Fall in love with Paris

Paris Cafe Writing is a great way to fan the flames of your creative passions

Patty Tennison (third from left) and Joe Prendergast enjoy refreshments with the June 2017 Paris Cafe Writing group.

Paris Cafe Writing will help you find your creative voice.

Meet French natives and people from around the world. And write about it.

Spend mornings in workshops—yes, in English!—with a café au lait and croissant and your creativity.

In the afternoon, you’re free to wander the city, perhaps lingering at a cafe to put your thoughts on paper or laptop. The main focus here is on creative non-fiction.

Some evenings are planned—a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner, a spot for jazz. Others are open to endless possibilities.
Paris Cafe Writing has captured the imagination of writers from students to pros.

“I saw Paris through the eyes of the locals. After a few days, I was strolling down the narrow streets by myself, riding the bus and subways,” writes Janice Canty, Paris Cafe Writing scholarship recipient.

“My session with Patty (Tennison) on its own was worth the trip to Paris. I was really struggling with a subject and the brainstorming with Patty gave me a new perspective that will hopefully turn into the beginning of a book,” adds Purposeful Travel blogger Kathy Thomas.

No experience is necessary at Paris Café Writing workshops, making them ideal for the independent traveler such as Kathy who wants just a little structure to unleash an inner muse.

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Your leader in 2018 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 after finishing a teaching gig in China.

Sign up now for 2019 sessions. (The May 27-June 2, 2018 and June 10-16, 2018 sessions are already filled.)

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“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.

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2018 sessions:

      • May 27-June 2, 2018 (FILLED)
      • June 10-16, 2018 (FILLED)
      • Nov. 4-10, 2018 (FILLED) Returning PCW traveling scribes! (by invitation only)


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

2019 sessions:

      • June 2-8 2019 (8 spots available)
      • June 16-22, 2019 (8 spots available)
      • Nov. 3-9, 2019 Returning PCW traveling scribes! (Returnees only. Contact us for availability)
      • Cost:
  • $1,450 – ($1,350 if registered by Feb. 15, 2019)

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