A fascination with Ernest Hemingway's Paris of the 1920s has been on the upswing, 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 A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition 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 the Paris of Hemingway and his Lost Generation peers.
"The retreat is designed for writers of all levels," Worden says. "The workshop is not critiqued; it's an opportunity to experiment in a variety of styles. In the afternoons, we explore Paris's deep literary roots while experiencing the city's sights, restaurants and museums." Worden recommends five don't-miss experiences included in her six-day annual retreat for any Paris traveler interested in connecting with Hemingway's Paris of the '20s:
- Stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens where Hemingway and Gertrude Stein often walked
- Explore The Latin Quarter and famed Boulevard Saint-Germain for their Lost Generation hangouts
- Observe the Cezannes at the Musee D'Orsay and Picassos at the new Picasso museum (scheduled to open summer of 2013.)
- Sample the cafes of Paris frequenting haunts where Hemingway ate, drank and wrote, including Closerie des Lilas, Les Deux Magots, and Cafe de Flore
- Embark on a day-trip to Montmartre, once home to Vincent Van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pablo Picasso
The cost of the six-day Left Bank Writers Retreat is $1,999. Writers arrange their own lodging and transportation to Paris, and canreserve a spot in the retreat with a $500 deposit.