Denver, Colo. (PRWEB) September 28, 2015
“On my used bookstore hunts, I’ve found a first edition of Beryl Markham’s ‘West with the Night,’ an 1894 copy of Charles Dickens’s ‘Cricket on the Hearth,’ and a 1963 galley of the Writers at Work series by the Paris Review that includes George Plimpton’s interview of Ernest Hemingway,” says Left Bank Writers Retreat founder and host Darla Worden.
Left Bank Writers Retreat recommends book lovers start by browsing the “bouquinistes,” the used-book stalls that line the Seine. Hemingway was fond of one particular stall near the Tour d’Argent where he knew he could pick up English books abandoned by tourists who didn’t want to lug them home in their suitcases, says Worden, who named her annual six-day writers’ workshop for the now-famous writers who lived on Paris’s Left Bank during the 1920s. Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James Joyce and F. Scott Fitzgerald are some of the expats who wrote in Paris, congregating in the city’s cafes and bars to share ideas. During the course of the June Left Bank Writers Retreat, participants experiment with many of the Left Bank writers’ techniques.
Beyond the iconic green bookstalls, Paris boasts numerous great used bookstores throughout the city. Three favorites from past Left Bank Writers Retreats that Worden recommends for discovering literary gold include:
Open to all levels of writers, the six-day Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris includes morning writing sessions, coaching and one-on-one time with the instructor for a maximum of eight writers, as well as lunch each day, admission to museums and area sights, a picnic on the banks of the Seine and a literary tour visiting many of the sites featured in the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris.” 2016 tuition for the retreat of $1,999 covers all expenses during the retreat each day (writers are responsible for their own airfare and lodging).
“The retreat allows writers to enjoy their time in Paris without worrying about a thing,” says Worden. “I take care of reservations, buying tickets and passes and coordinating our transportation through the city-the only thing writers need to do is show up. Everything is arranged for them.”
Media Contact: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Public Relations, darla(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 303.777.7667