Left Bank Writers Retreat Offers Writer’s Block Cure with Summer Writing Workshop in Paris and Writing Tips from Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway used travel as inspiration for his writing, a technique recommended by the Left Bank Writers Retreat, a summer writing workshop held in Paris, France, each June. Travel is just one of the Hemingway writing tips offered by the Left Bank Writers Retreat small-group writing salon and experiential travel opportunity as a way to fend off writer’s block.

The Left Bank Writers Retreat suggests Paris travel for writing inspiration, a tip from Ernest Hemingway, shown here in an early passport photo.

Writing in Paris, following in Hemingway’s footsteps, trying some of his writing techniques - it all works magic for writers.

When writer’s block looms, there’s always Paris. Writers whose work needs a kick in the pants can polish their prose and poetry at The Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, June 14-19, 2015. The summer writing workshop offers a firsthand experience of Ernest Hemingway’s Paris haunts for inspiration – and offers tips from the famous author that can help any struggling writer find salvation.

The six-day Left Bank Writers Retreat, held annually in Paris, includes morning writing sessions, experimenting with style and genres, for a maximum of eight writers, plus 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 visiting many of the sites featured in the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris” and Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast.” Cost of the writing workshop and experiential travel opportunity is $1,999.

“Writing in Paris, following in Hemingway’s footsteps, trying some of his writing techniques—it all works magic for writers,” says retreat founder and host Darla Worden. “Now in our sixth year, the Left Bank Writers Retreat has inspired novels, poetry, plays, and historical nonfiction books from writers who attended. This year we are even hosting a second-week reunion of writers who attended in the past—they wanted to do it all over again.”

The 2015 Left Bank Writers Retreat will include a visit to the newly opened Picasso museum. Other highlights include a Seine boat ride and lunch at the famous Hemingway-favorite café, La Closerie des Lilas.

But even writers who can’t make it to Paris this season, can find inspiration to break through writer’s block from Hemingway’s habits, says Worden, who is currently at work on a book about Hemingway. She shares these Hemingway-inspired tips for writers:

1.    Adopt a writing routine: Hemingway rose with the sunrise, often wrote correspondence to “get the juices flowing,” then stopped writing when he was in a good place to begin the next day.
2.    Approach writing like a business: even when Hemingway was struggling to sell anything, he approached writing seriously, maintained his routine and networked to find people who could help him.
3.    Travel for inspiration: many of Hemingway’s stories are set in places he visited—Paris, Spain, Africa. Expand experiences by exploring the world and writing about it.

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 in Paris each summer. 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’s Paris.

About the Left Bank Writers Retreat:
Now in its sixth year, the Left Bank Writers Retreat welcomes fiction and memoir writers, poets and playwrights. Writers wishing to join the retreat will find an application at http://www.leftbankwriters.com. The retreat takes place on the historic Île Saint-Louis in the heart of Paris. Writers arrange their own lodging and transportation to Paris. 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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