“France is an endless source of inspiration for writers”
It’s not always feasible to find a group, workshop or literary event within easy travelling distance, but possibilities exist online. Internet-based writing communities such as Wattpad and Scribophile allow authors to upload their writing and readers to discover it. Scribophile requires writers to give thoughtful critiques of others’ work before uploading their own. A small online community, Writers Abroad, specifically offers expat writers the chance to review each other’s work in a secure environment, improve their writing skills and network.
Several Facebook groups also exist specially for readers and writers living in France, for example, ‘Writers Groups in France’ and ‘Writers in France’ (both run by Victoria Corby), ‘English readers living in France’ and ‘French Focus Friends’, which has a separate book club. They enable you to make contact with like-minded people and find out what is taking place in your region.
So the opportunities are there, as Kate Rose says, “Living in France has given me the chance to do what I have always dreamed of doing: thoroughly immerse myself in writing and encourage others to write, in books and in literary festivals. There must be something in the French air...”