2020 summer workshopS

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July 19 - 24, 2020

Workshop Faculty


Fiction Instructor Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS and the collection SAFE AS HOUSES and was the 2017 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow in Cork, Ireland. Her work has received The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Mississippi Review Story Prize, and has twice been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. She teaches at NYU, The New School, and Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and lives in Brooklyn, where she was the Associate Editor for One Story and Catapult. In Spring 2020 she will be the Distinguished Kittredge Visiting Writer at the University of Montana. Her third book, PARAKEET, is forthcoming from FSG in Spring 2020.


Nonfiction Instructor Chloe Caldwell is the author of the essay collections I’LL TELL YOU IN PERSON and LEGS GET LED ASTRAY, as well as the critically acclaimed novella, WOMEN. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, Vice, Salon, Longreads, Nylon, and half a dozen anthologies including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC and Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. Her essay "Hungry Ghost" was listed as Notable in Best American Non-required Reading 2016. She teaches creative nonfiction writing at Catapult in NYC and online, and hosts seasonal writing retreats which were recently mentioned in The New York Times. Chloe lives in Hudson, NY.


Poetry Instructor Sandra Lim is the author of THE WILDERNESS (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and a previous collection of poetry, LOVELIEST GROTESQUE (Kore Press, 2006). A 2015 Pushcart Prize winner, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Jentel Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Baffler, jubilat, Boston Review, VOLT, Literary Imagination, and The New York Times. Her poems and essays are featured in the anthologies The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses (Knopf, 2016) and The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice (Pleiades Press, 2017). Lim was born in Seoul, Korea, and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


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, nonfiction, and poetry workshop will have no more than 9 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

Applications for the Summer 2020 Workshops will be open from January 6th - February 10th, 2020!

Weekly Schedule

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Sunday, July 19, 2020
2:00PM: Hotel check-in begins.
5:00PM: Sunset meet & greet picnic in Luxembourg Gardens.

Monday, July 20-Thursday, July 23, 2020
Complimentary breakfast served in the Hotel Belloy.
Workshops and one-on-one instructor meetings.

Lunch Break & free time.
Optional afternoon seminar, led by faculty or staff.
Optional evening activity and dinner, led by Mike Franz.

Friday, July 24, 2020
9:00AM-10:30AM: Goodbye breakfast at the Hotel Belloy.
12:00PM: Final check-out.

Optional Evening Activities

Monday: Latin Quarter Walking Tour & Dinner
Tuesday: Night Bike Tour & Dinner in Tuileries Garden
Wednesday: Evening Boat Tour & Dinner
Thursday: Island Walk with Champagne & Farewell Dinner


Tuition is $3,250.00 and includes the following:

  • Lodging at Hotel Belloy for 6 days, 5 nights

  • A welcome cocktail and hors d’oeuvres picnic with faculty and staff

  • 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


Accepting Applications for the Summer 2020 Workshops from January 6th - February 10th, 2020.

Visit our Submittable page using the button below to view our guidelines and submit your application.

Questions? Check out the FAQ or contact us.

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