2019 summer workshopS

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July 21 - 26, 2019

Workshop Faculty


Nonfiction Instructor Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny, of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a nonfiction book forthcoming from Crown Publishing. Her work has appeared in GQ, the Wall Street Journal, Harper's, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Tin House Open Bar, Paris Review Daily, Travel & Leisure, Glimmer Train Stories,  The Southern Review, Lenny Letter, Playboy, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including a Hawthornden Castle Residency and the Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation. She is also a seven-time Moth Story Slam winner who has been featured on NPR.


Fiction Instructor Brandon Hobson is the author of, most recently, the novel Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and also longlisted for the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize. He has won a Pushcart Prize, and his work has appeared in The Believer, Conjunctions, The Paris Review Daily, Publisher's Weekly, NOON, Post Road, and in many other places. Hobson is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.

Lodging at the Hotel Belloy

Immerse yourself in both comfort and inspiration for 6 days, 5 nights at the Hotel Belloy. The 4-star hotel sits in the heart of literary Paris, near booksellers and publishing houses, and is a short walk from the Jardin du Luxembourg. Daily breakfast and free Wi-Fi included.

Class Size

Each fiction and nonfiction workshop will have no more than 8-10 participants each, led by the genre faculty instructor. Daily craft talks are open to all participants and led by program staff or faculty.

Application Deadline

UPDATE: Applications for Summer 2019 closed on March 15th and the fiction and nonfiction workshops are both now full. Be sure to apply for WWP 2020 in Fall 2019!


Sunday, July 21
2:00 PM: Hotel check-in begins.
Evening: Meet & greet cocktail hour.

Monday, July 22-Thursday, July 25
Full schedule of workshops and craft talks forthcoming.

Friday, July 26
Morning: Farewell breakfast.
12:00 PM: Check-out.

Evening Activities

Full schedule of optional evening activities forthcoming.


Tuition is $3,250.00 and includes the following:

  • Lodging at Hotel Belloy for 6 days, 5 nights

  • A welcome cocktail party with faculty

  • Daily included breakfast

  • 4-day writing workshops in small groups of no more than 9 writers, led by program faculty

  • Critical feedback on two writing submissions

  • Several craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars 

  • One-on-one conference with faculty

  • A literary walking tour of Paris and other informal evening activities.

  • One-year complimentary subscription to Carve


Questions? Check out the FAQ or contact us.

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