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Writer's Retreat
3 -10 Sep 2022

La Cure, Ferrier Larcon, France

We're excited to have secured a second stunning location in France for a retreat in September 2022!


Tutored by Jen Hutchison (writer, editor, publisher AUS) this group will able to examine and polish their writing skills to masterclass level in one-on-one, tutorials and group discussions in spectacular surroundings with, of course, great food and wine - and a pool!

We encourage writers of all ages and abilities to apply, (but not raw beginners please). Wherever you are on your writing journey, you will return home stronger, more confident and well-armed with techniques publishers expect to see in submission-ready manuscripts.

All Expressions of Interest will be considered.


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What's included:

Your fee of $6,250 includes your accommodation (seven nights) at La Cure, all meals (except any eaten out), your daily tuition, one-on-one consultation with Jen, feedback on your writing, Master Classes in six subject areas, and collection and return of you and your luggage from the local railway station.


At Your Own Expense:

Air Fares

Travel Insurance

Return train fare from Paris

Souvenirs or personal spending


Travel: 

Travel arrangements, travel insurance, and national entry and exit (both ends of the trip), and regulations within France, required ID and apps, vaccination-proof, 72-hour testing prior to travel (both ends), and any other Covid 19 special considerations are your responsibility.


The organisers of La Cure Writers Retreat can direct you to information sources but take no responsibility for these elements or their effect on your attendance.  If the retreat cannot proceed due to Covid restrictions, participants will be offered an alternative date, or refund (less $300 admin fee).         


Just For You: 

Please note that this is an intensive, week-long retreat focussed on your writing. No partners, no children. Thanks for understanding.


Payment: 

The retreat fee of $6,250 is payable in two halves, the first on acceptance of your application, the second 60 days prior to commencement of the retreat. 

Cancellations:

If you need to withdraw and do so prior to the second payment, your deposit will be refunded less an admin fee of $300.  Refunds will not be offered less than 60 days prior to departure. We will try to find a replacement from the waiting list, but this may not be possible. 


Accessibility:

Please note that La Cure is a two-storied farmhouse, beautifully restored, but with stairs. All writing activities, meals, and socialising take place on the ground level.  All bedrooms are on the first floors. 


Any questions?

We look forward to hearing from you and including you in this exciting writing adventure.  If you have any questions, please contact Jen.

 

A Typical Day on your Retreat

Up to six participants, over six days....

Your writer's retreat day starts with a group breakfast in the gorgeous dining room, windows open to the garden, blossoms visible and views across the lawn.


We gather for our first session in the Drawing Room, and work through the morning - Master Classes, discussion, writing exercises and more discussion. 


Lunch is either in the dining room or under the trees in the garden.  In the afternoon you will either be free to continue your writing, or you will be in a one-to-one session with Jen to discuss your particular needs and the status of your manuscript. Plus there's the pool or you can head out on a walk.


Drinks are in the garden at 6.00 pm and dinner is inside if it's cool, or under the trees when it's warm, which it mostly is in September.  Conversation over wine and beautiful food prepared by our hostess Amanda, and lively, literary discussions into the night, or not, as you choose— if the pool or your comfortable bed calls to you. 

 
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Meet Your Tutor

Jen Hutchison

Jen Hutchison is a professional editor, writer and publisher. She established Journeys to Words Publishing in 2018.


She enjoyed a corporate career before deciding, a decade back, to focus on her own writing and encouraging and teaching other mature-age writers and took herself back to university to do her Master of Writing and Publishing at RMIT.


Via masterclasses Jen teaches advanced creative practice and the polish and readiness expected by publishers in today's competitive market.


Jen has two books published with another two in development.


Jen loves swimming, walking Caminos, and skis in Japan every northern winter (pandemics allowing). 

 

Submit an EOI

To be considered for a place at one of our writers retreats, please complete this form.

Thanks for applying and we'll be in touch with you soon for further discussion.

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Testimonials


Dear Jen,

I’ve gained tremendously from your wisdom, critique and editing skills. Thank you for putting fresh energy into my fiction writing and novel, which I’d almost decided to give up on. But now, I’m determined to see all the way through. I’ve had a glorious few days of “thinking fiction” and I’m going back home metaphorically carrying a lot more than I came with. I look forward to reading your book on the flight. Have a safe fight, Jen and hope our paths cross again.

With affection and respect.

Jaya


Dearest Jen,

You have moved me many kilometers down my path, and your prompts, your insights and your willingness to see and to speak what is needed, is a tremendous gift.

Thank you.

Elise


To April and Jen, for sharing your professional experience and offering us such wise guidance. To Jean for all your help, but also to Elisa and Eileen, and Anne and Jaya and Carrie, for sharing your writing and offering thoughtful insights on mine. Your retreat had it all, dear April! Thank you for putting such a friendly group together and working out a well-balanced writing program with Jen, which included time and attention to each of us.


Thank you all for your encouragement to write and rewrite ... and to keep writing.

With gratitude and warm appreciation,

Kathy

If you are interested in joining one of our retreats - fill in the EOI form (above) or contact Jen with any questions.