Monday, February 9, 2015

On Monday, February 09, 2015 by Vicki Lesage
Writing, gourmet meals, champagne… These are a few of our favorite things. And we’re putting them together for a unique retreat that will delight you!

Foodie & Writer's Retreat

The writing:
This isn’t a close-yourself-in-a-room-and-write experience, and it isn’t a conference with various speakers. At this retreat, there will be small hands-on workshops with VMP editors Adria and Vicki. Since we are limiting the group to a maximum of seven people, we will design our programming to suit the needs of the attendees. Possibilities include character development, pacing the action in your novel, how to choose the proper voice to name a few. And then there is the marketing aspect: We can teach you how to write the perfect author bio and book blurb, for example.

The food and champagne:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared by a personal chef, serving up our favorite seasonal French specialties according to your tastes/special diets. To accompany the meals, champagne and wine of course. After all, this retreat will take place in France’s Champagne region—right on the property of champagne producers.

Meals prepared by a personal chef

Put the elements together and what do we have? Your days will include workshops, private appointments with Adria or Vicki focusing on your individual projects, free time to write or wander, and delicious meals to inspire your taste buds.

Retreat at a vineyard in the Champagne region of France
Wednesday, May 13th to Sunday, May 17th

A guest house, located on a vineyard in Belval-sous-Châtillon, France

For lodging, food, drinks, writing workshops, private appointments with Vicki and Adria, tour in English or French of the family run vineyard:
1,650 euros for independent room in the guest house
1,400 euros for shared room in the guest house
10% off if booked before March 15

Extra options:
150 euros for pickup/dropoff at the train station in Reims
100 euros for a cooking class with our chef

Hurry—there are only 7 spots available at this exclusive retreat! For more information, or to book, email

Photo credit: eklarkins / Foter / CC BY