemingway met through Gertrude Stein in 1922

The cost of the six-day Left Bank Writers Retreat is $1,999 and includes morning writing sessions, coaching and one-on-one time with the instructor for a maximum of eight writers, as well as lunch each day, admission to museums and area sights, an excursion to Montmartre, a picnic on the banks of the Seine and a literary tour including visits to many of the sites featured in the popular Woody Allen movie "Midnight in Paris."

The retreat is offering a $200 discount on registration until January 1, 2014. The retreat takes place on the historic "Île Saint-Louis" in the heart of Paris. Writers arrange their own lodging and transportation to Paris, and can reserve a spot in the retreat with a $500 deposit.

Left Bank Writers Retreat facilitator and host Darla Worden is a writer and public relations professional who lives in Denver, Colo., and spends a month each year in Paris. Worden, interviewed in "Insider Perks" about her love of travel, has written widely for magazines and authored several books. She writes the popular blog Frenchophile and is currently at work on a book about Hemingway in Paris.

Company Information: The 2014 Left Bank Writers Retreat is slated for June 15 – 20, 2013, in Paris, France. Hosted by writer Darla Worden, the six-day summer writer’s workshop is open to writers in every genre. For additional information, visit http://www.leftbankwriters.com.

Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Public Relations, darla(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 303.777.7667

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