Welcome to the Nantes Writers’ Workshop, a week-long immersive workshop for writers with a focus on craft held from June 26 to June 30, 2023 in Nantes, France. Apply here now.

MORNINGS

generative writing sessions in the city led by Emily Monaco

7+ hours

AFTERNOONS

craft and feedback workshops led by Anna Polonyi

12+ hours

EVENINGS

apéro discussions on the life and business of writing 

3+ hours

THE WORKSHOP

The Nantes Writers’ Workshop is an intimate, immersive workshop for fiction and non-fiction writers at all stages of their creative endeavors. Whether you’re looking to set aside more time to draft new work, get perspective on a finished piece, or build a writing community, we’re excited to welcome you.

The workshop will be held in person from June 26 to 30, 2023 in the city of Nantes, in western France.

We’ll hold generative writing activities in the mornings and feedback-based sessions in the afternoons. Evening programming will include discussions on the writing life, like how to maintain a writing practice, handle revisions and submit your work to magazines and presses. We’ll cap off our week with a reading and goodbye dinner.

YOUR GUIDES

Anna Polonyi is a writer who loves unexpected stories and overlooked chapters of history. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a B.A. in history and literature from Harvard. She has taught creative writing with the University of Iowa, Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, WICE in Paris, Audencia Business School and other venues. Anna is represented by Caroline Eisenmann at Frances Goldin Literary.

Emily Monaco wears two writing hats: one fiction, the other not. A professional journalist, she has written about food, travel, culture, and more for publications including the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, and Atlas Obscura. Her passion lies in debunking myths and legends linked to French food – particularly French cheese. She is also currently at work on her first novel, and is represented by Heather Jackson of the Heather Jackson Literary Agency. She holds a B.A. in Global Communications from the American University in Paris and a Master’s in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne.

“Anna and Emily were keen editors of my novel. Without their insight and encouragement, it would not have been published.”

— Janet Skeslien Charles, author of NYT Bestseller The Paris Library

COST

The cost of tuition is 450 EUROS. This includes:

It does not include:

We will be happy to point you in the right direction for housing and meal needs!

NANTES, FRANCE

The Nantes Writers’ Workshop takes place in Nantes, a beautiful, historic port city in western France. Nantes is easily accessible from Paris by train.

Nantes is known for its rich and varied history. The château of the Dukes of Brittany towers over the town center, and the medieval Bouffay neighborhood is known for its historic architecture. Dotted with parks, gardens, and a host of museums, Nantes is ripe for discovery. Nantes is also a literary town par excellence. The childhood home of Jules Verne, Nantes has inspired no shortage of writers both French and foreign.

Over the course of your workshop, we will embark on a discovery of this city to inspire generative writing exercises. Write-ins and workshops will be taking place in downtown Nantes.

TESTIMONIALS

“[The workshop] helped me get more comfortable with honest feedback and the personal vulnerability that comes with it.” 

“Anna is an inspiring instructor, very well organized, kind and helpful beyond the call of duty. I especially appreciated the marginal notes in my manuscript.”

“I’ve taken a couple of creative writing courses in the past 4 or 5 years and have never seen so much individual interest and attention, along with concern for group feedback plus tips and techniques on the part of the instructor.”