Writing By Writers (WxW) is a 501(c)3 non profit organization whose mission is to create a rigorous and compassionate environment to learn the art of reading and writing from accomplished authors. WxW hosts multi-day writing workshops for people interested in writing fiction, non-fiction, memoir and poetry. The workshops are taught by nationally-known, published authors, who are adept at teaching the craft of writing to all levels of student. In addition, participants learn how to read other’s work critically and apply those lessons to their own writing.
The Mont Blanc Workshop is a one or two-week long writing adventure where writers will have the opportunity to generate new work, receive manuscript critique, and hike in stunning French Alps. The workshops are limited to 12 participants to ensure an intimate setting, plus plenty of time to write and explore. Pam Houston will be the faculty member whether you choose the first week, second week or the full two-week session.
When: June 9 - 15, 2024 (first week manuscript workshop only), June 16 - 21, 2024 (residency only), or June 9 - 21, 2024 (full two weeks manuscript workshop + residency) in Chamonix in the French Alps. The workshops will be held at the Chalets des Sapins, 396 Rue du Lyret, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France.
Tuition: $1,500 (for first week), $1200 (for second week) or $2,700 (for full two weeks) Week one includes the four-day workshop, scheduled readings, cocktail parties and dinners. Week two includes writing prompts and a daily residency check-in with Pam Houston.
Lodging: Private rooms are available at Chalets des Sapins and we encourage writers to stay with us in one of three chalets on the property. The chalets have various bedroom/bathroom configurations but all chalets feature private bedrooms, full kitchens, access to laundry, free parking and free WIFI. For shared bathrooms, at most 2 people will share 1 bathroom per chalet. In order to create a creative space, student chalets are intended for writers only and not for families and guests (unless they too are registered workshop participants). Housing will be provided continuously from June 9 - 21 for writers wishing to stay for the full two-week session. The rates are per week:
- $900 double bed or two twins with private attached bath (shower, sink, toilet)
- $700 double bed with semi-private attached bath (ensuite shower and sink, hall toilet)
- $600 two twin beds with bathroom shared with one other person (private room)
Meals: Other than scheduled events, you’ll be in charge of your own meals. All on-site Chalet des Sapins chalets have kitchens. People here also tend to bond fairly quickly and participants in the program swiftly colonize assorted cafes and restaurants in the valley. In terms of costs, $20 a day will get you the best bread, cheese, and wine of your life. There’s an excellent farmer’s market, a cheese co-op, numerous bakeries, etc. If you want to go deluxe, there are plenty of high-end restaurants, including a few with Michelin stars.
Travel: Because people come from all around the world, we also let participants book their own air and rail. Geneva tends to be the best place to fly into, with easy 1 hour shuttles from the airport to Chamonix. Turin, Milan, and Lyon are also reasonably close and they’re ideal starting points if you want to fit extra travel into your plans.
Format: Part workshop, part residency and all adventure, the Mont Blanc workshop is broken into two, week-long sessions so writers may stay for the first week manuscript workshop only, the second week residency only, or the full two-week session. Sessions are held daily for three hours Monday – Thursday afternoons from 4-7pm.
Week one will feature opportunities for generative writing exercises and manuscript critique by Pam Houston and the other workshop members. Manuscripts for critique will be limited to 5000. Week two will offer writing prompts and a daily check-in with Pam Houston. The program leaves plenty of time for participants to write and hike. The Chamonix Valley is filled with cafes, rock-climber bars, and secluded alpine meadows where you can hide out and lose yourself in your work. It also offers world class hiking, easily accessed from various lifts throughout the valley so you can start your adventure on top of the world.
Faculty: Pam Houston
Fellowships: WxW offers a limited number of fellowships for one week of the Mont Blanc workshop. Fellowship are highly competitive. The WxW Board reviews each fellowship submission and awards are made on the merit of the writing sample alone. Please do not send letters of recommendation. Fellowships cover the cost of tuition for one week, but do not cover transportation or lodging. To apply for a fellowship, please check the “Fellowship Submission” box on the workshop application. The deadline for fellowship consideration is January 1st. We are always seeking funding for additional fellowships. If you would like to sponsor a fellowship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing By Writers is pleased to offer one and two week, residencies at the Wolf House in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Hemingway House in Ketchum, Idaho, a Sears Kit House in Big Bend, Casita de Catalina in Baja, The Gulf Coast, and Mountain Field Farm in Alaska. Residencies are open to fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, poets, playwrights and screenwriters. Lodging is provided free of charge, however residents are responsible for their own meals, transportation and personal needs while at the residency. Residencies are intended for writers only. No spouses, children or friends are allowed unless applying as a co-resident.
Winners will be selected by Pam Houston. Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, which won the 2019 Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Reading The West Advocacy Award and more recently, Air Mail: Letters of Politics Pandemics and Place coauthored with Amy Irvine. She is also the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness, Contents May Have Shifted, and four other books of fiction and nonfiction, all published by W.W. Norton. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level on a 120-acre homestead near the headwaters of the Rio Grande and teaches creative writing at UC Davis and at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is cofounder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers and fiction editor at the Environmental Arts Journal Terrain.org. She raises Icelandic Sheep and Irish Wolfhounds and is a fierce advocate for the Earth.
Applicants will be asked to provide a statement of intent, a short writing sample and submit a $50.00 tax deductible application fee. The application fee will help fund fellowships at future Writing By Writers workshops.
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