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Ecrivain (Ecrivain Academy, #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Welcome to Ecrivain Academy.
Here in these storied halls you will be trained to become one of the greatest writers the world has ever known.
There are poetry battles.
Friends. Enemies.
Is your story a romance?
Or is it something darker?
Explore all Ecrivain has to offer.
That is, if you can survive until graduation.
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published July 21st 2019
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Paula  Phillips
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Calliope has ever wanted to do was become a writer, but her parents and family are really strict and see writing as a frivolous activity and believe that Calliope should be concentrating on her academic grades. When her parents find out that she has entered a short story competition, instead of the grounding she had expected. This is the last straw for her parents and they decide to send her to a boarding school called Ecrivain Academy. From the brochures, it looks like it has a strict curri ...more
Ecrivain is the first book in the young adult Ecrivain Academy series by Elizabeth Dunlap. I was immediately pulled into the idea of a boarding school for writers. I loved the whole concept of the school, especially the different houses, like Lovecraft, Shakespeare, and Austen. I loved the idea of being sorted into a house based on your literary style, but what if you want to write more than one kind of book. I felt for Calliope in that regard. She didn't know which style she would fit in with, ...more
Jessica Robbins
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour, own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Definitely an intriguing start to a new series. We meet Calliope who writes because she loves it but has to hide it from her parents. She enters a writing contest in secret but when her parents find out things get really bad. They ground her and send her off to a boarding school which they think will be punishment. She gets a surprise when she gets there only to find out it a school just for writers and
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
How awesome is the concept of this story then? Calliope has rich parents, but they refuse to let her turn into a spoiled brat (even though they have less trouble with her little brother growing up to become one). She's bullied and finds her refuge in reading and writing. When her parents however discover that she writes she's sent to a boarding school. What her parents don't know is that this school is teaching the writers of the future everything they need to know.

And exciting it is! The idea o
Destiny Bridwell
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. As a writer I wish there had been a place like this when I was younger. Calliope is a fun and smart character. This is an amazing journey for her as she makes friends, enemies and trying to find her niche and her voice in her writing. I love the surprise and the thrill of reading of this book. It made me feel good reading it. 
Cassie May
DNF @ 30 %
I normally don't write reviews for books I do not finish, but I wanted to do this one, because I was so annoyed and angry when I broke off reading that I have to say something. I checked other reviews if someone noticed the same thing s as I did, but no one did and because of that I wanted to put my thoughts out there.
First of all... I adore the idea. I really adore the idea of a boarding school for aspiring writers which was why I picked this book up. Unfortunately i hated the heroi
Naomi Downing
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off I want to say, I want to go to this school!

This book sucked me in from the beginning. Calliope is an outcast at school and home, her brother is definitely the favorite child. Her parents made me so angry, they went way overboard with the punishment for her entering a short story contest. After being shipped of to boarding school Calliope thinks it's the end of the world, but this school holds a secret.

I loved how this school is like Hogwarts but for writers, I'm totally Lovecraft house
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
Aug 02, 2019 marked it as read-for-review
Shelves: blog-tour
Such a fun read! I've heard this book mentioned in some of the author/reader groups I'm in, and couldn't wait to read it. I now see why it's already caused a buzz, it's so good! Well written, and enjoyable characters, I can't wait to read more of this series! ...more
Shaun Nightshade
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book that yells Hogwarts for authors. How can I not be turned on by this brilliant concept. Imagine a school that you spend your time writing books. What a school to go to. Not just that but you get sorted into houses according to your literary style. If poetry is your thing, then it’s Shakespeare. Romance, obviously Austen. Rather than have duels with wands, you have poetry duels, best poem wins.

It’s the first of a series. Calliope is sent to this ultra secret school in France. Her parents th
Suzanne Hare
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She was oppressed at home to say the least. Her parents were determined she she only get good grades, no silly ambitions for her. Calliope had a dream, to be a writer, and entered a contest. This got her grounded. A few weeks later she is sent to a French boarding school, Ecrivain Academy which is described as only core corses, lots of discipline and absolutely no options. She finds herself on a plane before she could even call her friend. But Ecrivain Academy is not as advertised and she realiz ...more
Jamie Jack
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-2019
A Writing Academy!

What a novel concept for a fictional academy! There are so many YA novels written about various types of magical schools, but this one is a nonmagical one just for writers. Calliope’s parents decide to send her off to a boarding school that has no extracurricular activities because they want her to focus on her schoolwork and not on writing. They had been most displeased to see that she had spent time working on a story for a writing contest rather than her homework; they do no
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness you cannot leave it there!!!! Ugh! I just...I need the next book like yesterday...I have sooooo many questions I now need answers to... I have to know where people have gone...I have to know what the heck is going on...I...I...I just...ok let's face it I got completely sucked in. There are characters I want to sort out, characters that I just want to hug. That to me is the mark of a good story. It did take me a little time to settle in and get hooked, but once I was, that was it. ...more
Angela Armstrong
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Totally not what I expected! (in an awesome way)

I thought this would be another teen angst story. Home life sucks, sent to boarding school as punishment. This is so not that book.

If you've ever felt like an outsider, ever wanted to belong, if you write or want to write, then this is your book. If you like mystery and suspense, then this is your book.

Elizabeth has done it again. A beautifully crafted story of a young woman finding herself and a fabulous coming of age tale.
Raquel Grace
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ecrivain is the first in a new series, a young adult novel about writers.
Elizabeth Dunlap has done it again! Follow Calliope on her journey, and be prepared to laugh and cry. And maybe do a little “you did what, now?!”
Dunlap does an excellent job weaving this story, and the ending is unexpected and leaves you begging for more!
Can’t wait for #2!
Tonya Vautier
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The start was challenging as I had to get past my disbelief in the stupidity of Calliope”s parents. It was almost too far fetching a plot line. Ignore that and push past, as once Calliope is away from this family and at boarding school, the real quality of the story takes hold.
I am looking forward to the sequel, as the end was too good a cliffhanger to ignore.
Scarolet Ellis
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ecrivain by Elizabeth Dunlap is a wonderful story to read. This is book number one in this awesome start to a to a brand new series for me to read and I love it. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about YA stories as much as I do.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sage Ashton
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg!!! This book was epic!!! I loved the plot and everything that the book had in store for me!!!!

I love stories about boarding schools and this was right up my alley!!

The main character is so like me, it’s insane! I instantly bonded with the characters!

This book was a fast read only because I couldn’t get enough of it!!!
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She wants to write and create new worlds but her parents want her to do something else. So off to boarding school for her as they hope it will take her away from such ideas. They are wrong as it is just the place for her. Something else is also going on. What is it? Can she find out? See if she can

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Leah Diane
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ecrivain is a wild ride that you won't want to get off! This book is absolutely amazing, and such a fun read!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The concept was something so original and interesting that I couldn't put it down!! The only thing that got to me was that ending. It ended so suddenly and with a major cliffhanger! It left me craving the next book, so I can't wait to see what comes next! ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to go to this school! I loved the idea of a school that focuses solely on writing and literature and houses based on different genres and authors such as Shakespeare, Austen and Lovecraft. When we first meet Calliope she says that she has never read a book older than herself which I thought was a bit weird, no wonder she was undetermined meaning she didn’t know which house she fit into as she had never read any of the great classics. The characters were likable, especially Blair and Jamie ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
HOW CAN YOU DO THAT TO USSS??!! You can't end a book like that, I don't know whether I hate or love the author. Ughhhhhh! This book went from 0 to 100 really fast, and I was not prepared!

Ok, now that that's out here are my actual opinions:

For some reason the writing style didn't work for me, and that sort of ruined the pace for me but I definitely think the story made up for it. Hogwarts for authors, like seriously who wouldn't want to attend this school! This book surprised me in a lot of ways
Christine Hunter
When I started this book, I almost set it aside as it seemed to be a YA novel. By the time I completed it, I decided it's definitely not a YA book. What I did discover is that it's a cliff-hanger and I HATE cliff-hangers! Had I known that this is how the book would end, I never would have started it.
As far as the story goes, the beginning of the book is full of holes. I found the parent characters wooden and completely unbelievable. And who would ever name their son Penney?
I found the story di
Sarah Daneen
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked it more then I thought I would. It was an interesting consept and different to other books that I have read.
It is a clean read with some LGBT (secondary characters).
My only negative is that I found it really hard to believe that Calliope did not understand why she did not feel more for the guy she was going out with. She did say that she read modern day books which have romance in it. Also she went to school and must have seen people falling in and out of love. Even the guy she
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little slow on the start, however once Calliope was sent to Ecrivain Academy as a punishment by her parents for daring to waste her time by entering a story in a writing contest the book picked up really quickly. I was so hooked by this story I never realized the ending was coming up until it ended in a cliff-hanger! I can't wait for book 2 to be available and it will go to the top of my TBR list as soon as it is out! While I usually hate cliff-hangers this book had me unable to ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ecrivain Academy is Harry Potter for book nerds! It was such a fun, quick read. Calliope is sent off to a boarding school in France in a crazy effort to keep her focused on her studies and not her writing. Or any extra circulars for that matter. She makes her way through her studies, finding which house she fits in and discovering that what she thought was going to be terrible is actually terrific. Until you get to the end of the book and then oh crap! The book does end on a cliff hanger so fair ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Recieved this as part of the Voracious Readers Only*


This book was amazing. Yes, there were multiple things I wasn't a fan of. Once I got past that I read this book like there was no tomorrow.
Michelle VanDaley
The idea of the story is good but I found the execution lacking. It is a coming of age story with a mystery thrown in. I am not a fan of cliffhanger endings - I wish authors would warn when they occur becasue I would wait for more of the series to be released before reading.
Belinda Clemons
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book is just phenomenal. The characters the plot the places everything was vivid. And that ending I was stunned i really hope we find out what happened to Blair and poor Cal finding her.
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