Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris Reveals Last-minute Holiday Gifts for Writers

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A holiday tuition discount makes the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, June 19-25, 2016, a perfect last-minute holiday gift for writers. For smaller gift ideas, the intimate six-day Paris writing workshop and literary tourism experience has created a Paris-inspired holiday books list with additional suggestions from stocking stuffers on up.

Finding Paris writing inspiration at the June 2016 Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris is a top last-minute holiday gift pick for writers (photo © mariakraynova).

If a trip to Paris is larger than a shopper’s budget allows, books about Ernest Hemingway and Paris also make excellent gifts.

Once a writer is fully stocked with such obvious offerings as pens and blank journals, finding the perfect holiday gift can be challenging. So the Left Bank Writers Retreat, a small-group six-day writing workshop and literary tourism experience held in Paris each June, has come up with some great last-minute gift ideas for the 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 by Dec. 31, 2015, 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.

“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.”

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.

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 http://www.leftbankwritersworkshop.com/register.

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 http://www.leftbankwriters.com.

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

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