Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris Accepting Applications for New Fall Session in October 2015

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For six years the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris has offered literary tourists the opportunity to attend a week-long June writing workshop in Paris, while touring Hemingway’s writing haunts and exploring the city’s museums, parks and cafes. This year the popular Paris writers’ workshop is offering a fall session for the first time, with applications now being accepted.

The popular Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris is offering a new fall session in October (photo © Travis Cebula).

The Luxembourg Gardens will be quite different in the fall, and travel costs should be lower and landmarks less crowded than in the busy summer.

The Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris is accepting applications for its 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, which just wrapped up (with a second June “reunion” session underway), 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 Ernest Hemingway and his friends and a tour of literary sites and landmarks. Worden is currently accepting applications for the new October retreat with a deadline of Aug. 1, 2015.

“It will give us a look at Hemingway’s Paris at a time when the summer tourists have gone home. We will spend plenty of time in the cafes; however, if it’s cool outside we may need to sip fine a l’eau next to terrace heaters to stay warm,” says Worden, referring to the classic brandy and soda cocktail featured in the Hemingway novel “The Sun Also Rises.” “The Luxembourg Gardens will be quite different in the fall, 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 the 2015 retreat being heralded as a resounding success. “Several of the writers have asked me if they could return next year,” says Worden, who is currently hosting a second June “reunion” retreat for writers who have attended in the past. “I hadn’t thought doing a second Left Bank Writers Retreat would be a ‘thing,’ but it’s fun for me to stretch and explore new and different sights and writing experiences than the first time around,” she adds.

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.

“Writers tell me that the retreat works magic for them,” says Worden of the Left Bank Writers Retreat experience, which she captured a bit of in an unintentional video she made in June 2014. “We’re in Paris, writing, eating and drinking wine—writers come back home rejuvenated.”

The retreat welcomes fiction and memoir writers, poets and playwrights from beginners to published authors. While all levels are welcome, writers wishing to join the retreat will find an application on the Left Bank Writers Retreat “registration” page. “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 Jackson, Wyo., Denver, Colo., and 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.

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 http://www.leftbankwriters.com.

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

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