Creative Writing Holidays in the French Alps

Adventures In The Alps have revealed its latest bespoke holiday offering – a series of creative writing mini breaks, hosted by published writers. Professor Willy Maley, founder of the University of Glasgow’s pioneering Creative Writing Programme, will lead the retreats.  Joining him will be a collection of authors including Alan Bissett, Tishani Doshi, Tiffany Murray and Laura Marney.

The concept of these short breaks is to enjoy the natural beauty of the French Alps in summertime and use this as a stimulus for creative writing. Guests will receive one-to-one tutorials as well as small group and workshop sessions; to enhance their writing skills.  Attendees will receive an individual assessment of their writing style and will be given tailored feedback to help develop style and skill.  Other areas of the writing world will covered – from developing synopses through to approaching publishers.

Each day will encompass a couple of hours of leisurely hill walking, accompanied by a professional mountain guide.  The guide will provide guests with an interactive and entertaining narrative on the landscape, geology, points-of-interest, local history, fauna and flora.  Each walk will culminate in a gourmet lunch hosted in an extraordinary location.

One of the luncheon spots is a mountain refuge formally used by monks as a summer retreat – it overlooks the awesome snow-capped Mont Blanc.  Another spot is a traditional wooden tree house high up in the fir trees – where mountain shepherds used to shelter from wolves. Every day will provide something new to capture the budding writer’s imagination and provide inspiring scenery to get those creative juices flowing.

Pip Watkins, managing director of Adventures In The Alps said:  “Nothing is more inspiring than walking along a mountain path in the summer. Sunlight dances on the leaves throwing dappled shadows and the voice of the mountain’s streams literally calls you. Our guests frequently say how they feel their minds become freer.  We have combined a writing retreat with hill-walking – to create an uplifting luxury experience that will help budding authors reach new heights.”

Writer’s Retreats cost £675 per person.  This price includes; three night’s luxury accommodation in an alpine chalet, all meals, snacks, unlimited wine & soft drinks. It also provides guests with the use of the chalet’s spa facilities, a massage session, dietary advice, general fitness tips and return airport transfers.

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