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 only or the full two-week session.
When: June 6 - 12, 2021 (first week only) or June 6 - 18, 2021 (full two weeks) 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: $1,400 (for first week) or $2,700 (for full two weeks) includes the weekly four-day workshop, scheduled readings, cocktail parties and dinners.
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 3 people will share 2 bathrooms 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 7 - 19 for writers wishing to stay for the full two-week session. The rates are per week:
- $700 double bed with private bath (shower, sink, toilet)
- $600 double bed with semi-private bath (private shower and sink, shared toilet)
- $500 double or two twin beds bed with shared bathroom
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 part adventure, the Mont Blanc workshop is broken into two, week-long sessions so writers may stay for the first week only or the full two week session. Workshops are held weekly for three hours Monday – Thursday afternoons from 4-7pm. Each session will feature opportunities for generative writing exercises and manuscript critique by faculty member Pam Houston and the other workshop members. Manuscript for critique will be limited to 5000 per week. 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 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 ($1400), 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.