Hemingway's Paris - 5 Don't Miss Sights

Five Don’t-Miss Sights in Hemingway’s Paris

Left Banker Writers Retreat provides six days of walking in Hemingway’s footsteps

Hemingway's 5 - Monmarte

Hemingway's 5 - Hemingway's apartment

Left, a sign for Montmartre; right, former apartment of Ernest Hemingway in Paris. Both are literary sights of Left Bank Writers Retreat summer writers’ workshop (Photo credit: austenevan)

Denver, Colorado – January 30, 2013 – A fascination with Hemingway’s Paris of the 1920s has been on the upswing recently, says Darla Worden, founder of the Left Bank Writers Retreat, a small-group summer writer’s workshop in Paris, France, now in its fifth year. “We noticed a real increase in interest right after the release of Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris,’” says Worden, “and then the popularity of recent books like The Paris Wife and the Restored Edition of A Moveable Feast have kept the interest alive.” Worden’s Left Bank Writers Retreat, offered June 16 – 21, 2013, combines personalized writing instruction in a salon-style setting with an insider’s look at Paris.  Hosted by writer Darla Worden, the retreat provides morning writing workshops and afternoons touring Hemingway’s Paris.

“The retreat is designed for writers of all levels,” Worden says. “The workshop is not critiqued; it is an opportunity to experiment in a variety of writing styles.  Then in the afternoons, we explore Paris’s deep literary roots while also experiencing Paris’s sights, restaurants and museums.”  Worden recommends five don’t-miss experiences – included in her six-day annual writing retreat – for any Paris traveler trying to capture a firsthand sense of literary Paris in the ‘20s:

  • Stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens where Hemingway and Gertrude Stein often walked
  • Explore the nooks and crannies of The Latin Quarter and famed Boulevard Saint Germain
  • Observe the Cezannes at the Musee D’Orsay and the Picassos at the new Picasso museum (scheduled to open summer of 2013.)
  • Sample many cafes – frequenting the same cafes where Hemingway ate, drank and wrote, including Closerie de Lilas, Les Deux Magots, and Café de Flore
  • Embark on a day-trip to Montmartre, once home to Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Toulouse Lautrec, and Pablo Picasso

The cost of the six-day Left Bank Writers Retreat is $1,999 and includes morning writing sessions, coaching and one-on-one time with the instructor for a maximum of eight writers, as well as lunch each day, admission to museums and area sights, an excursion to Montmartre, a picnic on the banks of the Seine and a literary tour visiting many of the sites featured in the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris.

Now in its fifth year, the retreat takes place on the historic Île SaintLouis in the heart of Paris. Writers arrange their own lodging and transportation to Paris, and can reserve a spot in the retreat with a $500 deposit.

Left Bank Writers Retreat facilitator and host Darla Worden is an author, writer and public relations professional who lives in Jackson, Wyo., and Denver, Colo. She has written over 100 magazine articles about art, architecture, travel and the West. A bona fide Francophile who has spent time living and working in Paris, she teaches a writing course, “A Left Bank Literary Excursion,” in the Enrichment Program of Denver University and is the author of the popular blog Frenchophile. Her most recent book is The Rusty Parrot Cookbook (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2009). She has an MFA from Goucher College in Creative Nonfiction and is currently working on a book about Hemingway’s Paris. For more information on Worden and the Left Bank Writers Retreat, visit www.leftbankwriters.com.

Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335