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Penning in Paris

I’m delighted to announce that registration for Penning in Paris is now open!

Creating and running this retreat the past few years has been a dream. Sharing my favorite experiences in the world’s most inspiring city (yes, I’m biased) while offering the space to nurture creative sparks is an honor.

Here’s what one participant had to say:

I highly recommend Penning in Paris. It was a lovely experience in a beautiful city. Kimberly is the perfect host. She helped me find the inspiration, direction, and motivation to become a better writer. I appreciated her guidance on finding my voice. It was great to write and share with a group of supportive, like-minded women. I now have the courage to start my own blog. I would do this retreat again!

Below is all the scoop on our July retreat, along with a discount through November 30. Hope to see you in Paris! You won’t regret it. Bisous. x

Paris is always a good idea.—Audrey Hepburn

Spend five days exploring the City of Light through led writing workshops July 23-27, 2018. This year’s jaunt coincides with The Hemingway Society’s annual conference. The city will be filled with literary love!

Each day will include a leisurely breakfast followed by morning workshops and free time to explore the City of Light. Afternoons or evenings will include outings such as a picnic at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, yoga in Luxembourg Gardens, savory lunch and tea at Ladurée (bonjour rose macarons), jaunts to favorite English bookstores, a champagne cruise on the Seine, meditation in the oldest church in Paris, and additional sensory surprises.

Picture yourself writing in cafés where Hemingway and de Beauvoir wrote, sharing your literary dreams, and deepening your commitment to a writing project. In our workshops you’ll learn writing tools, tips to find your voice, ways to structure your prose, how to share your writing through social media, and more. We’ll also explore writing prompts and the science behind using writing to heal and deepen self-awareness.

There will be daily unscheduled space for exploring the city on your own by tiptoeing through the Tuileries, window shopping along the Champs Élysées, visiting Mona Lisa at the Louvre (or a favorite Monet at Musée d’Orsay), and sipping a cup of café au lait at a sidewalk café.

Our boutique hotel is perfectly located near Luxembourg gardens and, upon arrival, you’ll find a customized goody bag filled with writing and nourishing accoutrements for our journey.

This adventure is for newbies to journalers to published writers—anyone longing to connect with their creative spark and explore an inspiring city with a like-hearted, intimate group of women.

Early registration encouraged due to limited openings. Only 10 spots available.

Investment: $2395, {$2245 through 11/30}

Tranquility du Jour #407: The Writing Process

The Writing Process with Kim Manganelli. In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, we chat about her journey to becoming a lit professor, work with the Amherst Writers & Artists method, creation of Wisteria (formerly Wildflower) writing workshops, plus writing struggles and advice.

Tranquility du Jour #407: The Writing Process with Kim Manganelli


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Upcoming Events

Daybook + Playbook Pre-sale: through October 20

Shape Soirée Talk in Richmond: October 20

Writing in the Woods in West Virginia: October 27-29 {1 spot left}

Yoga + Mindfulness Mini Retreat in DC: December 31

Yoga, Mindfulness + Creativity in Costa Rica: February 17-24

Yoga + Art in West Virginia: May, 2018 TBA

Featured Guest: Kim Manganelli

Kim Manganelli is an Associate Professor of nineteenth-century literature at Clemson University and a novelist in progress. She is a Certified Leader of the Amherst Writers and Artists method whose Wisteria Writing Workshops give writers of all levels of education and experience a safe and playful space to get their words out of their heads and onto the page. She currently lives in Greenville, SC but is always dreaming of Paris. Visit her online at


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One Spot Left: Writing in the Woods

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.—Anaïs Nin

Long for writing space and time in nature? Join us next weekend, October 27-29 for the annual Writing in the Woods retreat. There’s one spot available.

This tranquility-filled weekend is for the writing curious to the published author and immerses you in a writing and yoga connection. Practice yoga (not catered to brand new yogis), pen responses to writing prompts, learn inspiring writing tools, and explore the path to publication.

We’ll roast vegan marshmallows around a campfire, dine on homemade vegetarian cuisine, write what bubbles up, practice yoga and mindfulness, reflect on where we are, and renew our sense of connection to the muse.

Here’s a peek into former Writing in the Woods retreats: 2015 and 2016.

If this experience is calling to you, click below for more information and to register. The woods are waiting.