ENJOY a literary adventure in paris

The backdrop for the workshop is Paris, where we’ll visit the houses and cafes that the literary giants also frequented. We’ll read from famous women writers who write or wrote in Paris, including Anais Nin, Gertrude Stein, George Sand, Simone de Beauvoir, and Fred Vargas. Stimulate your senses and expand your intellect with the words of these remarkable women authors. Let Paris’s majestic and royal palaces and museums inspire the epic stories within you. 

Mornings will be spent exploring and discussing these women's body of work, including fun writing projects designed to show you the craft from the writer's viewpoint. During the afternoons, we will travel around Paris, visiting the places that famous women writers wrote at, lived at, and visited. Join us: Laugh. Create. Connect. Thrive!

Imagine...five days dedicated to immersing yourself in incredible literature and culture!  Celebrate amazing women authors, and discover new books to read.

Schedule of Activities

Monday:   Introduction to the Literary Salon

  • 9:00 - 10:00   Welcome & Creativity Sprints

  • 10:00 - 11:30   Literary Salon: History of Literary Salons and an Introduction to Paris's Amazing Female Authors

  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups

  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch

  • 2:00 - 5:00    Trip to Library to see collection of literary treasures

  • 5:00 - 6:00    Cocktails

  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Tuesday:   Compelling Characters & Transformational Arcs

  • 9:00 - 9:30   Creativity Sprints

  • 9:30 - 11:30   Literary Salon: How the Greats Crafted Their Iconic Characters and Identifying a Character's Transformational Arc

  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups

  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch

  • 2:00 - 6:00    Paris Literary Tour

  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Wednesday:  Story Structure in Literature

  • 9:00 - 9:30   Creativity Sprints

  • 9:30 - 11:30   Literary Salon: How the Greats Plotted

  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups

  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch

  • 2:00 - 6:00    Paris Crime Fiction Tour

  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Thursday:   Sensory Details and Unforgettable Scenes

  • 9:00 - 9:30   Creativity Sprints

  • 9:30 - 11:30   Literary Salon: How the Greats Included Vivid Details to Craft Unforgettable Passages

  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups

  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch

  • 2:00 - 6:00    Paris Literary Adventure

  • 6:00 - 9:00    Dinner & Play

Friday:   A Writer’s Life

  • 9:00 - 9:30   Creativity Sprints

  • 9:30 - 11:30   Literary Salon

  • 11:30 - 12:30   Guided Creativity Groups

  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch

  • 2:00 - 5:00    Optional Tour or Solo Exploration Time

  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)


Paris is the literary city par excellence. From rebellious Belle Epoque figures to lost generation artists escaping the stifling conformity of their worlds, all have immortalized Paris, endowing the city with the lustre and profundity it still possesses.  

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Dates & Locations

June 10 to June 14, 2019

Paris, France


 $1, 895 USD

Registration Fee includes literary instruction on all 5 days, including guest lectures; 1 immersive literary tour, including museum entrances; 5 breakfasts and lunches. Also includes one movie night with a light dinner. Dinner, lodging and travel are not included.

Reserve your seat today by paying in full or making a non-refundable $500 deposit on the registration page. The reminder of the balance will be due three months before the date of the workshop. Contact us with any questions.

Logistical Information: 

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at a villa in central Paris, in one of the most desirable and interesting neighborhoods. Address and directions will be provided following registration.


To find accommodation that fits your budget, we leave it up to you to decide where you want to stay.  You'll be spoiled for choice whether at a 4 or 5 star hotel, or you might want to invite some friends along and rent an Airbnb or Homeaway. You decide what works best for you! 


We will meet together as a group from 9am to 6pm daily, with breaks for literary tours and solo time. All groups dinners optional.


Paris weather in late June averages 23°C/73°F.  Dress is casual and comfortable for exploring the city in the afternoon.

Parisian Writers

"The true traveler is she who goes on foot, and even then, she sits down a lot of the time." -- Colette, Paris From My Window  

"We cannot tear a single page from our life, but we can throw the whole book into the fire." - George Sand

"I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love of truth - and truth rewarded me." - Simone de Beauvoir

"When one is pretending the entire body revolts." Anais Nin, Winter of Artifice

"Of course I think of the past and of Paris, what else is there to remember?" - Djuna Barnes

"Art for the sake of truth, for the sake of what is beautiful and good - that is the creed I seek." - George Sand

"Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it." - Simone de Beauvoir

“When I made the decision to attend the women’s writing retreat in Italy, I lacked confidence, was fearful and questioned my value as a woman and most as a writer. I was immediately drawn to Allison by her genuine warmth, sincere interest in the heart of women and her ability to draw out potential and creativity. She gave me tasks that helped me map out what was keeping my artistic side blocked and gently broke through the fear that kept me from writing. Allison possesses a vulnerability, strength of character and sense of humor that makes her a perfect facilitator. This solo journey and being coached by Allison has brought me tremendous growth, confidence and a sense of purpose that has changed me forever.” — Lori Ann d.

"I found Allison’s feedback so encouraging and uplifting and appreciated the tips to go deeper into the character, the history, the sensory impressions, and the emotions. She intuitively knows those vulnerable moments and is open for them. I liked that.”

— Sara H., Germany

"As a writing coach, Allison brings the ideal mix of practical guidance, cheerleader and coach! She helped me make sense of a complex story by providing a structure, created accountability to keep me going, and also provided great suggestions for getting around blocks. Her passion for writing, reading and publishing women’s stories is contagious and has set my brain on fire with ideas.”

— Jodi K., Oct, 2016 Women Writing Italy Retreat