This workshop-retreat is led by James Bonnet, author of Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers and Filmmakers.

These private one-on-one sessions in Nans Sous Sainte Anne, France, with James Bonnet, considered by many to be the leading authority in all things related to story and storymaking, will take you beyond Three Acts and The Hero’s Journey to a more complete understanding of the story principles you will need to create successful novels and story films that are significant, enduring and have universal appeal. 

As we begin our journey together, we will take an in-depth look at the essence of story – that without which there would be no story - and the hidden structures all great stories have in common. Then, as we continue to fine-tune your story, you will experience the source of your creativity, how to create charismatic characters, narrative structures that will make your story unique, and high concept great ideas and log lines that will generate excitement and compel the right people to get involved. 


Autumn in eastern France is tranquil and beautiful — the perfect place for a creative writing adventure. Each evening we will gather together over a delicious dinner and excellent wine as we analyze an important film or book and enjoy laughter and stimulating conversations with new friends and colleagues.


Space is very limited, so don’t delay in signing up for this important opportunity.


We recommend staying with us at the workshop/retreat location – the 18th century l’Ombre du Chateau, a beautiful B&B. Our charming and congenial hosts, Catherine and Pierre Basso-Moro, are offering our writers a special discounted rate. After registering, we will send you the contact information for l’Ombre du Chateau.


For transportation information contact Diane: 


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A Few Reviews


“Employing psychological theory and his own hard-won insights, James Bonnet demystifies the magic of creative storytelling. Stealing Fire from the Gods is intelligent and fascinating.”  Robert Crais, New York Times Best-Selling Novelist


“My advice to aspiring writers is simple: Read this book. Go to this seminar. There are some real pearls here.”  Billy Ray, Screenwriter, The Hunger Games, Flight Plan, Shattered Glass,  Academy Award Nominee for Captain Phillips


“James Bonnet’s Storymaking Retreat in France introduced me to an approach that I have used in everything I have written since. As our group bonded and met again in Santa Monica, James’ process continued to become the natural way I write. As always, so many new ways of thinking and creating stories emerged, and this made me realize the incredible richness of James’ ongoing mentorship.”  Erin Byrne is an award winning writer, most recently for 2012 Travelers’ Tales Grand Prize Silver Solas Award for Spirals, Memoir of a Celtic Soul


“Not only does Jim have a profound understanding of story but he can apply it to a writer’s work to identify what’s working and what’s not working in their story. He saw the source of a big problem in my novel and showed me how to fix it on the first day of our one-on-one sessions.”  Gary Bower, physicist, author, The Physicists’ Code


“James Bonnet is about challenging you to look deeply into your own fascination and attraction, to mine your story for the richness and texture that compels you to write. His tools will jump-start and intrigue you. Your connection to your craft will deepen, and your horizons will expand.”Raymond Singer, screenwriter, Disney’s Mulan