Come to Paris

Whatever the reason—the Seine, the flower boxes, the jazz, the baguettes—Paris charms lovers and inspires artists and writers.

Let the inspiration find you.

Spend a week in Paris. Join a small group of fellow travelers/writers for morning workshops—yes, in English!—then wander the city in the afternoon, perhaps lingering at a cafe to write, perhaps finally climbing the Eiffel Tower.

Paris Café Writing seminars are ideal for the independent traveler who wants just a little structure to release the creative writing process.

Some evenings are planned—a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner, a spot for jazz—but there is time to write or to explore Paris on your own or with a fellow student.

There will be one free day, perhaps for your own excursion to Versailles, Chartres, or Angers. You’ll be in France, writing.

No formal writing experience is necessary.

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Your leader in 2016 is Patricia Tennison, a career journalist from the Chicago Tribune, an award-winning author and university writing professor who splits her time between Chicago and Paris.

Teacher, poet—and husband—Joseph Prendergast re-joins Paris Café Writing now that he has returned from teaching in China.

The focus is creative nonfiction writing. This means writing about real people, real places, and really good food. Work on your personal memoir, a new freelance idea—or just the most magical postcards you’ve ever posted.
Patricia Tennison in Paris

“The Paris Café Writing workshop experience exceeds every expectation I ever could have had for it. It was more than a writing workshop; it was a new way of life, for seven full days, filled with inspiration, new ideas, endless good food, and great company. Patty is an extraordinary, gifted teacher.”

Thérèse H.

Alexandria, Virginia

“It was glorious. You have a true gift for teaching. I think many of us were there searching for something that was missing from our writing lives; you helped us find it … You and Joe certainly were the most gracious hosts a visitor to Paris could have!”

Cheryl M.

Lima, Ohio


  • - Welcome package
  • - Orientation to Paris
  • - 5 Continental breakfasts
  • - 3 Lunches
  • - 4 Dinners
  • - Walking tour
  • - Jazz concert
  • - 5 writing seminars
  • - Private writing session

Not included:

Air or land transportation to and from Paris; local transportation; hotel or apartment; other meals; personal items; travel insurance.

Copyright 2016 Paris Café Writing–All Right Reserved

2017 sessions:

  • June 11-17, 2017 (5 spots available)
  • June 25-July 1, 2017 (2 spots available)
  • Nov. 12-18, 2017 (3 spots available) Returning PCW traveling scribes! (by invitation only)


  • $1,350 - ($1,250 if registered by Feb. 15, 2017)
  • 2018 sessions:

    • May 27-June 2, 2018 (8 spots available)
    • June 10-16, 2018 (8 spots available)
    • Nov. 11-17, 2018 (8 spots available) Returning PCW traveling scribes! (by invitation only)


    • $1,450 - ($1,350 if registered by Feb. 15, 2018)
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