The Brouzils Seminars


Les Brouzils 2010 Creative Arts Workshops

A two-session summer program in France for writers and artists.

The Brouzils Seminars. A limited-term residency program for serious students who wish to be mentored by accomplished professionals in a setting well away from the familiar surroundings of everyday life.

The Brouzils Seminars meet in July in a small village in the French Vendée. Major workshops in journalism and creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, children’s literature and screenplay writing are offered to participants who have demonstrated a commitment to specific writing projects and who wish to bring those projects closer to completion.

Workshops: The two 14-day workshop sessions are conducted in a small, private chateau situated in a park opposite the village church in Les Brouzils. The first session begins July 1 and ends the day after Bastille Day. The second session, which starts July 16 and ends July 30, coincides with an important regional literary festival held in the neighboring forêt de Grasla on the third weekend in July. In 2009, more than 60 authors participated.

Location: The Vendée, situated in the west of France just south of Brittany and the Loire, is the most traditional of French regions, with a rich history and its own distinctive character. The quiet village of Les Brouzils is located less than an hour from Nantes and approximately three hours from Paris by rail. An hour to the west is the coastal village of Les Sables d'Olonne. A rural railway station is nearby.


The Brouzils Seminars July 2010 Series.

Enrollment is limited. Late registrations will be waitlisted. Some workshop classes may be combined.

Classes and calendar.

·         Session 1: 1 July to 15 July.

·         Session 2: 16 July to 30 July.

Each seminar meets daily, except weekends. For details, see below or email info at



·   The Graduate Poetry Seminar.

·   The Undergraduate Poetry Seminar.


·   The Graduate Non-Fiction and Journalism Seminar.

·   The Undergraduate Non-fiction and Journalism Seminar.


·   The Graduate Fiction Seminar.

·   The Undergraduate Fiction Seminar.

·   Children’s Literature.


·   The Graduate Screenplay Seminar.

·   The Undergraduate Screenplay Seminar.

Supporting courses, small-group seminars, discussion groups and mentorships.

·  Writing for Documentary Films: A weekend workshop.

Memoir-writing sessions. The Seminar’s popular memoir-writing sessions are held at various times during the year. For details, click here.

Studio courses in illustration, language and music are scheduled during the sessions according to demand. Workshops may be combined.

The Institute Faculty members are listed here.

A syllabus for each major workshop is available on request.

Notes: Most seminars are scheduled to meet before lunch each day, allowing the rest of the day for small-group activities, writing and travel. Weekends are free. A limited number of bicycles are available for use by participants. Wireless internet service is available at the chateau.

All participants must be fully insured against injury and illness. The Brouzils Seminars can assume no liability whatsoever for participants’ injuries or illnesses. The use of Seminar property must be completely at participants’ risk. The chateau building is quite old. Those with special needs should contact us before enrolling.

Fees and enrollment procedures:

Tuition and fees, including accommodation: US$2850.00 per two-week Seminar session or US$4750.00 for both sessions. Tuition and fees, excluding accommodation: US$1990.00 per two-week Seminar session or US$3750.00 for both sessions.

Includes accommodation (when selected and available), seminar and small-group courses and evaluations, breakfast and light lunch buffets (on class days), enrollment fees, travel expenses for all required group expeditions, a welcoming party for the first session, a mid-term July 14 evening salon, and a farewell dinner for the second session.

Accommodation: A limited number of participants may be accommodated in Chavagnes at the college by prior arrangement on a first-come, first-served basis. Bedrooms are single or double occupancy. Additional person supplements apply. En suite bathrooms are not available. We will help arrange accommodations. An accommodation and information list is available here.

Not included: Air fare, insurance, travel document fees (including valid passports), independent excursions, telephone charges, books, any personal items.

Transportation: London and Brussels are often the most inexpensive destinations in Europe for participants coming from the US. Ryanair operates frequent, low-cost air service between London and Nantes and/or La Rochelle. Connections from Brussels and from Paris to Nantes by rail are fast and frequent. Direct TGV trains link Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris with Nantes. Car rental is available in Nantes and in La Roche sur Yon. SNCF-TER trains provide transportation to Nantes from the neighboring village, (l'Hébergement). Trains to and from Nantes run several times daily; travel time is approximately 35 minutes. Travel time to Les Sables, on the coast, is approximately one hour.

Enrollment procedure: Please submit by email a current CV, a writing sample and/or a statement of goals. For those who prefer to use our formal application form, one may be downloaded by clicking here. If you have a question or need assistance, please contact the Seminars. The email address: info at

Academic credit information: The Seminars are fully accredited. Through our American partner, Fort Hays State University, graduate and undergraduate credits are awarded on the basis of participation and accomplishment. Course syllabi are available on request.

A $400 enrollment fee, applied against tuition, must accompany all applications. The enrollment fee is refundable only if the applicant is not accepted by the Seminars or if a session is canceled. All remaining fees are payable in advance and due 30 days before the beginning of the first seminar meeting. A fifty percent refund may be made if cancellations are received by the Seminar administrator in writing before 1 March 2009. A ten percent refund may be made for cancellations received by the Seminar administrator in writing before 1 May 2000. Notification address: Brouzils Seminars, US Agent, 118 N. Locust St., Mankato KS 66956 USA. No refunds are possible after 15 May 2009 or for students who withdraw from the Seminars at any time after a session commences. These fee policies apply to all students regardless of enrollment date.

Payment of all fees may be made through PayPal invoice or by check through the US agent: Brouzils Seminars, 118 N. Locust St., Mankato, KS 66956.

For additional information, please email info at

Les Brouzils a century ago. Not much has changed. The village has kept its quiet charm.


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