What is a typical day at La Poterie?
The day will start with breakfast—takeaway or with your co-participants in the dining room, your choice—then quiet/free time to write, read, or prepare for class. In the mornings we'll hold one class—writing craft or publishing—then you'll either be free until lunch, or scheduled to conference one-on-one with faculty.
We'll lunch together, then again have free time to write, wander, or prepare for workshop. In the afternoon we'll meet together in workshop format, to discuss each other's manuscripts in-depth, offering guided and constructive feedback. In the evenings we'll enjoy a relaxing cocktail hour (wine, of course!), then a gourmet dinner. All meals will be prepared lovingly by the talented Cynthia Cooke, owner/host of La Poterie.
One afternoon we will venture into the nearby village, perhaps visit a cave à vin for a tasting; one evening we'll dine out. A visit to the Sunday morning outdoor market nearby is also a possibility. In the evenings we'll have post-dinner drinks and quiet conversation, but you also might want to retire early and read or write, as you wish.
How much material can I submit for feedback and discussion?
Each participant will submit 15-20 double-spaced pages to April Eberhardt and Jen Hutchison one month prior to the retreat. This is the material you will receive feedback on from both the faculty in one-on-one conferences, and from your fellow participants in workshop. You may also submit an accompanying synopsis if the material is part of a larger work.
What will the accommodations be like?
Each participant will have a private room, furnished beautifully and comfortably, and each room will have a desk. Most have private bathrooms. We will hold our group sessions around the large table in the dining room, on comfortable couches in the living room, or outdoors, weather permitting.