The Essoyes School


“A new school dedicated to old ideas…”

The Essoyes School (pronounced ESS-wah) is named for the beautiful little village in the Champagne region of France, two and a half hours southeast of Paris,  in which we offer our some of our classes and workshops.

There is no Essoyes School building–though there is a building in Essoyes in which we offer classes–and our classes are not limited to any particular country or discipline.  Since 2008 we have offered small-group writing workshops in Essoyes in the spring and fall. In the summer of 2010 we ran our first drawing workshop in Essoyes, and  our Skychaser workshops–centered in but not limited to the visual arts–are under development.

Individual writer and/or artist retreats, with or without coaching assistance, can also be arranged.

You can get a sense of our approach to travel and literature and the relationship between the two; learn what we mean by  “writing from the heart;” and find out more about Essoyes by browsing the articles on this blog.

And you can find out more about the Essoyes School by visiting us on Facebook or by contacting Janet Hulstrand:

We hope you will consider joining us in one of our our adventures in learning!

3 Comments Add your own

  • […] to include a reunion/workshop with some former attendees and a couple of new participants at The Essoyes School in Essoyes, France, and then narrowed even further as one of the writers and I set out for some […]

  • 2. reneejohnsonwrites  |  November 2, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Thank you, Janet, for your support and tutelage.

    The Essoyes School–and you–allowed me to develop the courage to step outside of my comfort zone and take my writing to a new and exciting level. Who would have guessed that when we first met in 2010, I’d be promoting my second novel release within the following five years?

    I would encourage everyone with a writing project–large or small–to settle into the cozy village of Essoyes, France for an adventure within themselves. The physical journey into Champagne sends the signal that something important is about to happen. It certainly did for me.

    All the best,
    Renee Johnson

  • 3. Janet Hulstrand  |  November 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Renee, It has been such a pleasure and an honor to work with you and to watch you, and your career, flourish and grow. And you have only just begun! I’ll be continuing to watch your star rise and to take pleasure in the fact that I had the privilege of helping you see just how good a writer you are! 🙂 As you know, I am one of your biggest fans, and will always be here to lend whatever wisdom and help I can as you continue along your path.


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