Writing retreat in the French Alps

Write your book in one week: October 9 – 16th

In the south of Europe, in the middle of the famous ski area of ​​Les Arcs, lies the mountain-hamlet ‘Les Granges’. Our authentic writers chalet offers comfort in the middle of nature, forest, silence, and with beautiful views of the mountains. The ideal place to write your book without distractions; whether your book is still in the early stages, you are already working on a manuscript, or it is almost finished.

We will be taken care of (or should I say spoiled?) by the Dutch chef Martijn van den Elzen and host Maartje, who have lived in the mountains for years and will show us the most beautiful places. In addition to the writing workshops and personal guidance you will get from me, there are also beautiful walks, meals prepared by our personal chef, and a massage to ensure optimal inspiration. A wonderful opportunity to get away from it all, to be completely cared for, to relax and tap into your inspiration.

A designer will create a first draft of your book cover. This will make your book really come to life, and it is THE moment to start your promotion and maybe even pre-sell you book. There is also a workshop with my publisher Jan-Willem Gerth about self-publishing, e-books, printing, distribution, etc. You can ask him anything about publishing your book, what a publisher pays attention to, who to approach, etc. In order words: No excuses to write and publish your book.

What results can you expect?

Whatever stage your book is at, whether it is just an idea or half-finished, you will return from the retreat with more insights and a much improved/expanded version. Check out examples, the daily program, and other general info for all writing retreats.

Writing retreat in the French Alps

“Thanks for all the love, positive & creative energy, inspiration, and motivation.
I’m truly inspired to keep on writing my book!”

Cécile Dekkers

Writing retreat in the French Alps

“It was such a great week!
It was especially wonderful to get to know the other writers personally – in addition to the writing course.”

AJ Scott

Writing retreat in the French Alps

“Such a creative and meaningful week of writing!
(and eating 😋) (and drinking🍷)”

Kees-Jan Dijkstra

Writing retreat in the French Alps

“I came here with nothing but an idea.
I leave with over 40.000 words and a clear plan for my book.”

AJ Scott


Naturally, this week is all about writing. We follow a structured program to get the most out of our time together. Every morning I give a workshop on a theme that you can immediately put to use that day. Lunch is provided in the chalet or in the garden, so you can continue working undisturbed. If you need 1 on 1 guidance, it is always available.

Once a day we take a walk or mini-excursion, sometimes combined with lunch (picknick!) or dinner. This provides the ideal combination of maximum writing time and enjoying the surrounding Alps. The program and other general information that applies to all of my writing retreats can be found on the writing retreat page.

The first evening, during the welcome dinner, we’ll decide on the details of the program together. Below are some excursions and activities you can choose from:

  • A mountain or forest walk

  • A special ‘writers’ massage at the chalet. We will definitely do this one!

  • Dinner at boutique restaurant Le Petit Hibou. Every writers favorite excursion!

  • A yoga class with a view over the mountains

  • A wine tasting 🍷

  • A cooking workshop with fresh local products (you can also just eat, if you don’t feel like cooking…)

  • A magical night or evening walk through the forest

Write your book in the French Alps
Writing retreat in the French Alps
Writing retreat in the French Alps
Writing retreat in the French Alps

“A week of no distractions, being able to focus 100% on your book is really a gift for yourself.
With an inspiring club of international writers, private chef Martijn who conjured up the most beautiful local dishes for us twice a day, and the energetic guidance of Esther Jacobs, the completion of my book on authentic storytelling really got a boost…
Now I need to tie up the loose ends and then my manuscript can go on to the publisher, I already have the cover!”

Kees-Jan Dijkstra

Writing retreat in the French Alps

“My employer asked me to write a book
and I had no idea how to do it.
Esther not only helped me with the outline and structure
but also introduced me to promotion, publishing, and much more.”

Catharina Ooijens

All-inclusive price

Everything is included in this price: accommodation with a private bathroom in our own authentic writer’s chalet, all meals, drinks, snacks, daily writing workshops, private guidance, and excursions. Even a cooking class, a wine tasting, dinner in a good restaurant and a massage are included. Your trip to the Alps is your only expense. The program and general information can be found on the general writing retreat page.

Private room:
Regular price €4495

Get more than €1000 ‘Early bird’ discount

EARLY BIRD DEAL for just €3490

Shared room:
Regular price €3495 p.p.

Get more than €1000 ‘Early bird’ discount

EARLY BIRD DEAL for just €2490 P.P.

They did it!

AJ and Catharina share their experience of the French Alps writing retreat

Travel info

The writing retreat in the French Alps takes place in the hamlet of Les Granges (near the famous ski resort of Les Arcs), part of the municipality of Bourg Saint Maurice, Savoie.

We will start on October 9th around 5 pm with a welcome drink and dinner. So make sure you are there on time. You can travel by car, train or plane. Below are all options.

By car
Travel time from Amsterdam to Les Granges (Bourg Saint Maurice) is approximately 10 hours, including stops. A good place to stay if you want to split the trip in two days is Novotel Nancy Laxou.

Fly to Lyon or Geneva
About two months in advance you will receive a flight schedule with the best flights. At the airport, you can rent a car: www.rentalcars.com. Both from Geneva and Lyon Airport, it is also about a two-hour drive to Les Granges.

If more people fly to the same airport and at least three want to share a transfer, we can arrange that for you. The transfer price is €95-130 return, depending on the number of people traveling.

Write your book in the French Alps

Fly to Paris and then take the train
KLM offers a combined flight/train ticket: AMS -> Paris CDG -> train Lyon Part Dieu (XYD), the train station of Lyon. From there you can then book a connecting train to Bourg Saint Maurice. We will pick you up from the station.

By train to Bourg Saint Maurice
The TGV runs to Bourg Saint Maurice. All train times can be found on this website. We will pick you up from the station.

If you need to stay an extra night we can recommend you a hotel in Bourg Saint Maurice. At the start and end of the retreat we will pick you up and bring you to Bourg Saint Maurice (10 min. down the mountain from the chalet).

Write your book in 1 week on Mallorca
About the retreats

General writing retreat info


March 24-31st

Write your book in Mallorca

May 24-31st