The Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris Adds a New Fall Session for Additional Writing Workshop and Literary Travel Opportunities for Writers

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The Left Bank Writers Retreat, known for its annual summer combination writing workshop and literary tour in Paris, France, has announced the addition of a fall session in October 2015. The small-group retreat provides morning writing sessions and afternoons exploring the Paris literary haunts of Hemingway and his 1920s cohorts.

A first-ever October session has been added to the Left Bank Writers Retreat for a fall writing workshop and literary travel experience in Paris. (photo by Valerie Potapova)

It will be terrific to see Hemingway’s Paris in the fall, the Luxembourg Gardens will be quite different, and travel costs should be lower.

The Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, now in its sixth year, has added a first-ever fall session in October to accommodate additional writers, announced founder and host Darla Worden. Like the Left Bank Writers Retreat’s popular June session, the fall writers’ workshop, scheduled for October 18 – 23, 2015, in Paris, France, will combine writing sessions in various significant Paris venues with lunch at Parisian cafes favored by Hemingway and his friends and a tour of literary sites and landmarks. Worden is currently accepting applications for the new October retreat.

“This year writers asked if we would consider a second set of dates in the fall, so I’ve decided to add the October retreat,” says Worden. “It will be terrific to see Hemingway’s Paris in the fall, the Luxembourg Gardens will be quite different, and travel costs should be lower and landmarks less crowded than in the busy summer season.”

The retreat also takes place each June in Paris, with 2015 summer dates scheduled for June 14 – 19. Recently featured in the L.A. Times, which suggested, “Cure your writer’s block and draw inspiration from the sights and sounds of Paris that influenced Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others on a Left Bank Writers Retreat,” the six-day writing workshop is open to all levels of writers 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, and a literary tour visiting many of the sites featured in the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris” and Hemingway’s famous “A Moveable Feast.” Tuition for the retreat is $1,999 with a $500 deposit required to reserve space for the fall session.

During the 2014 June retreat, Worden had the happy accident of making an unintentional video that captured some of the sights the group was experiencing. “I had a new camera and hadn’t completely figured out how to work it,” she admits, “but somehow it worked on its own to create a video montage. I got back to the U.S. and it was so fun to discover these lovely Paris moments had been captured.”

“Writers tell me that the retreat works magic for them,” says Worden of the Left Bank Writers Retreat experience. “We’re in Paris, writing, eating and drinking wine—writers come back home rejuvenated.”

The retreat welcomes fiction and memoir writers, poets and playwrights. Writers wishing to join the retreat will find an application at “I like to see what a writer is hoping to accomplish while they are in Paris to make sure we are the right retreat for their expectations,” says Worden.

The 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 Paris. She has written widely for magazines and authored several books. She writes the popular blog Frenchophile and is currently working on a book about Hemingway’s Paris.

About the Left Bank Writers Retreat:
Now in its sixth year, the Left Bank Writers 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

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

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