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The Château de Lavigny is situated in a small village between Geneva and Lausanne, overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps. It is able to host a maximum of six writers per four-week session. Writers are provided with a private room and all of their meals. Common areas of the Château are shared as well as the gardens. Apart from occasional readings and exchanges with local literary guests, residents are left on their own to write in peace and beauty. Since the number of participants is small and the geographical distribution quite varied, the importance of exchanges is one of the benefits, challenges, and defining qualities of the experience.

There are four sessions during each season, from early June through mid-September. Each session lasts four weeks. Please go to "How to apply" for all information about the application process.

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Le Château de Lavigny est situé entre Genève et Lausanne dans un petit village surplombant le lac Léman et les Alpes. Il peut accueillir au maximum six écrivains par séjour de quatre semaines. Les invités bénéficient d’une chambre privée et de tous les repas; les salons et les jardins du Château sont ouverts à tous. A part quelques soirées de lectures et d’occasionnelles rencontres avec des gens de lettres du pays, ils sont laissés à eux-mêmes pour travailler en toute tranquillité dans un bel environnement. Le nombre de participants étant limité à un petit nombre et leur provenance géographique très diverse, les échanges culturels prennent une place importante et font de l’expérience un défi porteur de grandes richesses.

La saison s’échelonne de juin à septembre. Chaque séjour dure quatre semaines.
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It would be an understatement to say that my stint at Chateau de Lavigny was pleasant. Actually, it was one of the most fruitful periods of my life, which resulted in poems and essayistic pieces, to say nothing about acquaintances and personal friendships I have struck there. I consider the Château de Lavigny to be a locality of immense significance for European and world culture. It definitely merits every support.
— Tomas Venclova (LITHUANIA) 2003
Je suis sur les pages ultimes du texte que j’ai écrit dans le château enchanteur et sublime de Lavigny. L’énergie, la force que j’y ai retrouvées (celles de mon enfance, puisées dans la nature, parmi les arbres, les fleurs sauvages de ma campagne avant les affres de la sécheresse…), cette énergie donc continuera encore et pendant longtemps de nourrir ma plume et mes rêves.
“La route des clameurs” est né à Lavigny. A Lavigny réside une partie de mon âme d’écrivain. Je n’oublierai jamais.
— Ousmane Diarra (MALI) 2013

 

Former residents

2016

Clément Bénech, France - Rich Benjamin, USA - Julia Deck, France - Luke Fischer, Australia - Katica Garoska Avevska, Republic of Macedonia - Denis Hirson, South Africa/France - Monique Ilboudo, Burkina Faso - Anna Matveeva, Russia - Susan Mc Kay, Ireland - Diane Meur, Belgium - Brian Nelson, Australia/UK -  - Ben Okri, Nigeria/UK - Jean-Pierre Orban, France/Belgium - Tom Pow, UK - Adine Sagalyn, USA/France - Gabor Schein, Hungary - Vladimir Sharov, Russia - Anni Sumari, Finland - Consuelo Trivino-Anzona, Colombia - Anne von Canal, Germany - Jakob Zigunas, Australia/Poland

2015

Raluca Antonescu, Switzerland - Tulsi Badrinath, India - Hajar Bali, Algeria -  Pat Boran, Ireland - Elena Bossi, Argentina - Mathieu Boutin, Canada - Constance Chlore, Belgium - Stuart Dischell, USA - Evan Fallenberg, Israel - Nathalie Handal, USA - Fabienne Jacob, France - Kamal, India - Nadine Pinede, USA/Canada/Haïti - Silvia Pozzi, Italy - Chris Price, New Zealand - Philippe Rahmy, Switzerland - Piotr Sommer, Poland - Eva Tind, Danemark - Katrina Tuvera, Philippines - Sholeh Wolpé, Iran/USA.

2014              
Géraldine Barbe, France- Zdenka Becker, Austria/Slovakia - Sarah Butler, UK - Anca Cristofovici, France/Romania - Jason Donald, UK -  Sylvie Gracia, France - Barbara Gruszka-Zych, Poland - Franck André Jamme, France - Mario Kaiser, Germany - Luis S. Krausz, Brazil - Anton Kruger, South Africa- Nikita Kuznetsov, Russia - Janine Massard, Switzerland - Neva Micheva, Bulgaria - Armenuhi Sisyan, Armenia - Minakshi Thakur, India - João Tordo,  Portugal - Tuccelli, Jessica, USA/Italy -  Malika Wagner, France - Grace Wells, Ireland/UK        

2013              
Biagini, Elisa, Italy - Boehm, Philip, USA - Bogin, Magda, USA - Clark, Ben, Spain/UK - Diarra, Ousmane, Mali - Evans, Julian, UK - Hrbek, Greg, USA - Kehayan, Nina, France - Khaled, Mai, Egypt - Klimova, Maroussia, Russia - McAdams, Janet, USA - Markin, Alexander, Russia - Peer, Alexander, Austria - Provoost, Anne, Belgium - Sakhawarz, Bashir,  Afghanistan - Salem Levy, Tatiana, Brazil - Skov, Leonora Christina, Denmark - Tuszynska, Agata, Poland - Volevich, Irina, Russia - Wilmos, Béatrice, France        

2012              
Cennamo, Laurent, Switzerland - Costa Gomes, Luisa, Portugal - Cracknell, Linda,  Scotland - Devibharathi, India - Fiedler, Heike, Germany/Switzerland - Fives, Carole, France - Guttman, Naomi, USA/Canada - Hubbard, Tom, UK - Husum, Lars, Denmark - Jallo, Zainabu, Nigeria - Korinek, Otakar, Slovakia - Mendes Rosa, Pedro, Portugal - Meyer, Ole, Denmark - Pritchard, Melissa, USA - Shree, Geetanjali, India - Singh, Jaspreet, Canada/India - Skaragas, Gianni, Greece -  Stantcheva, Roumiana, Bulgaria - Zeller, Eva   Germany - Zeppa, Jamie, Canada        

2011              
Amin, Nora, Egypt - Busino, Jean-Jacques, Switzerland - Butlin, Ron, Scotland - Chanel, Anne-Laure, France - Claire, Regi, Scotland/Switzerland - Feldbach, Inna, Estonia - Frost, Elisabeth, USA - Hauserova, Eva, Czech Republic - Hulse, Michael, UK - Kupriyanov, Viacheslav, Russia - Lenkowska, Krystyna, Poland - Lokuge, Chandani, Australia - Martirosyan, Vahram, Armenia - Ngenelwa, Thembelani, South Africa - Nimrod, France/Chad - Revard, Carter, USA - Roman, Jacques, Switzerland/France - Shakespeare, Nicholas, UK - Surani, Moez, Canada - Trodden, Katarina, Sweden - Wuang, China        

2010              
Appelfeld, Aharon, Israel - Banionyté-Gerviené, Stasé, Lithuania - Belber, Stephen, USA - Bilotserkivets, Natalia, Ukraine - Brécart, Anne, Switzerland - Casey, Maud, USA - Dewedy, Mahesh Chandra, India - Dewedy, Neerja, India - Fabbri, Sandrine, Switzerland - Fries, Kenny, Canada/USA - Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, Ewa, USA/Poland - La Farge, Paul, USA - Lambert, Stéphane, Belgium - Lennon, Joan, Scotland/Canada - Mc Alpine, Rachel, New Zealand - Morozova, Elena, Russia - Mosneron Dupin, Thibaut, France - Muzanenhamo, Togara, Zimbabwe - Russotto, Margherita, USA/Italy - Ryabchuk, Mykola, Ukraine - Singh, Suneeti, UK/India - Smith, Morelle, Scotland - Stephan, Susanne, Germany - Tchouhov, Petar, Bulgaria - Umezurike, Uchechukwu Peter, Nigeria - van Schalkwyk, Tania, South Africa/Mauritius/Ger - Von Dach Guesnan, Yla, Suisse        

2009              
Asmarani, Rosalba, Indonesia - Bettega, Amilcar, Brazil - Carrascoza, Joao, Brazil - Cherchesov, Alan, Russia - Coppel, Judith, France - De Juan, José Luis, Spain - Duff, Micheline, Canada- Greeff, Rachelle, South Africa - Hibbard, Allen, USA - Jaffer, Zubeida , South Africa- Keys, Kerry, Lithuania/USA - Kobak, Annette, UK - Lamwaka, Beatrice,   Uganda - Nikolova. Antoaneta, Bulgaria - Pètremand, Mylène, Switzerland - Petsinis, Tom,   Australia - Piazza, Antoine, France - Polonskaya, Anzhelina, Russia - Raihani, Youssef,    Morocco - Rajagopalan, Usha, India - Saran, Mishi, India - Tawfik, Mohamed, Egypt - Vaillancourt, Yves, Canada- Yen, Minju, Switzerland/Taiwan - Zhang, Lijia, China        

2008      
Al-Khamissi, Khaled, Egypt- Ball, Angela, USA - Baranay, Inez, Italy - Barbe, Jean-Paul, France - Cañón, James, USA - Cavé, Jean, France - Dreyer, Tom, South Africa - Dilys, Rose, Scotland - Errachidi, Abdelaziz, Morocco - Galina, Maria, Russia - Gee, Maggie, UK - Jordan, Hillary, USA - Keteleer, Hilde, Belgium - Mahloujian, Azar, Sweden - Marsella-Marietan, Anne, France/USA - Mirjol, Christina, France - Nagai, Mariko, Japan - Perez, Lina Maria, Colombia - Plebanek, Grazyna, Poland - Potocnjak, Draga, Croatia/Slovenia - Pujade-Renaud, Claude, France - Rankin, Nicholas, UK - Rozycki, Tomasz, Poland - Saidullah, Jawahara, India - Shtypel, Arkady, Russia - Smith, Andrea, USA - Smyth, Cherry, UK        

2007              
Anselmo, Marielle, France - Tunisia Barris, Ken, South Africa - Bergfjor,Sissel, Denmark - Cai Tianxin, China - Cruz-Lucero, Rosario, Philippines - Gonzalez, Rigoberto, Mexico/US - Guldbrandsen, Alice, Denmark - Hänninen, Anne, Finland - Juvonen, Anna-Riikka,   Finland - Kennedy, Tom, Denmark/USA - Lagazzi, Paolo, Italy - Le Drian, Marie, France - Lozinski,Mikolaj, Poland - Maestri, Vannina, France - Mambrini, Simona, Italy - Melnicova, Irina, Russia - Mizusaki, Noriko, Japan - Monette, Madeleine, USA/Canada - Moreno-Caballud, Luis, Spain - Moshiri, Minou, Iran - Ohlin, Alix, Canada/USA -  Petöcz, Andras, Hungary - Sivan, Jacques, France - Sweeney, Matthew, Ireland - Thieck, Françoise,   France - Tomerini, Daniela, Italy - Yavuz, Nuran, Turkey - Yu, Young-Nan, South Korea  

2006              
Al-Barghouti, Tamim, Jordan/Palestine - Aubaude, Camille, France - Bleton, Claude,    France - Clark, George, USA/Zimbabwe - Coias, Rui, Portugal - Dunant, Ghislaine, France - Günday, Hakan, Turkey - Hederman, Mark Patrick, Ireland - Johnston, Dorothy,  Australia - Kemp, Jan, New Zealand - Leonte, Carmelia, Romania - Maranan, Edgardo,    Philippines - McCabe, Brian, Scotland - Mehta, Amrit, India - Morrissey, Sinéad,   Northern Ireland - Oakley, Ann, UK - Phiri, Virginia, Zimbabwe - Riemenschneider, Jörg-Dieter, Germany - Shibli, Adania, Palestine - Snodgrass, Ann, USA - Sorrente, Dominique, France - Symmons, Sarah, UK - Todd, Penelope, New Zealand - Velickovic, Dusan, Serbia - Vittoz, Dominique, France - Ward, Patricia Sarrafian, USA - Wieszner, Stefan Ludmilla, Germany        

2005              
Afzal-Khan, Fawzia, USA/Pakistan - Aguilar, Mila D., Philippines - Ajvaz, Michal,Czech Republic - Arima, Takashi, Japan - Bachmann, Daniel Olivier, Germany - Baixeras, Xavier Rodriguez, Spain - Ely, Scott, USA - Garisch, Dawn, South Africa - Greenberg, AlvinUSA -Haahtela, Joel, Finland - Holmes, Janet, USA - Ludvigson, Susan, USA - Magona, Sindiwe, South Africa- Melnicova, Irina, Russia - Moscaliuc, Mihaela, USA/Romania - Mungoshi, David, Zimbabwe - Ostashevsky, Eugene,USA/Russia - Öztürk, Semsa Yegin,    Turkey - Rygiert, Beate, Germany - Salem, Ebtihal, Egypt - Schlossmann, Beryl, USA - Smilevski, Goce, FYR of Macedonia - Tauragiene, Violeta, Lithuania - Toptchian, Alexandre, Armenia - Toptchian, Anahit, Armenia - Verrey, Laurence, Switzerland - Waters, Michael, USA - Xi, Xu, USA/China - Zawacki, Andrew, Slovenia,France,US -  Zdravka, Evtimova, Bulgaria        

2004              
Al-Aswany, Alaa, Egypt - Al-Mougy, Sahar, Egypt - Berková, Alexandra, Czech Republic - Bisutti, Donatella, Italy - Brossard, Nicole, Canada - de Broqueville, Huguette, Belgium - Delaporte, Florence, France - Dimitrova, Kristin, Bulgaria - Ellenbogen, George, USA/Canada - Faschinger, Lilian, Austria - Fell, Alison, UK - Freed, Lynn, USA - Greene, Jeffrey, USA - Kudryavitsky, Anthony, Ireland/Russia - Lafazanovski, Ermis, FYR of Macedonia - Linner, Barbara, Germany - Lofiego, Vivian, France/Argentina - Manickan, Sara, Malaysia - Musariri, Blessing, Zimbabwe - Ogden, Hugh, USA - Pellet, Christophe,    France - Rose-Innes, Henrietta, South Africa - Shaaban, Nagwa, Egypt - Srivastava, Atima,   UK - Sticks, Igor, Bos.-Herz./Croatia       

2003              
Abinader, Elmaz, USA - Brandt, Di, Canada - Cambor, Kathleen, USA - Chimeloane, Rrekgetsi, South Africa- Contamin, Laurent, France - Dido, E.K.M., South Africa - Duncker, Patricia, UK - Eriksen, Jens-Martin, Denmark - Fogtdal, Peter H., Denmark - Franz, Carlos, Chile - Gschwend, Ragni Maria, Germany - Huang, Bei Ling, China - Jones, Tayari, USA - Konstantinov, Gueorgui, Bulgaria - Kriseová, Eda, Czech Republic - Krog, Antjie, South Africa - Laroze, Franck, France - Li, Leslie, USA - Martin, Mircea,  Romania - Nolan, Patricia, Ireland - Nomura, Kiwao, Japan - Pineda-Botero, Álvaro, Spain - Roma, Fabio, Italy - Roper, Mark, UK - Rozas, Ixiar, Spain - Shute, Jenefer, UK - Starnino, Carmine, Canada - Venclova, Tatiana, Russia - Venclova, Tomas, Lithuania - Wells, Kellie,    USA       

2002              
Al-Badry, Hala, Egypt - Alison, Jane, USA/Australia - Arditti, Michael, UK - Balcázar de Bucher, Cecilia, Colombia - Blandiana, Ana, Romania - Cáccamo, Xosé, Spain - Celyn-Jones, Russell, UK - Cervenková, Jana, Czech Republic - Echevarría, Fernando, Portugal - Jaffeux, Marc, France - Khemir, Mounira, Tunisia - Kinsolving, Susan Baumann, USA - Larsen, Marianne, Denmark - Metelerkamp, Joan, South Africa- Morgan, Juan DavidPanama - Murín, Gustáv, Slovakia - Mustafaj, Besnik, Albania - Paulino-Netto, Brigitte,    France - Pridal, Antonín, Czech Republic - Rusan, Romulus, Romania - Shishkin, Mikhail,  Russia - Sotiropoulos, Ersi, Greece - Steven, Kenneth, Scotland - Stone, Carole, USA - Tawfiq, Sahar, Egypt - Torres, Anabel, Colombia - Toyton, Evelyn, USA - Vallejo Canedo, Gaby, Bolivia - Yahp, Beth, Australia/Malaysia - Zenie-Ziegler, Wedad, Switzerland/Egypt   

2001              
Alexander, Meena, USA/India - Al-Tahany, Miral, Egypt - Bakr, Salwa Ahmed, Egypt - Berold, Robert, South Africa - Bönt, Ralf, Germany - Czerniawski, Adam, Poland - Frost, Carol, USA - Frost, Richard, USA - Gherman-Tazlauanu, Valentina, Moldavia - Gloria, Eugene, USA - Grobéty, Anne-Lise, Switzerland - Hardie, Kerry, Ireland - Hardie, SeanIreland - Khair, Tabish, India - Lakhina, Louliana, Russia - Lapinski, Igor, Ukraine - Marojevic, Igor, Serbia - McCarthy, Thomas, Scotland - Megged, Aharon, Israel - Olin-Zila, Elisabeth, Sweden - Or, Amir, Israel - Popov, Alek Vassilev, Bulgaria - Pos, Sonja,  Netherlands - Roy, André, Canada - Sewell, John, UK - Suska, Dariusz, Poland - Temkina, Marina, USA/Russia - Ueberle-Pfaff, Maja, Germany - Zabuzhko, Oksana, Ukraine - Zoritte-Megged, Eda, Israel        

2000              
Brewer, Gaylord, USA - Bulkin, Kyrlo, Ukraine - Corn, Alfred, USA - Dubroff, Susanne, USA - Enckell, Monique, France - Gallaire, Fatima, France - Jeffmar, Marianne, Sweden - Kabeš, Petr, Czech Republic - Kareninová, Anna, Czech Republic - Kassem, Mahmoud   Egypt - Kaur, Parm, UK - Keegan, Claire, Ireland - Kharitonov, Mark, Russia - Kniazeva, Marina, Russia - Lacroix, Jean, Belgium - Le Bot, Huguette, France - Le Bot, Marc, France - Marcus, Melissa, USA - Mazur, Nina, Ukraine - Melhem, D.H., USA - Mokdad al-Jemni, Omar - Tunisia Mông-Lan, USA/Vietnam - Murdock, Maureen, USA - Schrank, Ben   , USA - Vaishnav, Harihar, India - Vajpeyi, Udayan, India - Villanueva, Tino, USA - Zagajewski, Adam, Poland        

1999              
Adjati, Toussaint, Benin - Amin, Nora, Egypt - Bang, Mary Jo, USA - Bartolomé, Efraín, Mexico - Carbó, Nick, USA - Carr, Pat, USA - Dawe, Gerald , Ireland - Fathi, Ibrahim, Egypt - Gamalinda, Eric, USA Philippines - Hancock, David, USA - Honig, Lucy, USA - Jamme, Franck-André    France - Krähenbühl, Claire, Switzerland - Leuwers, Daniel, France - Michalopoulou, Amanda,    Greece - Mützenberg, Denise - Switzerland Peitz, Christiane, Germany - Richez, Valérie-AnneFrance - Sayed , Hanaa , Egypt - Scarfe, Eunice , Canada - Smith, Frank, France - Tanska, Natalie, Czech Republic - Treitel, Jonathan , UK - Ulacia, Manuel , Mexico - Válek, Jan, Czech Republic - Volevich, Irina, Russia - Volkow, Veronica, Mexico - Woodall, James, UK - Yoshikawa, TsunekoJapan - Zapanta Manlapaz, Edna, Philippines.      

1998              
Al-Beheiry, Neamat, Egypt - Anderson, Allison, USA - Beuse, Stefan, Germany - Boelsums, Mirjam, Netherlands - Bouatchidzé, GastonGeorgia - Cristovici, Anca, Romania - Dávalos Arze, Gladys, Bolivia - Djebar, Assia, France/Algeria - Duhamel, Denise, USA - Eppel, Asar,  Russia - Feinbork, Mattias, Germany - Gibbons, Reginald, USA - Grivina, Irina, Russia/Netherlands - Hinsey, Ellen, France/USA - Hollander, Jean,   USA - Jamis, Rawda, France/Cuba - Kellner, Michael, Germany - Kennedy, Tom, Denmark/USA - Levine, Miriam, USA - Meinke, Peter, USA - Melcer, Ioram, Israel - Roy, Bruno, Canada - Spelman, Cornelia, USA - Swabey, Fiona, UK - Swan, Gladys, USA - Szilagyi, Julianna, Romania Telpaz, Gideon, Israel       

1997     
Borgeaud Georges, France/Switzerland - Cavasson Stefania, Italy - Collins Tim, Australia - Desarzens Corinne, Switzerland/France - Forgach Andres,  Hungary - Fuguet Alberto, Chile - Hannaham James, USA - Jay Salim, France - Johnson-Davies Denys, Canada - Lichtenfeld Kristiane, Germany - Manea Norman, USA - McLaughlin Anne, USA - Raus Michel, Luxemburg - Roze Pascale, France - Tietze Rosemarie, Germany - Tokarczuk Olga, Poland - Tsalka Dan, Israel - Ueberle-Pfaff Maja, Germany - van der Linden Gerry, Netherlands        

1996    
Balla Zsófia, Hungary - Delarue Claude, Switzerland/France - Dove Rita, USA- Fink Ida, Israel - Hitzer Friedrich, Germany - Hitzer Silvelie, Germany - Hubay Nikolas, Hungary - Keller Christophe, Switzerland - Monioudis Pericles, Greece - Mooj Martin, Netherlands - Schmitter Elke, Germany - Stock Raymond, USA/Egypt- Telpaz Gideon, Israel - Viebahn Fred, USA