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Writing Workshops Paris 2022

Writing Workshops Paris 2022 brings together fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writers for an intensive four days of workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, and in-depth discussions on the craft and business of writing. Our program is inclusive, intentionally small, and takes place in the middle of Literary Paris, rich with history and inspiration.

Our workshops are open to writers who want to strengthen their voice, develop a greater understanding of craft, and forge a path to publication along the way. We take your writing seriously and place the highest importance on teaching the craft of writing so that students can produce meaningful and memorable work that has the opportunity to find a readership beyond the workshop. Our mission is to bring your writing out of the wilderness and into community, and for a week every summer we think there is no better place to do this than in the heart of Paris, France.

Note: All Writing Workshops Paris attendees are required to be fully  vaccinated against COVID. It is the responsibility of attendees of Writing Workshops  Paris to make sure they are vaccinated and have the appropriate  documentation required to enter the country of France.

Bienvenue! Applications for the Summer 2022 workshops are NOW open!

Workshop dates: July 17–22, 2022

Though our admissions process is competitive and the quality of writing high, all interested writers are encouraged to apply.

Workshop Faculty:

Fiction Instructor Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novels PARAKEET (NY Times Editors' Choice) and 2A.M. AT THE CAT'S PAJAMAS (NPR Best Books 2014), and the story collection SAFE AS HOUSES (Iowa Short Fiction Award). Her work has received The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, The Mississippi Review Story Prize, and The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, Ireland. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Tin House, Granta, Guernica, BOMB, and many others. She is the recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook Writers Colony, The Center For Fiction NYC, and Sewanee Writers Conference, where she was the Walter E. Dakin fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she worked as an editor for Catapult and One Story. She has taught at NYU, The New School, Institute for American Indian Arts, and University of Montana, where she was the Distinguished Kittredge Visiting Writer. Her alien opus novel BEAUTYLAND is forthcoming from FSG.

Nonfiction Instructor Chloe Caldwell is the author of the essay collections I’LL TELL YOU IN PERSON and LEGS GET LED ASTRAY, as well as the critically acclaimed novella, WOMEN. Her memoir, THE RED ZONE: A LOVE STORY, will publish on April 19th, 2022 from Soft Skull. Chloe’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Strategist, Buzzfeed, Longreads, Vice, Nylon,, Medium,The Rumpus, Catapult, Hobart, The Sun, Men’s Health, The Nervous Breakdown, and half a dozen anthologies including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC and Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. Her essay “Hungry Ghost” was listed as Notable in 2017 Best American Non Required Reading. Chloe lives in Hudson, NY.

Poetry Instructor Sandra Lim is the author of three collections of poetry: most recently, THE CURIOUS THING (W.W. Norton, 2021); THE WILDERNESS (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and LOVELIEST GROTESQUE (Kore Press, 2006). She has received two Pushcart Prizes, the Levis Reading Prize, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Poetry, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Baffler, NPR, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and also serves on the poetry faculty in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Sandra lives in Cambridge, MA.

Lodging at the Hôtel Trianon Rive Gauche

Immerse yourself in both comfort and inspiration for 6 days, 5 nights at the Hôtel Trianon Rive Gauche. The 4-star hotel sits in the heart of literary Paris, near booksellers and publishing houses, and is a short walk from the Jardin du Luxembourg. Free Wi-Fi included. 

Class Size

Each fiction, nonfiction, and poetry workshop will have no more than 9 participants each, led by the genre faculty instructor. Daily craft talks are open to all participants and led by program staff or faculty. Ahead of our arrival in Paris, each student will submit two manuscripts. One manuscript will be critiqued in the group workshop and include letters of critique from your peers and instructor; your second manuscript will be discussed in a one-on-one conference with your instructor in Paris.


Sunday, July 17, 2022

2:00PM: Hotel check-in begins.

5:00PM: Sunset meet & greet picnic in Luxembourg Gardens.

Monday, July 18-Thursday, July 21, 2022

Mornings: Workshops and one-on-one instructor meetings.

Afternoons/Evenings: Lunch Break & free time. Optional afternoon seminar, led by faculty or staff. Optional evening activity and dinner, led by Mike Franz.

Friday, July 22, 2022

9:00AM-10:30AM: Goodbye at the Hôtel Trianon Rive Gauche.

12:00PM: Final check-out.

Optional Evening Activities

Monday: Latin Quarter Walking Tour & Dinner

Tuesday: Night Bike Tour & Dinner in Tuileries Garden

Wednesday: Evening Boat Tour & Dinner

Thursday: Island Walk with Champagne & Farewell Dinner


Tuition is $3,250.00 and includes the following:

  • Lodging at Hôtel Trianon Rive Gauche for 6 days, 5 nights
  • A welcome cocktail and hors d’oeuvres picnic with faculty and staff
  • 4-day writing workshops in small groups of no more than 9 writers, led by program faculty
  • Critical feedback on two writing submissions
  • Several craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars
  • One-on-one conference with faculty
  • A literary walking tour of Paris and other informal evening activities

Paris Testimonials

"Do this if you are serious about writing." -Jeannette B.

"The workshop exceeded my expectations. The communication was excellent leading up to it, and Writing Workshops was on top of every detail. The nonfiction workshops was incredibly instructive and helpful, and I feel I learned a lot. The hotel was in a wonderful section of Paris, and the evening activities brought us closer as a group. The whole experience was life-changing (without sounding overly dramatic) and gratifying." -Ethan J.

"Hands down the best workshop feedback I’ve ever received. I felt so lucky to be a part of this workshop and really enjoy the friendships I forged." - Ben H.

"Writing Workshops Paris absolutely made my summer! Both the staff and the participants were lovely, and all of the workshops, seminars, and optional activities were well-planned and well-executed.It was the perfect Parisian vacation, but with a slew of great suggestions on how to improve my writing for publication, and the added take away of what I feel will be lifelong friends and professional connections. I cannot overstate how much fun I had, and I'm returning home inspired and eager to apply all of the feedback I received to my work". - Becky R.

"For me, as a yet-unpublished writer, it was a great introduction to the world of workshopping. I felt comfortable sharing my stories with this helpful, diverse and dedicated group. And even though I'm daunted by the amount of work I have ahead of me, I'm inspired to start combining my stories into a memoir--something I hadn't considered before." -Sue P.

"Immersion into the artistic Parisian culture with a small community of like-minded aspiring writers was nothing short of inspirational. How wonderful it was to escape the ordinary, explore the extraordinary, and revel in the craft of writing --for the sheer joy of it--in the heart of beautiful Paris." -Estee C.

"This workshop exceeded my expectations. The classroom critiques and instructor one-on-ones were extremely helpful, the people were wonderful, and the atmosphere was inviting. It was an experience I'm so glad I didn't miss." - Carissa C.

"WWP was the first workshop I attended. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on my book-in-progress from both Diana and my new writing community! Merci, merci." -Christina K.

"Writing Workshops Paris was my first professional workshop,and it won't be my last! Aside from the magic of being in Paris, which cannot be understated, the amazing people I met were the best part of the week. I left with unexpected friendships that I will have for life,and a fresh motivation to finish my novel. My approach to my writing has been invigorated and my motivation renewed, and I feel connected to this amazing community of writers in a way I never expected. What an amazing week of inspiration and history, great writing and incredible people. Thank you so much for a life-changing week!" -Kerrin S.

Program Staff

Executive Director Blake Kimzey worked as a bicycle tour guide in Paris in his 20s. He is the founder of and has an MFA from UC Irvine. Blake sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and his fiction has been broadcast on NPR and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, Longform, Redivider, Short Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Hobart, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, and The Best Small Fictions. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, was published by Black Lawrence Press.

Operations Director Mike Franz was General Manager and Tour Guide at Fat Tire Bike Tours, Paris, for seven years. His tours were featured on Rick Steves-Paris, The Independent-UK, and the television show 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Mike taught government, economics, and public speaking for ten years at Headwaters High School in Austin, Texas, where he won teacher-of-the-year award after his first year of teaching.

Application & General FAQ

What is the application deadline?

Applications for our July 2022 Paris Workshops ARE NOW OPEN. Early applications are encouraged.

What is your COVID policy?

All Writing Workshops Paris attendees are required to be fully vaccinated. It is the responsibility of attendees of Writing Workshops Paris to make sure they are vaccinated and have the appropriate documentation required to enter the country of France.

If the country of France forbids entry to their country, or if Hôtel Trianon Rive Gauche closes, for the dates of July 17–22, 2022, Writing Workshops will offer a full refund for program fees. Writing Workshops will not reimburse for any airline tickets or additional trip-related expenses incurred. If the Paris writing workshop takes place on the dates planned, no program fees will be reimbursed, regardless of attendance.

What will my application include? 

  • Brief bio informing us of your involvement in the writing and literary community, as well as any prior or forthcoming publications (500 words max).
  • Purpose statement explaining why you would like to participate in Writing Workshops Paris. You can also discuss current manuscripts or writing projects that you might choose to workshop. (500 words max.)
  • Writing sample excerpt in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. This does not have to be published work, though that is acceptable, nor does it have to be a piece you plan to workshop. Complete works under the word count are not required;excerpts are acceptable. (Fiction/nonfiction: 2500 words max. Poetry: 3-5 poems of no more than 5 pages max.).
  • Applications for our July 2022 Paris Workshops ARE NOW OPEN and will close on March 1st, 2022. Early applications are encouraged. Click here to apply now.

When will I know if I've been accepted to the workshop?

We cap our workshop participation at 9 writers in each genre cohort (fiction, nonfiction, & poetry) for the week. Our goal is to provide an intimate, rigorous workshop environment so that participants can come to Paris and find meaningful connections and excellent feedback on their work. We will accept applicants on a rolling basis until each cohort is full and then begin waitlists. Due to the volume of applications and competitive acceptance, writers are encouraged to apply early. We employ a reading committee of professional writers and editors, and applicants will be notified after the application window closes.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is $3,250.00. If your application is accepted, full tuition is due within ten days. Upon acceptance, you will have the option to pay your tuition in full or opt for a payment plan by selecting Affirm at checkout. There will be no refunds after tuition is paid. We have this refund policy because the balance of our French hotel deposit and all group expenses are due the first week of April and are nonrefundable.

What does tuition include? 

  • Lodging at Hôtel Trianon Rive Gauche for 6 days, 5 nights
  • A welcome cocktail party with faculty
  • 4-day writing workshops in small groups of no more than 9, led by program faculty
  • Critical feedback on two writing submissions
  • Daily craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars 
  • One-on-one conference with faculty
  • A literary walking tour of Paris and other informal evening activities.

Are Payment Plans Available?

Yes. Accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) at checkout.

Are Scholarships Available?

Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to offer scholarships for this workshop. However, we do have payment plans available. 

Where is the hotel and workshop venue?

Immerse yourself in both comfort and inspiration for 6 days, 5 nights at the Hôtel Trianon Rive Gauche.The 4-star hotel sits in the heart of literary Paris, near booksellers and publishing houses, and is a short walk from the Jardin du Luxembourg. Free Wi-Fi included.

How late can I apply? 

We will accept applications through March 1st, 2022.

What will you do with my email?

We respect your privacy. We won't sell or rent your email to other organizations.

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