Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris Announces Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Writers

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Small-group writing workshop Left Bank Writers Retreat, held in Paris June 10-15, 2018, has released a “Top 10 Gifts” list for writers for the holidays. An ultimate gift for writers, the retreat itself is open for registration with a holiday discount on the six-day summer literary travel experience offered through Dec. 31, 2017.

Paris offers literary inspiration, including the ultimate writer’s gift of the Left Bank Writers Retreat with a holiday discount on registration through Dec. 31, 2017 (photo: Chekunov Alexandr).

“I’ve heard many stories at the retreat from attendees who received the experience as a gift,” says Worden.

Finding the right gift for that writer friend or family member can be challenging. But who better to suggest creative gift giving ideas for the holidays than other writers? With that in mind, Left Bank Writers Retreat, a small-group six-day writing workshop and literary tourism experience held in Paris each June, has released a Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Writers list with some fresh – and sure to please – suggestions to suit a variety of budgets.

“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 offered June 10 - 15, 2018, as the ultimate gift.” As a holiday gift-giving incentive, anyone signing up for this summer’s retreat by Dec. 31, 2017, will receive a $200 discount off the $1,999 tuition for a reduced price of $1,799.

The Paris travel opportunity explores the writing techniques and literary haunts of Hemingway and his “Lost Generation” cohorts. “Hemingway has always been inspirational to my writing and it was my curiosity about his writing life that first led me to create the program in Paris eight years ago,” Worden says.

Interest in Hemingway seems to grow each year, Worden notes, with a number of new books about the famous author released in 2017. One of those, Vol. 4 from the ongoing Hemingway Letters Project and featuring the author’s letters from 1929 – 1931, was just released in November and is on the Left Bank Writers Retreat’s Top 10 gift list. “Many of the letters in the comprehensive project, expected to reach 17 volumes, have never been published, so this is really exciting material for Hemingway lovers,” says Worden. Another Hemingway-related gift idea is a ceramic mug featuring his famous quote, “Write drunk, edit sober.” But if a writer has another favorite author, the Willow & Olive mugs can be personalized with a variety of quotes.

Other gift-giving ideas from the Left Bank Writers Retreat holiday guide range from classic “best” pen and notebook selections from as little as $5.95 to various other ideas for writers who like to travel with their work, as the Left Bank Writers Retreat does when it takes to inspiring Paris locales such as the Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens for morning workshop exercises. Additional writer-on-the-go suggestions include a French-inspired messenger bag from Timbuk2 and the new Apple iPad Pro. For keeping the home office comfortable, stay-at-home types might enjoy a custom-made leather desk pad, starting from $139, or a budget pick, a clever cardboard “converter” for $25 that allows sedentary types to try writing at a stand-up desk.

The full Top 10 writers’ gifts list with links for purchase can be found here.

Still, for that perfect writer’s gift, Worden has to stick with tuition to her Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris. “I’ve heard many stories at the retreat from attendees who received the experience as a gift,” says Worden. “It is definitely a gift that keeps on giving – writers leave newly energized in their writing, inspired by their experiences 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 a variety of classic, newly opened and off-the-beaten-track literary landmarks. Writers arrange their own lodging and transportation to Paris.

About the Left Bank Writers Retreat:
Darla Worden lives in Denver, Colo., and Paris. Worden is Editor in Chief of Mountain Living magazine and 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 eighth year, the Left Bank Writers Retreat takes place on the historic Île Saint-Louis in the heart of Paris. For additional information or to register for the retreat, visit http://www.leftbankwriters.com.

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