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Creative Writing Retreat
at a Private Château

Find new inspiration, shake your daily routines, and dedicate time to your writing at a private château in the quintessential French countryside.

July 13 - 20, 2022

July 25 - August 1, 2022

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Your Creative Writing Retreat

The Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés

is your creative escape to shake your daily routine, ditch the daily distractions, and immerse yourself in inspirational surroundings.


Connect with fellow writers and generate new ideas during daily workshops and excursions. Experience an authentically French setting and connect with new characters in this bucolic pocket of rural Dordogne. 

You’ll become part of the Manor & Maker community,  creating relationships that could last a lifetime.

Your Week of Creative Writing

Imagine that each day brings a new experience in beautiful surroundings to fuel your writing ideas. Stretch your skills as a writer, finding new creativity in an authentically French location.  You’ll have direct one-on-one time with your facilitator, and the community support of the other writers in your group, who love being creative as much as you do.

Your choice of July 13th to 20th OR 

July 25 to Aug 1, 2022

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Overhead view of Chateau de Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Dordogne, France

Your Private Château

You’ll stay in the privately owned

Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés,

nestled in the Dordogne countryside, overlooking the town of same name.  We're not open to the public, or as a B&B. Live the château life in a historic building, parts of which date back to the 16th century.

Your Dedicated Facilitator

Sandra Benns, a new Canadian author breaking onto the literary scene in 2021, has found her voice crafting stories relating to the plight of urbanites in the big city of Toronto, Canada. Her characters live in the characterful neighbourhoods that comprise the history of Toronto. Both her new trilogy and her new series focus on a timeline of the 1930s through to more contemporary times of 2016.

Before publishing her novels, Sandra enjoyed a long career in education – curriculum design and administration of post-graduate courses in law & ethics and teaching English as a second language.

When asked how she balances her writing schedule, her work and family life that includes two small granddaughters, she smiled and shook her head, “Pinch me. Just pinch me. I’m living the dream.”