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10th Left Bank Writers Retreat Begins in Paris

Unique literary travel experience and writing workshop finds inspiration in Hemingway

10th Left Bank Writers Retreat Begins in Paris

Writers in the 2017 Left Bank Writers Retreat enjoyed their first day exploring Paris, writing in Luxembourg Gardens and learning about Ernest Hemingway (shown in his Paris apartment circa 1924) and the city’s famous 1920s expat writers.

Denver, Colorado – June 12, 2017 – The Left Bank Writers Retreat has begun in Paris, with writers exploring the city through the history of Ernest Hemingway and his Lost Generation cohorts and finding writing inspiration in iconic Paris settings. This week’s retreat is the 10th edition of the popular small-group writing workshop and literary tourism experience since host Darla Worden founded it in 2010.

This year’s Left Bank Writers Retreat boasts writers from Colorado, Texas, Tennessee and Canada, ready to learn Hemingway tips and techniques in morning writing sessions, to share the Parisian café scene for lunch and to spend afternoons visiting important Hemingway haunts. Posts on the Left Bank Writers Retreat Facebook page during the six-day writers’ workshop offer the opportunity to live the Paris writing experience vicariously.

“This year’s retreat is special, since it’s the 10th one I have hosted in Paris,” says Worden. “I’m thrilled to explore my favorite city with these talented writers, taking them to Hemingway’s hangouts and other notable spots to inspire terrific writing and creativity. I hope that other travelers and writers will enjoy our daily Facebook posts as we share our experiences and inspirations.”

10th Left Bank Writers Retreat Begins in Paris

L to R: Left Bank Writers Retreat founder Darla Worden, center; writers find inspiration in Paris gardens; a Hemingway haunt.

Writers unable to make the Paris trip this year still have time to enjoy a firsthand experience of some of Hemingway’s favorite places while building their own literary oeuvres this summer. Worden also is offering a U.S. weekend retreat in her home state of Wyoming this August 11 – 13, 2017. Called “Hemingway’s Wyoming,” the U.S. writing workshop begins and ends in Sheridan, Wyoming, where Hemingway – who first visited Wyoming in 1928 – finished A Farewell to Arms.

Writers in the Hemingway’s Wyoming weekend will stay at the Spear-O-Wigwam dude ranch in the Bighorn Mountains where Hemingway fished and wrote, visiting the cabin where he stayed. The price for the three-day writing workshop and literary experience is $449 per person and includes transportation to and from Sheridan to Spear-O-Wigwam, accommodations in rustic cabins, all meals on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, canoes, morning writing exercises and workshops and evening readings. Online registration available here.

Left Bank Writers Retreat founder and writer Darla Worden lives in Denver, Colo., and Paris. Worden, who is editor in chief of Mountain Living magazine, has written widely for magazines and authored several books. She writes the popular blog Frenchophile and is currently working on a book about Hemingway’s Paris. Now in its seventh year, the Left Bank Writers Retreat takes place in June on the historic Île Saint-Louis in the heart of Paris. Visit for information and follow on Facebook.

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