Writer in Paris Sample Schedule
Arrival evening: (Usually a Sunday)
Welcome Soiree with fellow attendees and partners or families (optional) . . .
Having arrived during the day, you have time to check-in to your hotel, take a brief walk along the Seine or sit in the gardens of Notre Dame, to refresh yourself after your flight, and when ready, come to our private flat late afternoon for greetings and lite evening snacks. . . .to get to know your fellow workshop attendees.
(Usually a Monday)
You'll rise to a French traditional breakfast of coffee and croissants and come to our flat/workshop venue. We'll get right to work . . .
Morning Part 1: Orientation to the city and our work, and a few
Warm-up exercises to gather your writing wits, identify areas we'll work on.
We'll enjoy a quick mid-morning stroll to orient to the area and to find nearby writing/reflecting venues of choice.
Late Morning Part 2: "Approaching the Wall" workshop for those attending as a struggling or blocked writer, where we'll explore the texture, threshold and energy of your worries and battles in a group-supporting series of exercises and guided free-writes.
If attending a Start/Finish your Project week, we'll offer Guidance discussions specific to your project, and give you time to work for those bringing projects.
Late "sandwich" lunch together at our workshop venue.
Scaling the Wall blocks coaching one-on-one sessions, or
Time to write and work on bones or journals and projects.
Late afternoon free (weather permitting) for sight-seeing or time to go to the few museums open late Mondays.
Dinner (pay your own way) with new friends where the conversation continues at nearby cafes along the merry sidewalks of our neighborhood near the great sights of the city.
Morning Part 1: Workshops: Deconstructing blocks, reconstructing voice. Identifying the censor and getting out of the closet.
Late Morning Part 2 Private coaching as needed or Editor feedback one-on-one sessions for projects. Lots of suggestions to work on this afternoon.
Late Lunch on own today, with time for work or earlier afternoon park and/or museum visiting. Take the Water Taxi down the Seine to the Musée D'Orsay to view Expressionist paintings and the cityscape from the roof. Wander back through the side-streets or take the water taxi back to the next stop for some park-side cafe-sitting -- or
Time for Private Coaching as requested before you take a soul-walk through Notre Dame or over to the Pantheon.
Optional Tea Time/Story time together at our venue with progress reports, revelations or 'sharing'.
Dinner on own with your new friends; perhaps a concert or quiet working time in your space or having quiet tea at our venue if tired.
Morning Part 1: Workshops and mini-exercises continue:
Today we explore Writing the Waves and any remaining Structural Struggles with Guidance specific to the participants. We make choices about our work, our beliefs about our talents and work, and work with self-identity all very gently.
Late Morning, Part 2: Time for feedback or exercises on aspects of story as needed by individuals if attempting a start or private sessions time while others work.
For some, Sightseeing to the Louvre or another favorite place you've always wanted to see. For others, private sessions on remaining issues or feedback on projects and specific struggles and guided work time. We're always available to your needs!
Day 4: Wrap Up sessions: Promises we make to ourselves as writers. Actions based on belief and nurturing our artist-selves.
Additional time for Feedbacks. Any remaining needs specific to writers that have come up.
Time to shop, walk, work, sight-see for some, guided, individual work for those who wish.
Story/Tea Time for those who wish to share work they've embarked upon with us.
Late farewell dinner together.
Day 5: Optional Here You Begin day-workshop (additional $85): To rejuvenate your soul and make specific plans to make your life and your work one. Or departure day, to travel other areas of France or Europe. The Chunnel to London? A train to Versailles? A further day at leisure in Paris now that you feel you own the city as the writer you are?