Creative Writing Courses in France


Too much writing, no time for courses!

“Kick Start Your Project”
the writing course which best-selling author Peter May
devised with his wife, screenwriter Janice Hally
has had to be put on hold for the moment.

The success of Peter’s Lewis Trilogy
(The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man, and The Chessmen)
- with demands for him to attend book signings and give talks across the UK, USA and Europe -
means that his diary is full for the foreseeable future.

Janice has also been busy with current writing commissions
including a second book for French publisher Hachette.

For full updates on their current writing visit:
Peter’s website
Janice’s Website

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but do bear in mind that that
the courses are not being offered at the moment
to receive information about the next course as soon as dates are known,
or in the event that it becomes possible to arrange a course at short notice.

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Imagine taking a week to devote yourself to your writing...

Imagine treating yourself to 7 days of superb food and wine in a
charming hotel, in the heart of beautiful, rural France...

Now, imagine putting all of that together...

  The Tutors

 Arrive with the germ of an idea for
a book
theatre play,
television drama, or
screen play
 In easy steps, you will
develop characters,
story structure and
a solid foundation
 At the end of the week, you'll be
inspired and
motivated to complete your work.
 Courses and Dates
 The Structure of the Courses
 Hotel and Location
 Rates for Accommodation and Courses
 Special Offers for Group Bookings
 Courses by E-mail
 FREE Try a FREE E-mail Course
NEWS about our writers 
Writers' Forum and Chat Room 
SPECIAL: Advice from an Agent 
What People Say About The Courses
How to get here & Travel Links
Links to websites of interest

How to Book
"Kick Start Your Project"
How to Pay
 Contact Us scroll down for details...

What can you expect from "Kick Start Your Project"?FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
"A fabulous location, a wonderful group of people, two inspiring teachers and
in just 6 days I succeeded in writing the outline of an entire novel,
previously never having written more than half a dozen short stories.
The course exceeded all of my expectations and I had one of the best weeks of my life."
Sue, London

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Kick Start Your Project!
Do you want...
to write a book, play, movie, or TV drama,
but are finding it difficult to get started?

 "Kick Start Your Project"...
has workshops and writing assignments guaranteed to get your project underway from the very first day.
Do you want...
to find the time and space to concentrate on your writing?
Chateau Perroterie...
A lovingly restored a 14th century chateau situated on top of a hill with 360 degree views of the the most stunning countryside in the beautiful region of Lot & Garonne in the province of Aquitaine, France (70 km East of Bordeaux).

"Kick Start Your Project"...
pays attention to your creative needs.
Small groups and personal tutorials ensure that the advice you get is tailored to you and your idea.
Do you want...
sound advice from professionals on the best way to approach your idea?
Best-selling author
Peter May
award-winning scriptwriter
Janice Hally
offer you the chance to acquire skills which you will be able to apply to all your future work.

"I feel I have come away with the knowledge of how to structure the story, create the storyline and actually write it. What's more I now also have the belief that I can go and write it - so no more excuses."
Sean D, England

Give your project the best possible start...

 Come with the germ of an idea for a book or drama for stage or screen.

In easy steps, you will develop your characters, story structure and a solid foundation for your project.

After just seven days, you'll leave the Course confident, inspired and motivated to see it your project through to the end.

"Before I came to St Cere my characters were but shadows; they accompanied me home as real people."

Leonie S, Scotland

Click here to contact us with any queries you have about the courses

If you can't come to France, then why not consider a one-to-one writing course by E-mail
do it in your own time at your own pace
click here for details

"I left St. Cere with a fully developed outline and cast of characters for my play,
a group of wonderful new friends from around the world,
memories of a week spent in beautiful surroundings
among people with common interests, and
(the only down side) seven extra pounds due to the
fantastic cheese, meals, and wine served at the Victor Hugo.
Thank you Janice and Peter for your encouragement and enthusiasm,
and for providing this wonderful opportunity."
Leeann M, Canada

Please take a tour of all the pages on the
Creative Writing Courses in France

Click on the links to get more information about each subject...
but first

to previous participants...

Stephanie Siciarz whose novel
Left at the Mango Tree

made it to the quarter-finals of's
Breakthrough Novel Award competition
read an excerpt and review it here

Sean Doyle on the publication of his novel
When Fate Comes Calling

June 2009 (ISBN: 978-1-84624-316-5)

The Tutors
Find out more about best selling author, Peter May
and award-winning scriptwriter, Janice Hally,
who take time away from their own writing
for just a couple of weeks each year, to pass on their expertise.

Courses by E-mail
Can't come to France?

"Kick Start Your Project"
is also available by E-mail
A ten-part Course to work on at home, in your own time.

 Courses and Dates
Details of dates and availability of
7-day Residential Course
"Kick Start Your Project"
Give your idea the best possible start.

 Try a FREE E-mail Course
"Get Writing"

Why not try our 2-part Creative Writing Course?
Guaranteed to get you started.
Absolutely FREE
 The Structure of the Courses
Read about how each Course is organised.
Small groups. Personal tutorials.
Daily workshops and writing assignments.
This page gives a good idea of what a week in St Cere is really like.

 What People Say About The Courses
Read what previous participants have said about our Courses.
The best reference is word-of-mouth.
 Hotel and Location
For more about Chateau Perroterie,
situated in the famous Bordeaux wine region.
Ideal location for a break. Partners welcome.

  How to get here & Travel Links
Links for rail, air, and car hire websites, as well as sites of interest to writers coming to our residential Course

Special Offers for Group Bookings
Do you run a writers' group?
Special rates for groups of 6 or more.
Exclusive Courses and dates to suit your needs.

  Special Feature: Advice from an Agent
A special feature by
Top London Literary Agent Carole Blake
on how to promote your writing
Rates for Accommodation and Courses
Remember, the rates include accommodation, breakfast,

lunch and evening meals (including refreshments and wine).
Bring along your partner and simply pay a
small supplement for their food and lodging.  
How to Book
Find out how to book your place,
or enquire about availability.
Writers' News 
News of the progress and achievements
of writers who have attended the Courses in St Cere, France.
How to Pay
Find out more about how to
pay by credit card online, by U.S. Banker's draft,
by UK Sterling cheque, or by French cheque in Euros.

Writer's Forum and Chat Room

Gateway to the St Cere Writers' Forum and Chat Room
- a special place for previous participants
to nurture the friendships and bonds,
keep the support network alive, or simply share news and gossip...

Choosing a Creative Writing Course?
The things you should find out.

A comprehensive list of commonly asked questions, answered by Peter May and Janice Hally.  Also Janice's article giving practical advice for anyone choosing a Creative Writing Course from a website.

Choose a date for a Course
Is there a particular month which would suit you to come on a Creative Writing Course in France?
Why not click here to request a date?
If there are sufficient requests for a particular month, and if the tutors are available, then a Course might be arranged.

Contact Us

E-mail us direct to ask anything else you would like to know.

"A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing."
– Eugene Ionesco

 "Janice and Peter, I came here with nothing and I feel you have given me some of your magic. I am going home with treasures I hope you will both be proud to read one day. Thank you."
"A fantastic week spent in St Cere... it will remain in my memory for ever."
"Thank you again for a remarkable week"
"I came to St Cere thinking I could write a novel. I went away knowing I can!"

read more of what the writers say about the Courses
Chateau Perroterie
Karen and John Lamb welcome you to
Chateau Perroterie
 "In all my wildest dreams I never imagined I'd have done so much, gone so far in this week. I hope my results will be up to expressing the gratitude I feel."
"A wonderful and valuable week's tuition... I truly believe I will complete my novel!"
" of the best experiences of my life."
"Thank you for a fantastic course"
"Thank you for an incredibly fruitful week!"

read more of what the writers say about the Courses

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Let everyone know how your writing is coming along.
Share your thoughts and worries.
Ask for help or advice.
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writers who have attended the Course.


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