Mont Blanc/Chamonix

The Mont Blanc Workshop is a two-week long manuscript workshop where writers will have the opportunity to work closely with two different nationally known writers in the stunning French Alps. Workshops are limited to 12 participants to ensure an intimate setting, plus plenty of time to write and explore. For information on how to apply, please click here.

When:  June 9-20, 2019 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:  $2,700 includes two, four-day workshops, scheduled readings, cocktail parties and dinners.  Please see schedule for details.

Lodging:  For students who are interested, we have a limited number of private rooms available at Chalets des Sapins. However, the housing options in Chamonix are limitless and booking an apartment or a room is easy. June is the best month in the Alps, but it’s also the low season so there is a wide range of properties from which to choose. Students who want to be housed at Chalet des Sapins, will stay in one of three chalets on the property with various bedroom/bathroom configurations. 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.  The total rates for the full stay are:

  • $1400 double bed with private bath (shower, sink, toilet)
  • $1200 double bed with semi-private bath (private shower and sink, shared toilet)
  • $1000 double bed with shared bathroom
  • $800 two twin beds with shared bathroom

Meals:  Other than scheduled events, you’ll be in charge of your own meals. All chalets and apartments will have kitchens, and hotels often offer deals. 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.  Please see our travel details for more information.

Format:  Part manuscript workshop, part residency and part adventure, the Mont Blanc workshop is broken into two, week-long sessions where writers will have the opportunity to work with both faculty members. Each writer will have two separate pieces critiqued – one in the first week session and one in the second week session (max of 10,000 words total).  Workshops are held for three hours Monday – Thursday afternoons from 4-7pm.  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 to 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. Please click here for a full schedule.

Faculty:  Our faculty are Robert Boswell and Pam Houston.