Switzerland: Art of Writing Afternoon Tea Workshops at Le Richmond hotel, Geneva

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by Jonell Galloway

Happening/Event: Geneva, Switzerland


Starting Saturday, 12 February 2011, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Discover and develop your creativity with words and enjoy an afternoon’s revelry of easy refinement with a delightful Afternoon High Tea at The Lounge at Le Richemond.  The legendary Le Richemond introduces a series of The Art of Writing workshops inspired by the French author Colette who penned the Blue Lantern at the hotel from 1946-1947.

The workshops are taught by Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Switzerland who has published three memoirs and most recently a handbook on writing. The Art of Writing workshops are open to everyone who is looking to awaken their creative voice and sharpen their writing skills.

The workshops will be conducted in English, with French translation as necessary. Guests of all ages from teens to adults are invited to attend and enjoy a traditional afternoon high tea complete with finger sandwiches, scones, homemade pastries and a selection of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

The Art of Writing workshop is available during the calendar dates mentioned below and is priced at 49 CHF per person. Make it an effervescent Afternoon High Tea with a glass of Prosecco priced at an additional 10 CHF.

12 February – A Valentine Afternoon Tea with a Writing Workshop
Theme: writing a love letter or poem to someone special
Time: 3 p.m.
Location of workshop: Coppet
Afternoon tea to commence at The Lounge – 4:30 p.m.

5 March – Afternoon Tea at Le Richmond with a Writing Workshop
theme: Discovering Colette, writing a journal entry

April 9 – Afternoon Tea at Le Richmond with a Writing Workshop
theme:  Discovering Madame de Stael, writing a journal entry

14 May – Afternoon Tea at Le Richmond with a Writing Workshop
theme: Writing a travel essay

4 June – Afternoon Tea at Le Richmond with a Writing Workshop
theme: Writing a very short story

Photo courtesy of zOxx.

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  • Alice Dale
    February 27, 2012

    I would like to talk with Ms. Tiberghien about how best to improve my 16-year old son’s writing skills. He is a student at the International School here in Geneva. Do you offer some limited tutoring?

    • Jonell Galloway
      February 27, 2012

      I do indeed offer coaching. I’ll send you an e-mail. Thanks!

    • Jonell Galloway
      February 28, 2012

      I’ll pass your message on to Susan as well.

  • nora collins
    September 10, 2012

    Looks like we’re moving to Switzerland from southern France in November of 2012 – are these teas still being held? I’d love a reason to go to Geneva at least once a month, and would like to re-start my writing…


    • Jonell Galloway
      September 11, 2012

      Yes, they are, Nora. It’s a long-standing Geneva tradition.

  • Oriane
    March 12, 2013

    Hello everybody

    Afternoon High Tea – sorry, but this is not historically correct for Brits.
    Afternoon Tea (or Low Tea) starts in GB at the afternoon.

    High Tea (or just “Tea”, also “Meat Tea”) starts in GB at the evening (6-7 p.m.) as an evening meal with a pot of tea und here “High” doesn`t meen “Upper” at all. This meal was early the working class meal, today you can enjoy this tradition in North of England and Scottland in a family. “High” comes meybe from “High table”, because this meal was taken at the high family table, not at the low upper class tables. The high tea food is very common food like pies, big sandwiches, roasts, tea bread, frits… nothing from the elegant menu of afternoon tea with French pastry, scones and finger sandwiches.

    But I know that in America and in the Germany some people mix afternoon with high tea or think this can be the same thing… “High” sounds better, doesn`t it?
    But Afternoon High Tea sounds like a funny contradiction.


    • Jonell Galloway
      March 13, 2013

      Thanks for your detailed information, Oriane. I certainly didn’t know about all the distinctions between “teas”. Don’t they call the afternoon tea at Harrod’s “high tea”?

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