Paris Tops Left Bank Writers Retreat List of Holiday Gift Suggestions for Writers

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Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, a small-group writing workshop and literary tourism opportunity held June 19-25, 2016, is offering its top holiday shopping suggestions for writers. The Paris writing retreat has announced a holiday tuition discount on its June program as its top gift-giving pick, and additional suggestions from stocking stuffers on up.

Paris writing inspiration at the June 2016 Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris is a top holiday gift pick for writers (Eiffel Tower photo © Wellington).

You can’t beat a chance to find writing inspiration in Paris firsthand.

The Left Bank Writers Retreat, a small-group six-day writing workshop and literary tourism experience held in Paris each June, has some great gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for writers on holiday shopping lists. “Of course you can’t beat a chance to find writing inspiration in Paris firsthand,” says Left Bank Writers Retreat founder and director Darla Worden, “so we have to suggest tuition for our Paris retreat as a starting point.”

As a holiday gift-giving incentive, anyone signing up for this summer’s retreat before Dec. 31 will receive a $200 discount off the $1,999 tuition for a reduced price of $1,799. The Left Bank Writers Retreat will take place June 19-25, 2016, and tuition covers all daily expenses during the retreat from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (breakfast, lunch, admissions fees and transportation around the city, as well as writing instruction). Writers are responsible for their own airfare and lodging.

Open to all levels of writers, the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris 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 and a picnic on the banks of the Seine. Recommended by the Los Angeles Times as a chance to follow in Hemingway’s footsteps and cure writer’s block, the workshop includes a literary tourism experience that treats attending writers to many of the sights featured in the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris” as well as some newly opened and off-the-beaten-track literary landmarks.

“If a trip to Paris is larger than a shopper’s budget allows,” says Worden, “books about Ernest Hemingway and Paris also make excellent gifts.” She recommends the following list of titles, old and new, to add to shopping lists:

1.    Hemingway in Love: His Own Story by A.E. Hotchner
2.    Hemingway’s Paris: A Writer’s City in Words and Images by Robert Wheeler
3.    Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties by Noel Riley Fitch
4.    Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
5.    The Nick Adams Stories (Audible Audio Edition) by Ernest Hemingway, read by Stacy Keach

For more gift-giving ideas for writers, Worden recommends searching on some likely websites. Some of her favorites: Etsy, “where a quick search of the word ‘writing’ raises a host of ideas from $1.99 printable writing stickers for a stocking stuffer to handmade journals, a literal wooden ‘writer’s block,’ and vintage and handcrafted desks.” She also likes “the always intellectually-inspired gifts at the NPR shop, where purchases support public radio programming.” One other idea: “Writers can find inspiration in local cultural events too,” she says. “Gifts of tickets to local plays or museum exhibitions can be a popular choice.”

Still, for the ultimate writer’s gift, Worden has to stick with Paris. “I’ve heard many stories at the retreat from women and men who received the retreat as a gift,” says Worden. “It is definitely a gift that keeps on giving – writers leave the retreat with newfound inspiration found in Paris.”

The Left Bank Writers Retreat is named for the now-famous writers who lived on Paris’s Left Bank during the 1920s. Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce and F. Scott Fitzgerald are some of the expats who wrote in Paris, congregating in the city’s cafes and bars to share ideas. During the June retreat, participants experiment with many of the Left Bank writers’ techniques.

Applications for the June 2016 retreat and registration information are online at

About Darla Worden:
Darla Worden is a writer who lives in Jackson, Wyo., Denver, Colo., and Paris. Worden 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 Left Bank Writers Retreat:
Now in its seventh 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

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

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