Discover your Elixir

June 15 - 22, 2021

Campbon, France

Capture Storytelling Magic

Ever dream of being whisked away to a remote French château to do nothing but write, sip wine, and eat fresh-baked baguettes? There’s a retreat for that


Elixir Writing Retreat, a retreat for kidlit writers seeking a place to escape and then return home with the “elixir” (get it? Nerdy Hero’s Journey wordplay?), will be held from June 15 to

June 22, 2021 at the Château Coislin hidden away in the countryside of western France

Time to write. Time to learn. Time to live.

At the Elixir Writing Retreat, you’ll get the opportunity to do everything that feeds your writing:

  • Daily quiet time for writing

  • Professional, hands-on instruction

  • Connection with other writers

Plus, you’ll get the chance to experience French culture firsthand! The food, the history, the beautiful countryside. We have a number of fun activities, too, including a wine tasting, a French brunch and cooking demo, and a trip to the picturesque Mont Saint-Michel!

​Get expert instruction and inspiration from New York Times bestselling author Nova Ren Suma.


Nova is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult novels and a two-time Edgar Award finalist. Her latest novel A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES was a finalist for an Edgar Award and called “shiver-inducingly delicious” by the New York Times.


Her other novels include the #1 New York Times bestselling THE WALLS AROUND US as well as IMAGINARY GIRLS, 17 & GONE, and DANI NOIR. Her short stories have appeared in the anthologies 'Slasher Girls & Monster Boys,' 'Toil & Trouble,' and 'It’s a Whole Spiel.'


She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and is co-editor-in-chief of an online publication of YA short stories called FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology


Nova leads a popular YA novel retreat at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, and is core faculty in the Writing for Children & Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Philadelphia.

Featuring New York Times bestselling YA author Nova Ren Suma!

Alongside Nova Ren Suma,

Kate Angelella, Kyle V. Hiller, and Ross Angelella will be leading the lectures.

Kate began her career working as an in-house editor for Simon & Schuster. There, she edited for the chapter book, middle-grade, tween, and YA book markets. During her time at S&S, Kate edited several series, including the renowned middle-grade series NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS.


She also acquired and edited over thirty additional novels, including the first novels published by Kekla Magoon, winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent and NAACP Image Award, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Nova Ren Suma.

Kate earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her writer/editor/teacher husband, unbearably cute son, and two sassy cats in Baltimore.

Kate Angelella

Kyle V. Hiller specializes in young adult and middle grade fiction. He favors magical realism and coming-of-age narratives and particularly seeks to amplify the voices of marginalized writers. Character development and nuance are the strengths of the Temple University alum who swears that if he ever grew up, he’d lose all his virtuosity as a purveyor of storytelling. Also, he loves his mom.

Kyle is the self-published author of 2016 novel THE RECITAL and the upcoming PROJECT ANJOU slated for 2020. He sharpened his editorial skills as Kate Angelella's assistant in 2017. He's the Associate Editor at Broad Street Review and has appeared in Paste Magazine, Al-Jazeera, Philadelphia Metro, Twinfinite, The Urban Twist, and more. He's a #RevPit editor, too!

Kyle V. Hiller

Ross Angelella is the author of the adult literary debut ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press, 2012). His journalism, essays and award-winning short fiction have appeared in various journals, including The Literary Review, Hunger Mountain, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Fiction Writers Review. His short story “Sauce” won The Coachella Review’s grand prize in 2012.


In addition, he has ghostwritten numerous novels, including both NANCY DREW and HARDY BOYS novels.


He holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He has taught fiction writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches writing at the University of Maryland, College Park and screenwriting at Towson University.

Ross Angelella

Daniel Waldman

Daniel is a former marketing and PR executive turned expat and freelance writer/editor. He has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and public relations, including spending 7 years running his own boutique agency.


He got his start as an editor at a vanity press, and later went on to lead marketing and communications at a variety of agencies before starting his own business.


He has a BA in English from Loyola College in Maryland and a MA in Communications from Georgetown University.


He’s also a published short fiction writer, with a short story published in Bewildering Stories.

Elixir's event manager and fellow Angel Editor Daniel Waldman will also be in attendance.

What You Can Expect

A typical day at Elixir will open with breakfast, followed by writing time, lectures, panel discussions, and an evening activity.

We'll close each night with dinner.

8 - 9am                       Breakfast

9am - 1pm                 Writing time

Noon - 2pm               Lunch

2:30 - 3:30pm             Lectures/panel discussions

5:30pm                       Apero/evening activity

7 - 9pm                       Dinner

About the Château Coislin

Situated in the heart of a 10 hectare park, the Château of Coislin is a 19th-century château that was fully refurbished in 2015 with unparalleled style and comfort.


It offers a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, and all the amenities you need for a comfortable and productive stay.

The Château is approximately 40 minutes west of Nantes, France

History of the Château

The château of Coislin used to be the main city of a duchy-peerage erected by Louis XIV in favor of Armand du Cambout, knight of the order of the King.


Coislin was an old seigniory, nowadays located on the commune of Campbon. It was an important feudal possession of the county of Nantes. During the dismemberment of the feudal castle in 1565, it was acquired by René du Cambout, lord of Coislin.


From then, the lordship of Coislin was erected as a marquisate at the initiative of the king in 1656. Another emblematic figure of the Cambout de Coislin family, Marie-Anne, marquise de Coislin, was Louis XV’s mistress.


She was at the origin of the construction of the hotel de Coislin, located at the corner of the rue royale and Place de la Concorde in Paris. During this period, she worked with Châteaubriand, who was one of her tenants and became her friend and confidante.


The name of some rooms of the château are named after them: Marie-Anne room, Louise room. You will also find the room of Armand, knight of the order of the King, and the room Henry-Charles du Cambout, bishop of Metz and commander of the order of Holy Spirit.

Applications now open!

The cost of the Elixir Writing Retreat is $3,600 per person.


What’s included:

  • Your stay at the Château Coislin

  • Transportation between Nantes airport, Nantes train station, and the château

  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at the château

  • Lectures and panel discussions by Angelella Editorial staff and Nova Ren Suma

  • Evening entertainment/activities

  • Transportation to and from Mont Saint-Michel

What’s not included

  • Transportation to France and Nantes (where we’ll be meeting up)

  • Food at Mont Saint-Michel

Timeline for Payment

  • An $1800 (1/2 of total payment) deposit will be due upon acceptance. Deposits are non-refundable.

  • All outstanding fees will be due by March 1, 2021.

    • Anyone not making the final payment will lose their space at the retreat.

Protect your investment with a "Cancel For Any Reason" insurance policy, which can be purchased separately and independently. Be sure you can attend before booking as we do not offer refunds.

Applications are now open.


Angelella Editorial will review all applications and attendees will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled.


Notification of acceptance will be sent within 3-4 weeks of the application date.

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