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WritingWild in France

with Judyth Hill
Spring 2024. Please inquire about dates.


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Immerse yourself in the joie de vivre of southwestern France, exploring not only the magnificent city of Bordeaux but also its neighboring countryside full of tiny medieval towns, storybook castles, and immaculate vineyards. Step back in time as you wander through a prehistoric village, witnessing how life was lived thousands of years ago. Marvel at the limestone cliffs and a landscape that has remained unchanged throughout the centuries. Delve into the richness of French culture with its renowned gastronomic traditions and luxurious wine.

Our spectacular countryside accommodations will be at Chateau LaDausse, outside the village of Montflanquin. The 18th-century chateau was painstakingly renovated over the past decade by its current owners and our hosts Eric and Diane Antonissen. They are the perfect pair for our Eat-Write-Travel adventure being that Diane is a chef who worked in some of Paris's finest restaurants and Eric a sommelier with a degree in enology from the University of Bordeaux.

Notes from Judyth

Our innovative and inspiring WritingWild Adventure in France will galvanize the journey of developing your Voice, style, - and your long-term project - whether novel, memoir, cookbook, poetry or essay collection.

We’ll start with deep immersion into the invaluable and original process of WritingWild followed by glorious days of enlivening practices in lyrical journaling, poetry, travel and food writing, memoir, dialogue and description, character development, in our cherry-picked selection of gorgeous environs.

Vitalize and refresh your work and yourself, as journals and pens in hand, we meet over croissants and cappuccinos in the sweet morning air and embark on lively quests to finetune our seeing, listening, scent awareness, and sense of touch, so the exquisite, vivid textures of this world come into our writing.

You’ll leave with a thick bundle of fresh approaches, ready and invigorated to hop aboard the freight train of your literary longing, and ride successfully to your desired destination!

This will be a very small group – each writer will receive fully individual attention!


Day 1

Arrive in Bordeaux at theVilla Victor Louie,

a charming 18th-century mansion that combines the refinement of bygone days with modern comfort. Meet your fellow writers in the villa’s salon while sipping a glass of the region’s renowned wine. Dinner at a traditional French bistro.


We'll meet after breakfast to learn Judyth's WritingWild techniques. Then take them onto the street during our guided walking tour, which includes a moveable feast of Bordeaux, a fashionable city dripping with history and charm. Free afternoon to wander the ancient alleyways, stroll along the beautiful river promenade, or visit the world’s greatest wine museum ... with notebook in hand.


We’ll pack our bags and head into the countryside, stopping first at the famed wine town of Saint Emilion. Guided tour of its 12th-century monolithic church–a world heritage monument–before enjoying free time to lunch and meander through the picturesque streets. Indulge in the town’s many shops or partake in a wine tasting at one of the many wineries. Arrive to Chateau Ladausse where a gourmet multi-course meal awaits us.


Morning writing class with a break to enjoy market day in our neighboring village of Montflanquin. We’ll go with Diane to buy ingredients for our cooking class lunch. Meet with vendors and sample their products, then delve into the traditional French kitchen. Afternoon to write, enjoy the chateau, or schedule a mentoring session with Judyth. Light dinner at the chateau.


Morning writing class before heading out to explore the village of Montpazier and Chateau Biron, where we'll lunch among the medieval splendor. Afternoon mentoring sessions and group readings. Light dinner at chateau.


We’re off to the Perigord region and Chateau Milande to learn the amazing story of its former owner, singer and resistance fighter Josephine Baker. Nearby, we’ll marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Village de la Madeleine, one of the best troglodytic (prehistoric cave dweller) sites in the world. Fresh from the garden and forest lunch with Regis at his countryside retreat. Free afternoon in La Rocque-Gageac —take a boat ride on the Dordogne River, explore the cobbled streets dotted with ocher facades, or peak into the troglodyte fort.


After a morning class, we'll head to Issigeac, one of France’s designated most beautiful villages. Free time to lunch and roam the charming streets on your own. Afternoon readings and discussions. Multi-course fareweek dinner prepared by our own chef, Diane.


Depart for Agen train station after breakfast. From there, either return to Bordeaux or continue on to Paris.



$3400 per person, double occupancy
$800 single supplement

Extra night in Bordeaux:
$250, superior room

Our WritingWild in France retreat includes 2 nights at the luxury Villa Victor Louis in Bordeaux and 5 nights at the Chateau Ladausse outside of Montflanquin, all ground transportation after arriving to Villa Victor Louis and until drop-off at the Agen train station, group activities and meals specified in the itinerary including the cooking class, twelve hours class time, two hours private mentoring with Judyth plus one hour online.


Transportation to and from France is not included in the retreat price, but we'll be happy to help you with the arrangements.

We can accommodate a friend or spouse who would like to join the retreat but not attend the writing classes. The cost is $2800 with double occupancy.

Also please be aware that you have to be fully vaccinated in order to travel to France. Eat-Write-Travel retreats only accept fully vaccinated students as well.



A $1000 deposit is required to secure your place in our WritingWild in France retreat. The deadline for deposit and registration is January 22, 2022. The balance is due no later than 90 days prior to departure.

Since the number of participants is limited and accommodations vary, early registration is advised. Suites and larger rooms will be allocated on a first-to-register basis.

*Itinerary subject to change depending on local festivals and markets.