Join Richard Goodman for a sensory-filled 6 days of writing in the South of France

Dates:  Jun 15-22, 2019
Levels: All
Workshop Fee:  $2995
Class Size: 9

You’re sitting at a table in a garden in Provence. There is a glass of wine before you on the table.  The tall plane trees throw dappled shadows on the grass. There is a slight scent of lavender in the air.  You open the notebook next to your glass. You pick up a pen. Provence is giving you myriad things to say. You settle on one.  You begin to write.The writing flows and continues to flow. 

This is the magic of the South of France, this is its unique ability to stir the senses and inspire the imagination with its light, its scents, its sights and sounds.  And this is a chance for you to experience that unique light-filled inspiration yourself in June and to write your heart out. Join Richard Goodman in this sensory-filled week and give your writing—whether it’s memoir, food writing, travel writing or the personal essay—and whether you’re deep into a project or just beginning—the unique inspiration of Provence.

We will be staying together at the charming Hotel Castelet des Alpilles in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This is Van Gogh country, the South of France at its most charming and its most inspiring. With its Roman ruins, open-air markets, charming cafes and thyme-scented streets. There will be subjects to write about everywhere you turn.  Avignon is just twelve miles away and Arles a little over fifteen.You will be in the heart of the heart of Provence, what the French call la France profonde.

Image Credit: Elizabeth Opalenik

Each morning will be devoted to talks about craft, writing exercises, discussions and reviewing writing brought to the workshop.  We’ll read about the region, about its storied history—its art, food and wine. We’ll learn about the wild, lovely country nearby.  Afternoons will be spent exploring the village and the local region.

Take this opportunity to let glorious Provence inspire your mind and heart—and your writing.

Tuition note: Tuition fees include lodging, daily breakfast and two group dinners.  A non-refundable 50% deposit is required at the time of booking. We encourage early booking to secure your seat in the workshop as well as enabling us to guarantee your room.

Travel:  The airport in Marseille (MRS) is an easy 90 minute drive to St. Remy via the A7. Paris is a little over a 7 hour drive on the A6 and A7. Air connections between Paris and Marseille are inexpensive. Rental cars readily available, but pre-booking ia advised.

When to arrive:  Saturday June 15

When to depart: Saturday morning June 22 .

Companions: Non-writing companions are welcome to the share the same room for a surcharge of $500.

Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France and the introduction to Travelers’ Tales Provence.  He twice lived for a year in the South of France, first in a small village near Nîmes and then in Sanary-sur Mer on the Mediterranean coast. He has written about France and its food and culture for the New York Times, Saveur, Creative Nonfiction, French Review and Grand Tour.  He has taught writing workshops for many years in New York City, Louisville, New Orleans and, most recently, Maine. 

Terms and Conditions for Travel Workshops
  • 1. Reservations & Payments
    • A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop.  Final payment in full is due 45 days prior  to the start date of  your workshop unless stated differently in the course description..  Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.
  • 2. Cancellations
  • 3. Basis of Rates
    • All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.
  • 4. Insurance
    • It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses. See our travel insurance recommendations here.
  • 5. Itinerary Changes
    • The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.
  • 6.  Passports and Visas
    • A valid passport is required for all international travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered.  Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.
  • 7. Medical Issues
    • All participants must be in good health.   You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration.  This document may be found on the course description page.
  • 8. Liability Waiver
    • Every participant is required to sign Maine Media’s Waiver of Liability before departure for their workshop.   Click here to download.
  • 9. Responsibility & Photography
    • To ensure a safe  experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations.  The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment.  No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop.

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Instructor: Richard Goodman

Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France and the introduction to Travelers’ Tales Provence. He twice lived for a year in the South of France, first in a small village near Nîmes and then in Sanary-sur Mer on the Mediterranean coast. He has written about France and its food and culture for the New York Times, Saveur, Creative Nonfiction, French Review and Grand Tour. He has taught writing workshops for many years in New York City, Louisville, New Orleans and, most recently, Maine.