Destination
Chateau Les Carrasses
First Day
04/19/2017
Last Day
04/26/2017
Price
$2950
Description

Built in 1886 on the foundations of a rest stop on the pilgrim Route de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, Les Carrasses resonates with history. Around two main courtyards, linked by a central avenue are the buildings traditionally found on an important wine domain: the château, the winery and cellars, the blacksmith’s house, stables, forge and granary and the estate cottages, all of which have been transformed into a truly special holiday estate.  Beyond these exceptional suites, apartments, houses and villas, you’ll find a great range of facilities.

What's Included
  • Shared room either in the chateau or one of the luxury villas (private room upgrades are available!)
  • All meals, excluding one on-your-own lunch
  • All retreat events, including pitch sessions, one-on-one sessions, all workshops, and write ins
  • Transportation into the village as specified in the itinerary
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Write in France in historic Chateau Les Carrasses

Speakers

Margie Lawson

Psychotherapist, Editor, and International Presenter

Margie teaches writers how to use her psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques to create page turners. Margie has presented over eighty full day master classes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Writers who have studied her material credit her innovative deep editing approaches with taking their writing several levels higher—to publication, awards, and bestseller lists.

Topics

The EDITS System: The Ultimate Fix-Your-Scene Power Tool

The EDITS System is a tool created for writers to analyze scene components. It’s the ultimate fix-your-scene power tool. It shows writers what’s working, what’s not working, what’s missing. Writers learn how to take a scene from the POV character’s head, to the reader’s heart.

When writers use this five highlighter system, patterns emerge for each scene. The EDITS System helps writers find a compelling balance of emotion, dialogue, internalizations, tension, conflict, setting, description, action, senses, body language, dialogue cues, and more, that works for their specific scene. The read is enhanced, and the writer’s voice remains intact. Using the EDITS System can contribute to making your book a page-turner.
If you are so right-brained the thought of using highlighters, and a system, gives you hives, trust me. Learn the EDITS System. Lock it in your brain. You’ll have an overlay of the colors in your mind and edit to the system while you write. Save the highlighters and red pen for those don’t-know-why-it’s-not-working scenes. Grab the highlighters, you’ll see why it’s not working, and you’ll know what to do to make it strong.

Workshop participants are requested to bring five highlighters (Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink, and Orange), a red pen, and five chapters of their WIP—double-spaced, printed on one side, in a binder.

Writing Fresh Body Language and Dialogue Cues

Learn how to add psychological power to body language and dialogue cues by writing fresh, amplifying, creating hyphenated-run-ons, and using the body language or dialogue cue as a stimulus and including the response.We’ll cover lips, mouth, eyes, full face, flicker-face emotion, and deception flags, as well as Margie’s six categories of dialogue cues (not just dialogue tags) that cue the reader how to interpret the subtext of the dialogue.

Top 20 Rhetorical Devices for Fiction Writers

Learn 20 rhetorical devices—why, how, and when to use them to add the most power to your scenes. Learn how to strengthen your writing with rhetorical device combos. Learn which rhetorical devices compress time and expand time. Learn how to use some rhetorical devices to slip multiple hits of backstory into one eloquent sentence. Learn which rhetorical devices are frequently used by some NYT bestselling authors to empower their openings and turning points.

Not Your Mama’s Character Descriptions

Not Your Mama’s Character Descriptions teaches writers how to avoid the predictable, how to use deep editing tools, and the unexpected, to make their character descriptions fresh. Margie’s Top 10 Tips for Writing Fresh Character Descriptions includes contrasting what was anticipated with what presents, making your character descriptions themed, using description to show the POV character’s attitude toward a non-POV character, and more! Learn how to be strategic. Craft your descriptions to deepen character and carry more psychological power. Examples of make-you-envious character descriptions will be analyzed.

*Immersion Master Glass Grads may opt to hone their deep editing skills, make their WIP stronger. Margie will work with groups. Think one room schoolhouse.

Liz Pelletier

Entangled Publishing, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher

Coming out of the dot com era, serial entrepreneur Liz Pelletier has more than thirty years of experience in software engineering, systems analysis, and business management. In 2011, Liz channeled her love of romantic fiction and co-founded Entangled Publishing. Her mission statement was simple: offer authors the highest royalties in the industry, combined with an agile publishing program, intense focus on quality, and market-driven analysis, in an effort to bridge the gap between traditional and self-publishing opportunities. Over the past five years, Entangled has gone from a small start-up to a powerhouse romance publisher, with more than 1300 titles released to date. Liz lives in Colorado, is launching her twins into college this year, and has an unwavering love of Game of Thrones.

Topics

Louise Fury

Agent, THE BENT AGENCY, NYC

Louise Fury is a literary agent at The Bent Agency in NYC. She has sold books to both traditional and electronic publishers and also represents many successful self-published authors. Louise encourages authors to have one foot in traditional publishing and the other in the digital-first arena and believes in staying ahead of the pack by embracing change, not just adapting to it. Louise is a huge advocate for exploring secondary rights and has sold audio, film and foreign rights for her traditional and self published clients. A native South African, Louise lives in Manhattan, but travels to Cape Town every year, where she spends time educating South African writers, meeting with international publishers and distributing books for women and children in need.

Twitter: @louisefury

Topics

Shelley Adina

Rita-Award Winner and Amazon Bestselling Author

RITA Award® winning author and Christy finalist Shelley Adina wrote her first novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages.Shelley is a world traveler who loves to imagine what might have been. Between books, Shelley loves playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.  Her Magnificent Devices series has recently become an Amazon bestseller.

Topics

Time Management for Authors

An author’s life can include home, family, day job … and running a writing business. Shelley Adina shares time management strategies that work, whether it’s blocking out a schedule or stealing minutes while waiting in the car.

Strategies for Indie Success

The average indie author is said to make only $250 annually. So how do we explain the number of successful indies quitting the day job to write full time? Shelley Adina shares a number of strategies these authors use, so you can choose which ones fit you best.

The Heroine’s Journey

Ever looked at the twelve stages of the hero’s journey and found it didn’t make sense for your book? That’s because the heroine’s journey, often reflected in women’s fiction and YA, is different. Shelley Adina shows you the nine stages and how this plotting tool can resonate with you—and your readers.

Camille Mofidi

European Manager of Kobo Writing Life

Graduate of the master's degree in Publishing Management of the ESCP Europe in partnership with Asfored, Camille Mofidi worked as a publisher within various publishing houses. After spending five years working within the Hachette group, Camille moved to the French Publisher’s Association (SNE), where one of her jobs entailed following e-book and digital publishing. Since, she joined Kobo as a European Manager of the self-publishing digital platform Kobo Writing Life. Her role consists in accompanying the authors and the publishers in their digital strategy, thanks to a publication tool easy to use and open to all.Kobo Writing Life

Topics

Introduction to Kobo Writing Life:

What is Kobo Writing Life and how to promote your books thought our system? Camille Mofidi will share her own experience in digital and provide tips and advice to take advantage of Kobo Writing Life platform.

Self-publishing and translation (discussion panel with Athina Papa) :

How to become a self-publisher? How to reach more readers worldwide? What are the specificities of the European market? (genre, cover, pricing, etc.)

Athina Papa

President and Translator, Literary Translations

Athina Papa has been a professional wordsmith all her life. She was born and grew up in the United States and was educated in Europe,  she earned her degree in foreign languages and literature with a disseration on New York Puerto Rican Street Theater. She has been an interpreter for international organizations and a translator for over 20 years. She has interpreted in over 950 conferences and has translated over 80 books and articles, and hundreds of pages of technical text. She has taught interpretation, translation and effective communication at several Italian Universities and institutions.

In 2012 she founded Language+Literary Translations, a translators’ co-op: www.literarytranslations.us  for the translation of novels and has overseen the translation of books by Bella Andre, Barbara Freethy, Claudia Alexander, Nancy Warren, Debra Hollande, C.J. Lyons, Julie Kenner, Lisa Marie Rice, Donna Grant and more.

She is a member of AIIC (The International Association of Conference Interpreters), the New York Circle of Translators, ATA (American Translators Association), a partner member of ALLI (The Alliance of Independent Authors) and associate member of RWA (Romance Writers of America).

Topics

How to Find a Good Translator and What to do When You’ve Found One

You are looking for a top-flight translator for your book or books. How do you go about it?
You research. Do due diligence. BUT HOW?   — >  We’ll talk about this.

Literary translators do their research, develop new voices, have the rhythms of dialogue and pacing in their head, they edit, proof-read and do a lot things writers also do.  Translation is the re-creation of an author’s text in another language and this endeavor requires a partnership between the translator and the author. We will explore how this happens step by step.

Translations and Foreign Markets – Panel

YOU HAVE HAD YOUR BOOK TRANSLATED – NOW WHAT?  Translations are your face to foreign readers, and translators are your voice. We’ll talk about how you can reach out to your foreign readership with the support of your “voice” as you branch out into foreign markets.

Michele Zugnoni

Writing Instructor

Michele Zugnoni is a writing instructor at UC Davis, recently ranked by US News and World Report as one of the nation's top ten public universities. As a writing instructor, Michele uses self-reflection as a tool for challenging her students and encouraging them to learn more about themselves through writing. Michele is currently in the final stages of her dissertation, which involves using self-reflective writing as a means of discovering one's thoughts, dreams and goals. Michele holds both a J.D. and an M.A. in English, and will earn her PhD in December 2017.

Topics

Self-Reflection for the Working Writer
Michele will guide writers through a grounding meditation, followed by a look at how writers can use self-reflective writing to beat writer’s block and connect more deeply with characters and storylines.

Itinerary

Wednesday, 04/19/2017

Time
Activity
Location
4:00PM - 4:00PM
Arrive at Chateau Les Carrasses
Quarante, France
5:30PM - 6:30PM
Cocktails and Registration
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Seated Dinner
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie

Thursday, 04/20/2017

Time
Activity
Location
6:00AM - 7:00AM
Morning Brainstorming Walk
Chateau Les Carrasses estate
7:30AM - 9:00AM
Breakfast / Morning Bird Write In
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Buffet Breakfast
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Welcome! First Pages Reading
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
10:00AM - 10:30AM
Self-Reflection for the Working Writer
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Small Group Writing Sprints
Villas TBD
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Group Lunch
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
1:30PM - 6:00PM
Afternoon Workshop with Margie Lawson
Conference Room
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Seated Dinner
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00PM - 10:00PM
Night Owl Write In
Villa TBD

Friday, 04/21/2017

Time
Activity
Location
6:00AM - 7:00AM
Morning Brainstorming Walk
Chateau Les Carrasses estate
7:30AM - 9:00AM
Breakfast / Morning Bird Write In
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Buffet Breakfast
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Morning Workshop with Margie Lawson
Conference Room
12:00PM - 2:00PM
Lunch Workshop - Shelley Adina -The Heroine's Journey
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
2:00PM - 5:00PM
One-on-Ones with Margie Lawson
Villa TBD
2:00PM - 5:00PM
Small Group Writing Sprints
Villas TBD
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Seated Dinner
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00PM - 10:00PM
Night Owl Write In
Villa TBD

Saturday, 04/22/2017

Time
Activity
Location
6:00AM - 7:00AM
Morning Brainstorming Walk
Chateau Les Carrasses estate
7:30AM - 9:00AM
Breakfast / Morning Bird Write In
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Buffet Breakfast
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Morning Workshop with Margie Lawson
Conference Room
12:00PM - 2:00PM
Lunch Workshop - Shelley Adina - Time Management for Authors
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
2:00PM - 5:00PM
One-on-Ones with Margie Lawson
Villa TBD
2:00PM - 5:00PM
Small Group Writing Sprints
Villas TBD
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Seated Dinner
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00PM - 10:00PM
Night Owl Write In
Villa TBD

Sunday, 04/23/2017

Time
Activity
Location
7:30AM - 9:00AM
Breakfast / Morning Bird Write In
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Buffet Breakfast
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00AM - 6:00PM
Leisure Day - on your own
Explore France!
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Seated Dinner
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
9:00PM - 10:00PM
Night Owl Write In
Villa TBD

Monday, 04/24/2017

Time
Activity
Location
6:00AM - 7:00AM
Morning Brainstorming Walk
Chateau Les Carrasses estate
7:30AM - 9:00AM
Breakfast / Morning Bird Write In
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Buffet Breakfast
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Small Group Writing Sprints
Villas TBD
9:00AM - 12:00PM
One-on-One and Pitch sessions
Villas TBD
12:00PM - 2:00PM
Lunch Workshop - Shelley Adina - Strategies for Indie Success
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Louise Fury, The Bent Agency
Conference Room
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing
Conference Room
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Camille Mofidi, Kobo - Self-Publishing and Kobo Writing Life
Conference Room
6:30PM - 10:00PM
Group Dinner in the Village
La Grange - Transportation is provided

Tuesday, 04/25/2017

Time
Activity
Location
6:00AM - 7:00AM
Morning Brainstorming Walk
Chateau Les Carrasses estate
7:30AM - 8:30AM
Breakfast / Morning Bird Write In
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Buffet Breakfast
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00AM - 9:30AM
Margie Lawson - Before and After Pages
Conference Room
9:30AM - 10:30AM
How to Find a Good Translator and What to do When You've Found One - Athina Papa - Literary Translations
Conference Room
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Translations and Marketing in Foreign Markets - Camille Mofidi, Kobo & Athina Papa, Literary Translations
Conference Room
12:00PM - 2:00PM
Seated Lunch / Official Cruising Writers Wrap Up
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace
2:00PM - 6:00PM
One-on-One and Pitch sessions
Villas TBD
2:00PM - 6:00PM
Small Group Writing Sprints
Villas TBD
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Seated Dinner
Chateau Les Carrasses Terrace

Wednesday, 04/26/2017

Time
Activity
Location
8:00AM - 9:00AM
Buffet Breakfast
Chateau Les Carrasses Brasserie
9:00AM - 9:00AM
Depart Chateau Les Carrasses
Quarante, France

Details

Welcome to your French Chateau Writing Retreat!

The cost of your retreat includes:

  • Shared room either in the chateau or one of the luxury villas (upgrades and private rooms are available!)
  • All meals, excluding one on-your-own lunch
  • All retreat events, including pitch sessions, one-on-one sessions, all workshops, and write ins
  • Transportation into the village as specified in the itinerary
  • Relationship-building opportunities
  • Binder with workshop lecture notes
  • Tote bag with goodies

Not included:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Leisure Day Lunch
  • Extra Activities booked through the Chateau

Spouse / Non-writer Guests:

  • Spouses and non-writers are welcome to join you on your French writing retreat. However, meals (other than breakfasts) are not included as part of the spouse / non-writer guest’s room.
  • Writers bringing children must take advantage of the 3 bedroom villas located on the Chateau Les Carrasses estate, due to the limited availability of rooms. (please contact us for more details / any questions)

Travel Tips

The Languedoc is easy to reach, with superb motorway and high-speed rail links providing fast connections to the rest of Europe. No less than eight airports connect Languedoc to every major European city (and many smaller ones) via both scheduled and low-cost carriers.

If you are flying or taking the train you can hire a car using this booking engine link which compares prices and availability from all car hire companies at the station or airport of your choice.

ADDRESS :

Château Les Carrasses,

Lieu-dit Les Carrasses,
Route de Capestang, (D37)

34130 Quarante – France

GETTING HERE:

By Air

Eight international airports offer flights from Languedoc to every major European city, and many smaller ones, via scheduled and low-cost carriers.

These airports are (in order of distance to the Château):

To reach us from outside Europe you can connect to Montpellier, Toulouse or Barcelona  from most major European cities.  Alternatively, fly to London and connect to any of the airports above.

From the airport we can arrange to have you picked up by taxi, or you can hire a car. To arrange a pick up, call us on 0044(0)845 686 8067 (Local rates) or 0033 4 67 00 00 67 (international) or email resa@lescarrasses.com.

By Car

The high-speed A9, A61 and A75 motorways connect the Languedoc region to the rest of France and Europe. Coming by car is now a very practical option, and many of our guests now arrive in their own cars.

If you have any problems, please call us on 04 67 00 00 67 and we’ll guide you in.

For printable driving directions to the Château click here.

By Train

The fast train or TGV is a wonderful way to travel and goes all the way to Béziers, just 15 minutes from the Château.

From the station we can arrange to have you picked up by taxi, or you can hire a car. To arrange a pick up, call us on 0044(0)845 686 8067 (Local rates) or 0033 4 67 00 00 67 (international) or email resa@lescarrasses.com.

To check timetables for the TGV service and make a booking, click here.

Taxis

Béziers Taxis’ offers special rates for Château Les Carrasses guests

  • Béziers train station to Les Carrasses: €35 daytime (€50 after 7pm, Sundays and public holidays)
  • Béziers airport to Les Carrasses : €55 daytime (€80 after 7pm, Sundays and public holidays)
  • For other trips ask for a quote.

To schedule a taxi, please click here.