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The Retreat & Workshop

La Poterie Writers' Retreat & Workshop is designed for fiction writers seeking:


  • an inspiring place, away from home, to work on a fiction project in-progress


  • a positive and communal environment in which to receive constructive feedback (maximum eight participants)


  • individual feedback and coaching from an experienced writer and teacher, and an experienced literary agent


  • time and space to allow your creativity to bloom


  • a memorable travel experience—wine, gastronomy, history—in France's Vallée du Loir, 2 hours southwest of Paris by train





Includes workshop fees, seven nights' lodging in private room, three gourmet meals per day, including wine, and local excursions. Transportation to/from La Poterie is not included.

Faculty Bios

JEN HUTCHISON is an author, blogger, and the publisher of Journeys to Words Publishing. She founded Journeys to Words in order to bring the work of mature writers to readers. Currently in the final stage of a Masters in Writing and Publishing, Jen has been writing almost full time for ten years, after a successful career in professional services and land management. An economist by training, she is a professional editor and takes part in writer’s conferences around the globe. Jen is an Australian based in Melbourne, a UNESCO city of Literature.


APRIL EBERHARDT, a self-described "literary change agent” and author advocate, is passionate about helping authors identify and tell their truest story. She works closely with authors to formulate, edit and polish their manuscripts before publication. Her true love is fiction, both novels and short stories. After 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, April saw strategic opportunity to play a role in the changing world of publishing. April advises and assists authors in choosing the best path to publication based on their personal goals and objectives. In addition to one-on-one consulting, she speaks at conferences worldwide, and advises startups serving indie authors. April divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris.