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Creative Writing Courses, Carcassonne, France: 17-30 June, 2019, The French House Party, Carcassonne


Six and seven-day summer residential courses with the acclaimed Sarah Hymas at a chic 8-bedroom house with pool and tennis court in Southern France, close to the Canal du Midi.

French House Party is not short of media plaudits for its ‘World’s Best’ excellence, including from the Sunday Times , the National Geographic and the Daily Telegraph.  These all-inclusive workshop weeks are tutored as always by professional mentor and prizewinning poet Sarah Hymas.

June 17-22, 2019: ‘Write Like No One’s Watching’ – 6-day tutored course for beginners or experienced writers. £895.

June 24-30, 2019: ‘Pen&Think’ -  7-day tutored Retreat for more experienced writers requiring specific personal mentoring in a relaxing location of tranquil beauty. £995.

Sarah Hymas is a co-founder of The Writing Smithy, a UK mentoring and manuscript appraisal service. An Arvon Foundation prize-winner, she has written and published poetry, plays, lyrics and short stories.

“Sarah Hymas: "One of the greatest tutors I’ve had the pleasure to know.” – writing professional and past participant Brendan Harding.

“Ingeniously clever as a creative writing tutor, Sarah is the perfect choice at the French House Party, Carcassonne.”  – writer Rick Beech, past participant.

“I love the laidback ambience and serious level of comfort … tutor Sarah Hymas somehow gets you writing beyond your usual capability while you think you are just having fun.” - poet and past participant Gabrielle.

To book, contact  or phone 07900 322791 (UK mobile). Bookings and payments may also be made via the website:

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