The  L'ATELIER experience is designed to foster a number of constructive and meaningful feedback opportunities throughout the entire week. Participants receive informal feedback during meals, at the aperitif hour and evening readings, and over coffee after dinner. 

We have welcomed writers who are finishing their first short story and others who need focused time to concentrate on their revisions for their agent. What is most important to us is that you receive the time, space, and resources to move your work forward in the way that is best for you.

  • MFA-style critique session with all three instructors  (Included in the 2020 fees)

All three L'ATELIER instructors will meet with individual writers for 60 minutes to provide MFA-level critique on their work during an hour-long supportive discussion. Writers will submit their work (20-30 pages) in advance of the retreat. A second follow-up can be scheduled, if needed, with one instructor.

  • Full manuscript critique (available for an additional fee)

All three instructors will read the first 30 pages (or the opening stories) of your completed manuscript and provide written feedback. We know how important beginnings are in today's publishing world. In addition to this, one instructor will read your entire manuscript and provide substantive editing feedback and an in-person (telephone or video conference) consultation. 


No matter how you choose to custom-design your L’ATELIER experience, we are excited to engage with you and your work.

Note: At L'ATELIER Loire Valley, participants do not read each other's work as part of our program. We find that most of our participants are attending because they need time to write and talk informally through their challenges in a supportive and inspiring community. This is one way we differ from traditional workshops where participants read each writer's work then critique the text.

Of course participants are welcome to forge their own partnerships and exchange work if they create a connection with other writers, and there is plenty of time and space throughout the week to facilitate these meaningful exchanges.