OCTOBER 4 to 9, 2018


Writing for the Resistance in St. Paul de Vence 

with Shannon Cain


A 5-day advanced-level workshop for writers of literary prose, in English: fiction, nonfiction, personal essays, autofiction, etcetera.


In recognition of our precarious times and in support of writers working in resistance, the workshop will focus specifically on writing that seeks to engage the reader in critical thinking around social change. Craft conversations will include close readings by writers whose work has influenced the advancement of peace and justice.


Includes intensive manuscript critque; individual consultations; readings; craft talks; and time to write. Workshop is limited to 10 participants. Acceptance is by application. 


Meals & Lodging

The registration fee includes breakfast, cocktail hour and dinner every day. Expect the best cuisine the region has to offer. Daily French continental breakfast; lunch (on your own) from one of many excellent local restaurants, wine and hors d'oeuvres every evening, and a private chef at dinnertime.


We will help you arrange accomodations within the village of St. Paul de Vence within a short walking distance to our workshop space. Options for lodging are plentiful, including vacation apartments, hotel rooms for all budgets, and even a medieval convent. The cost of rooms will vary from about $300 to $800 per person for 6 nights, depending upon the accomodations you choose. 


Your Facilitator

Shannon Cain has taught creative writing at universities in the U.S. and Europe, including in the MFA program at Bennington College. Her writing has been recognized with the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, the O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, a fellowship from the US National Endowment for the Arts, and the "skills and talents" permanent resident status from the Republic of France. Books, stories and essays edited by Shannon have won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction, and have been accepted for publication by dozens of fine literary magazines. She has directed five social justice organizations, including a health education project for homeless women, a fundraising consulting firm, a feminist philanthropy, and an independent literary press. She is the founder and director of La Maison Baldwin, a cultural organization that employs the arts to celebrate the life of the writer James Baldwin in St. Paul de Vence.

Daily Schedule

8am: breakfast

9am to 12pm: master class peer critique workshop

12-1:30: lunch (on your own)

1:30-3:30 pm: individual consulting sessions/craft conversations

3:30-6:30pm: free time to write and explore

6:30pm: cocktail hour and dinner

8:30pm: dessert & readings (open to the public)


Scholarship and Fellowship

One fellowship (tuition, room and meals) and one scholarship (tuition and meals only) will be offered for this workshop. The selected Fellow will be asked to co-lead the writing workshop and deliver a craft talk; the selected Scholar will be asked to volunteer time helping to organize the workshop, welcome participants and serve as their logistical liaison. To apply, please send 20 pages of your work (doublespaced) along with a cover letter explaining why you're interested in the scholarship or fellowship (please select one) to shannon@thecainagency.com. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2018.



The fee for the workshop and meals is $975. A 50 percent nonrefundable deposit is due upon registration; the remainder is due before September 1, 2018.


To Apply

Please send a sample 10 pages of your best work to shannon@thecainagency.com. Include a statement about the relationship of your work to social justice. The application deadline is September 1, however acceptances will be made on a rolling basis. Only 10 slots are available and the best rooms in the village normally book well in advance, so it's best to apply early.


Writing for the Resistance in St. Paul de Vence -- Oct 4 to 9, 2018