O Taste and See: Writing the Senses in Deep France


JUNE 5, 2017 - June 12, 2017
Fee: $2395 includes all instruction, lodging, and most meals

Join Poet
Marilyn Kallet
for the
writing adventure
of a lifetime

"Above all, I learned to breathe.
Like the roses of Auvillar,
I opened to what was around me.
I inhaled and savored."


-- Tomi Wiley
   2010 workshop participant

This is a writing workshop with emphasis on, but not limited to, poetry writing, in which we invite language to help us celebrate the sensory joys of being in Southwest France.  The workshop is entering its sixth season: both returning students and new students are welcome to join and deepen their work.  

Everything is poetry in Auvillar

We are located in the village of Auvillar, one of the “most beautiful villages in France,” where food is fresh and delicious, the scenery is vibrant and the light changes hundreds of times each day.  The Garonne River courses by and offers its own poetry.  The 13th century walls, built on Roman ruins, evoke history at every turn. Everything is poetry in Auvillar—it is impossible not to write here.   So come join us for the writing adventure of a lifetime, led by experienced poet and professor Marilyn Kallet, author of 16 books of poetry, translations, essays, and children’s books.

It's impossible not to write here

The workshop includes a visit to the open-air market in Valence d'Agen as well as photography and cooking demonstrations with gourmet chef, professional photographer, and journalist Christophe Gardner. Most meals are provided and will be of gourmet quality, composed of fresh, local foods.

Christophe Gardner has been the chef for various restaurants with Michelin stars: Le Chardonnay  in Reims, Le Morvan in Avllaoon, Jean-Claude Ferrerro in Paris.

He owned Ile de France, Bloomington, Le Monthelie, Montreal, and Main à la Pâte, Montreal.  He started photographing professionally 36 years ago, and is starting a photography agency in Auvillar.  His photographs were displayed in June 2012 at the Tourist Bureau of Auvillar.

Christophe writes and photographs for the newspaper, La Dépêche du Midi.


Marilyn Kallet

Marilyn Kallet is the author of 17 books, including “The Love that Moves Me,” a collection of poems set in Auvillar and “Packing Light: New and Selected Poems,.” She has translated Paul Eluard’s “Last Love Poems,” and Benjamin Péret’s “The Big Game,” Black Widow Press, 2009.   Dr. Kallet directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Tennessee, where she is also Professor of English. 


Click here to see photos of the 2012 workshop

Click here to see a slide show of the 2010 workshop 

Click here to read Marilyn's blog about her experiences in Auvillar, at Red Room.