Paris Comes to Denver: Left Bank Writers Retreat Hosts Writing Salon in Denver

Colorado writers’ day out includes open-to-the-public play and poetry readings


The Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris will provide inspiration for a November writers’ salon in Denver, just as Paris’s outdoor cafes (photo © Mr. Mystery), left, have inspired Denver establishments like Paris on the Platte, right.

Denver, Colorado – September 16, 2013 – Timed to coordinate with the Denver Art Museum’s immersive arts experience “Passport to Paris,” the Left Bank Writers Retreat (LBWR), a summer writer’s workshop in Paris, France, is bringing its popular format to Denver for a program that includes a free new play and poetry readings for the public on November 2 at the Denver Woman’s Press Club, announced LBWR founder Darla Worden. While the weekend writers’ workshop in Denver is limited to Left Bank Writers Retreat alumni, Worden will include the public in the Paris salon-style experience on Saturday afternoon.

Events free and open to the public include a reading of the new play by Deb Caperton Ballard, “Garrulous Connections,”at 2p.m. on Saturday, November 2. At 5p.m., Sarah Suzor and Travis Cebula, instructors for the annual Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, will read from their upcoming book After the Fox (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming July 2014).The readings will take place at the Denver Woman’s Press Club, 1325 Logan Street in Denver. To reserve a seat at the play reading and/or poetry reading contact

“It’s exciting to bring a weekend version of the Left Bank Writers Retreat to Denver for our alumni during the Denver Art Museum’s ‘Passport to Paris’ exhibition,” says Worden. “We have structured the day similar to the format we use in Paris with a writing workshop in the morning for LBWR alumni and cultural activities in the afternoon. In this case we’ve decided to open the afternoon readings at the downtown Women’s Press Club to the public, and we hope they’ll take the opportunity to check out some of Denver’s many other French offerings,” adds Worden, who listed a few of her favorite French-inspired Denver eateries in an interview with Denver’s Washington Park Profile.

Left Bank Writers Retreat facilitator and host Darla Worden is a writer and public relations professional who lives in Denver and visits Paris each summer. Worden, recently interviewed in Insider Perks about her love of travel, has written widely for magazines and authored several books. She writes the popular blog Frenchophile and is currently working on a book about Hemingway’s Paris.

Now in its seventh year, the Left Bank Writers Retreat takes place each June on the historic Île Saint-Louis in the heart of Paris, following the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway. Writers from many genres – fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, poetry, and young adult – come to the City of Light for six days of writing, eating, drinking and exploring literary Paris. The Left Bank Writers Retreat is the only writers retreat with its very own sommelier. For additional information about the Denver events or the upcoming June 15-20,2014 Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, visit Left Bank Writers on Facebook or at

Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Public Relations,, 303.777.7667