Write your book in the French Alps

October 9-16th 2022

Write your book in the French Alps

In the south of Europe, in the middle of the famous ski area of ​​Les Arcs, lies the mini-mountain-village ‘Les Granges’. Nothing but nature, forest, silence, and beautiful views of the mountains. The ideal place to write your book in peace; 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 (read: 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, a wine tasting, a cooking workshop, a yoga class, 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.

The special ‘treat’ about this writing retreat in the Alps is that my publisher Jan-Willem Gerth will also be there. I sometimes call him my ‘publishing guru’ because he knows everything about self-publishing, e-books, printing, distribution, etc. You can ask him everything about publishing your book, what a publisher pays attention to, who to approach, etc.

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.

“My book idea has become tangible because of
the peace and space I have experienced here.”

Andrea Dronk

“What an incredible week!
Words fall short of what became possible here.”

Ton Kooiman


“Great that these weeks exist,
in which you can fully recharge!”

Sophie Fischer


“Incredibly inspiring; good people, great ideas and tips.
Plus a wonderful place to work.”

Angelika Kuiper


Naturally, this week is all about writing and 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.

At the end of the afternoon or evening, we take a walk or mini-excursion, combined with dinner. This provides the ideal combination of maximum writing time and still seeing the unique aspects of the 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 examples of excursions to get to know the Alps better:

  • A mountain or forest walk

  • A yoga class with a view over the mountains

  • A special ‘writers’ massage at the chalet

  • A wine tasting 🍷

  • Dinner at boutique restaurant Le Petit Hibou

  • 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
Write your book in the French Alps
Write your book in the French Alps
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“The food is un-be-lie-va-bly delicious and the environment is inspiring.
I am ready to publish my life story!”

Carole Donkers

“I felt like a racing horse, having been stuck in the start gate for ages.
As soon as it opened, I went for it!”

Jacoline Steegstra

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“This carefully chosen environment has its effect.
I am going home with new energy.”


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 €3750

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Shared room:
Regular price €2750 p.p.

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Carol, Willo, Annaliza, and TJ share their experience of a writing retreat in Mallorca

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 10th 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.
If you choose the flight to Lyon, you can use our transfer. We will pick you up and take you to the airport (about 2 hours drive). The transfer price is €95-130 return, depending on the number of people traveling.
From Geneva Airport, it is also about a two-hour drive to Les Granges.
At the airport, you can rent a car: www.rentalcars.com

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. We will pick you up from the station.

If you need to stay an extra night we can arrange that for just €75 (incl. breakfast/dinner). We will pick you up and bring you to Bourg Saint Maurice (10 min. down the mountain from the chalet).

All train times can be found on this website.

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