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Writing Retreat in Provence


Transformation in Story and Life!

What if you could whisk away to the South of France for a week of writing, exploration, and relaxation in excellent, creative company, guided and inspired by two beloved writing teachers and story makers…and change your life? Doesn’t that sound like a story in a delicious book? That’s because story is about transformation. During this real-life adventure, you will deepen the transformative powers of your story—and transform your relationship to your writing practice and your creative life…

Elizabeth Stark, a novelist (Shy Girl: FSG, Seal Press, finalist for the Ferro-Grumely and Lambda Literary Awards) and award-winning filmmaker (producer of Lost in the Middle: Best Feature at Broad Humor 2019 and a Festival Favorite at Cinema Diverse; co-director and co-writer of FtF: Female to Femme and Little Mutinies, distributed by Frameline), co-hosts the podcast Story Makers Show, and co-directs and teaches at Sonoma County Writers Camp and Book Writing World. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, and her work has appeared in The New York Times and The Rumpus.

​Nanou Matteson has produced four feature films and written, directed and produced multiple short films. Her films have won multiple awards at numerous festivals across the country and around the world. She has consulted on scripts for dozens of screenwriters and taught screenwriting in the States and in Europe. Teaching classes, consulting, producing, and mentoring individuals, she has been helping writers and filmmakers achieve their goals for more than thirty years, including works of fiction, screenplays, films, academic books, memoirs, newsletters, and more. Nanou believes that story is a blueprint for life and loves coaching people to express their story.



Saturday, June 22 – Saturday, June 29, 2024


Held at Le Foulon, a beautiful retreat center in Provence that will be all ours, including verdant grounds and heated pool. 

How much:

Tuition of $5500 for a single with private bath or  $4500 for double or $4500 for a small single with shared bath. This includes all meals, lodging, workshops, and coaching … Does not include travel.
POLICY: Deposit is refundable until March 22. After that, your deposit is non-refundable but can be applied to the following year's retreat
. The remainder of your tuition is due no less than 2 months before the retreat and is non-refundable after that time. However, if you cannot attend for any reason after enrolling but before the retreat begins, AND we are full and able to replace you, we will refund your deposit/ tuition minus a $175 administrative fee. 
To sign up or for more information contact 

Diana Densmore

"The retreat was the perfect mix of classes and questions that challenged me to delve deep into my characters and loads of free time to actually make progress and do that deep writing work. It exceeded my expectations." 

Lisa Taggart

"I had very high expectations  and I have to say that they were completely exceeded. Surrounding myself with such beauty and taking the time to think and talk about my writing, it felt like my creativity rose up. I told a better story than I thought I could. It was exhilarating."

Megan McDonald

This was a life-changing and life-affirming experience, in terms of writing, exploration, and support. The respectful combination of morning writing time, afternoon class, and evening leisure (or more writing) worked wonderfully for me. I was able to be productive, then receive a lesson, and finally apply it. And [the location was] simply gorgeous: Atmospheric. Relaxing. Inspiring. I never felt as if I were wanting for anything.
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