When and where is our retreat Write In Paris?
Right in Paris, France! We’ll start promptly at 8:30am on Tuesday (9/11/2018) and close with our Celebration Dinner on Saturday night (9/15/2018).
Chartres: We will have our Bonus Day-Trip to Chartres, France, on Friday (9/14/2018).
How many spots are available?
Four writers will meet for an intimate retreat, so we recommend early registration. The retreat is capped at 4 writers, and will take place regardless of how many writers register, up to 4 writers total. So please register early to Write In Paris!
Who will facilitate Write In Paris?
Christine Moughamian, a French native, is the perfect guide to facilitate your writing experience. Christine has expertise in writing and/or editing manuscripts from Fiction to Non-Fiction, Children’s Books to Memoir and Poetry. As a writing coach, Christine will guide you safely in her signature style, dynamic, nurturing, and interactive.
Who should attend?
Writers of all levels in all genres should feel comfortable joining our intimate retreat Write In Paris.
Do I need to be an experienced writer?
You will benefit from participating in Write In Paris whether you are an aspiring writer penning your intimate thoughts, dreams, and aspirations in your journal, or you are an established writer or author with a specific project you’re working on.
What is the format of Write In Paris?
Each morning, we’ll explore a Paris neighborhood rich in literary history, and experiment with creative writing techniques. After our daily convivial lunch together, you will have the afternoon and some evenings free to discover the City of Light on your own.
Will there be free time to wander and write?
Our Write In Paris “related interest” suggestions will guide you to museums off the beaten path, luxuriant gardens, and unique sightseeing opportunities to explore on your own during your daily free time. Our hotel receptionists speak English and can help you with maps and directions.
How much walking will there be?
We will walk everyday for fifteen minutes at a time, strolling down the street from our centrally located accommodations to Notre Dame, the River Seine, a Farmers’ Market, or our literary jaunt of the day. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes to enjoy our Write In Paris daily itinerary.
Do I need to speak Français?
Write In Paris activities are held in English, which is spoken widely in Paris. French native Christine Moughamian facilitates our retreat. You will learn a few basic words to help you get by and perhaps even sound French! Christine’s humorous blog posts on our Write In Paris website will make you smile at some of the most characteristic idiosyncrasies of French language and culture.
What should I pack?
Pack light, casual, and in layers so you are prepared for sudden changes in weather. You will receive an email with Write In Paris Packing Tips to enhance your travel experience.
When should I fly in and out of Paris?
Book your US flight out to Paris on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Arriving in Paris on Monday, September 10, 2018. Bon Voyage!
Return: Leaving Paris on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Arriving in the US on the same day.
Make sure to leave the US East Coast on Sunday, September 9. Because of the 6-hour time difference, you will arrive in Paris the next day, Monday, September 10. Plan to arrive in Paris by mid-day or earlier on Monday (9/10) so you can get some rest.
Allow four hours minimum to schedule your flight out of Paris on Sunday, September 16, as you’ll need to arrive at the airport (CDG) three hours before departure, plus one hour to get there from the hotel. Our hotel guests can make reservations for a shuttle van with the front desk.
How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
Allow about an hour by train / Métro from the airport (CDG) to our centrally located hotel. We’ll send you detail instructions and options as we get ready to Write In Paris. Christine will arrange for us to Rendez-vous at the airport and guide us all to our hotel.
What is the currency in France?
The currency in France is the Euro. You can purchase ready-made quantities at AAA main office in the US, or any denominations from your bank (some require advance notice), or simply use a debit/credit card at a French ATM machine, at the airport or anywhere, which will automatically give you Euros. Some fees apply. (Visa or MasterCard preferred in France; some merchants do not accept American Express).
Please notify your bank that your will be traveling to France and give specific dates so you can use your card during your stay.
Will my phone work in France? Do I need to take my computer with me?
Your phone company is best equipped to answer your questions. Make sure to check with your carrier whether you need to purchase additional services from them in the US or whether you will need to buy a French SIM card once in France.
You will not need your computer to Write In Paris. Pen and paper will be provided for our writing activities.
Should you need access to the Internet, our hotel does have free WIFI. If you take your computer with you, please have it readily available at airport security. This will shorten your time in line. France operates on 220 voltage, so you’ll need to purchase an appropriate adapter kit before you leave (also available at AAA).
What’s included in my registration?
Your registration includes: Four days in Paris, Bonus Day-Trip to Chartres, Writing Activities (Pen & Paper provided), Breakfast (with accommodations), Complimentary Lunches, Hop On & Off River Cruise, Paris Illuminations Coach Tour, Paris Métro Tickets, Chartres Train Tickets, Celebration Dinner, and… La Surprise!
How do I secure my reservation?
Your reservation is secured with your $500-deposit on the REGISTER Page.