Writing Retreat in Paris

Paris skyline showing the Eiffel Tower

Write in the City of Light

ENG 502: Writing Retreat in Paris

Spend seven to ten days exploring the beautiful city of Paris through the eyes of a writer. Paris holds one of the greatest collections of cultural resources in the world, and its monuments, museums, parks, cafes, and shops will be our classroom. Students will participate in intensive workshops, discussions, readings, and in the literary and cultural life of the city as we begin to understand why Gertrude Stein said, “America is my country, and Paris is my hometown.”

The tour will include workshops with an MFA faculty member and plenty of time and space to dedicate to your writing project.

Who May Participate?

  • Students enrolled in the Ashland University MFA Program.
  • Ashland University MFA alumni.

Partners or other non-student traveling companions may join the group by paying a partial program fee to cover housing, administration, insurance, and other group fees.

Program Cost

Program costs will be updated once trip details, itenerary and costs are finalized.

Deadlines and Payments


Student Comments from Past Ashland MFA Writing Retreats in Paris

"This trip increased my awareness in so many different areas. It's unreal & truly remarkable."

"Wonderful life changing experience in terms of developing my writing and affecting my cultural literacy."

"The best part was just being in Paris, being able to see it. Highlights for me were the D'Orsay and Cluny museums, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Notre Dame, the Seine and its islands, the Tuileries garden, cafes and shops, [and] street performers."

How to Apply

  1. Start an application with the Ashland University Study Abroad Office
  2. Submit deposit to the Global Education Office - 211 Bixler, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805 - prior to the deadline.


Sarah Wells, Program Coordinator
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Rebecca Parillo
Global Education Office

**Exception: If the trip is canceled due to inadequate enrollment, deposits will be refunded.

group of students in Paris with visiting writer and faculty in a cafe