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La Poterie Retreat & Workshop

The Week

The best of "retreat" & "workshop": rigorous group discussion of your manuscript, sessions on writing craft & publishing, ample daily solitude, one-on-one conferences, local excursions, and gourmet meals — all in an inspired setting.

We have scheduled our Summer 2024 retreats! Registration is now open. Proof of Covid vaccination will be required to register. 

Please join Amy Wallen, author of 
How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies: Sweet & Savory Secrets for Surviving the Writing Life;  the Los Angeles Times bestselling novel Moon Pies and Movie Stars, and the memoir When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir of Ghost Stories. for one of two creative writing workshops she'll be offering in May and June 2024. The first is from Friday, May 17 through Friday, May 24, 2024. A second workshop with Amy is scheduled for Friday, May 31 through June 7. Please be in touch for details. These retreats are custom-made for pie lovers! Pies will be baked, served and contemplated from literary and culinary angles. 

Please join Nicola Keegan, author of the best-selling novel, SWIMMING, published by Penguin Random House, and an experienced writing coach and workshop leader, for a week-long writing intensive from Friday, June 14 through Friday, June 21, 2024. 

The Location

Despite its proximity to the better-known Loire Valley, le Pays Vallée du Loir—two hours southwest of Paris by train in France's Sarthe region—is a well-kept secret.

2024 Rates

The workshop is $4800 per week, including all meals, wine and beverages, seven nights' lodging in a beautiful and comfortable room in the chateau, and local excursions. The fee does not include transportation, meals eaten out, or travel insurance, which we recommend purchasing.

Who We Are

Amy Wallen
Nicola Keegan
Nicola Keegan
April Eberhardt
Aimery de Moucheron
& Cynthia Cooke