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Smart Deals: Travel Writing Workshop in an 18th Century French Chateau

Château des Sablons

The Deal:  So you’ve dreamed of writing and publishing your own version of Under the Tuscan Sun or A Year in Provence? Then consider the Every Life Is A Moveable Feast travel writing workshop to be held this spring at the Château des Sablons in France’s historic and picturesque Loire Valley.

What’s the Deal: This four-day writing workshop will be led by Margo Hammond, former book editor of the St. Petersburg Times, former columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, founder of the Creative Late Bloomer blog, and memoir writing teacher at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Hammond has had extensive experience in both travel writing and teaching the art of the travel memoir. Her longtime career as a book editor and book reviewer has given her a unique insider’s perspective on how to get published.

Details: Every Life Is A Moveable Feast workshop

May 3rd to 6th, 2012

Three hands-on morning writing sessions

Professional critiques

Publishing advice

Welcome drinks

Three nights accommodation

Three breakfasts in the château’s Orangerie

Saturday night group dinner

Lunch on Friday, and a farewell luncheon on Sunday

Commemorative book featuring participants’ writing

Excursions to regional wineries, Loire Valley châteaux, and the nearby studio of French author Honore de Balzac may also be arranged.

Cost: 950 Euros (approximately $1250) per person. The cost for a guest who isn’t taking the seminar but wants to share a room with a seminar participant is 650 Euros (about $855). The non-participating guest can join all the group meals.

NB: The Château des Sablons is located on the edge of Bourgueil, a medieval market town near some of the greatest castles that the Loire Valley has to offer.

Contact: Every Life Is A Moveable Feast




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