The French Connection: Fast Flash Meets the Flash Novel (August 31st – September 6th, 2021)


After two years living in Paris, Vincent Van Gogh famously traveled from the gray city to southern France, having heard that the light and colours there were nothing like he had ever experienced. He wrote, “It’s my plan to go to the south for a while, as soon as I can, where there’s even more colour and even more sun.”

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Together we will travel to the same bucolic land of light, to the farmlands, vineyards, and sunflower fields of Yviers, France (near Bordeaux) for a 6-day flash fiction workshop and retreat in the heart of the French countryside. We’ll stay in a lovingly converted stone barn on what used to be a cognac-making estate, surrounded by open spaces and fields of maize and sunflowers. We’ll eat fresh French meals (and maybe a bottle of cognac!) prepared by the owners, who happen to be award-winning restaurateurs.

Join us August 31st – September 6th for a one of a kind writing retreat in the French countryside where for the first time we combine two popular online workshops: This “live” version of Kathy’s Fast Flash class dives even deeper into the nuances of the flash fiction story itself and Nancy’s Flash Novel class takes a wide-angle view of creating a larger book project. These generative sessions complement and build upon each other in a way that will take your writing to the next level.

You will also get 50 mins. of one-on-one time to talk about your work, talk about publishing, get some revision advice on a piece or pieces: whatever is the most useful for you. We have also built in plenty of down time to unplug, listen to nature, sleep and eat extra, and commune deeply with your work. Take a swim in the saltwater pool, walk into the nearby village or write under the peaceful shade of the lime tree.

Give yourself the gift of:

  • 15 hours of facilitated instruction / generative sessions
  • Daily free write sessions
  • 50 minutes of one-on-one consultations (25 min. each) with Nancy & Kathy
  • Three chef-prepared, locally sourced meals each day
  • Plenty of down time for writing, restoration, rest, swimming, walking, stargazing
  • A Salon Night reading & celebration on our final night together

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